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Ireland hero Kevin O`Brien would be willing to play in the Indian Premier League were a franchise to make a bid for him.
The 26-year-old was a virtual unknown on Wednesday morning but went to bed a household name after smashing 113 to help Ireland surpass England 327 in Bangalore. He brought up his century in just 50 balls - the quickest in the tournament`s history - and bamboozled England`s attack with a brutal display of power hitting.
Bookmakers have already offered odds on England asking him to play for them. O’Brien came to the crease with Ireland at 106 for four, when their chances of winning were rated at 400-1 by some. The former Nottinghamshire man soon put paid to that, though, and was then happy to reflect on a “fantastic occasion” for Irish sport.
He said: “From a personal point of view, and I think I speak for a lot of Irish sports teams, not just cricket, beating England in any form of the game in any sport not only at a World Cup is always a fantastic occasion. I’m sure a lot of people watched that game, just like they watched the Bangladesh game . “We gave a lot of people something to smile about back home and a lot of people got behind us from then. It’s great to put a smile of their faces and really showed what we’ve been threatening to do for a while now and really back-up the performance. “We have that belief for a long time now that we can do something like that and to actually go out there and do it is a different story to thinking you can do it.
“It is not just something that you can get overnight. We have had that belief for a couple of years now that we can beat anyone on our day and if we click in all departments of the game, which we know we have to in this tournament, then we can roll off results like this.”

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