Was it the luck of the Irish? No. It was the man from Dublin, Kevin O”Brien.
Ireland’s stunning, dramatic and near impossible victory over their old rival England re-inforces the importance for a cricket World Cup to feature inferior teams like Ireland, Scotland, Kenya and Canada. As temporary as the positive momentum may carry in Irish cricket, this result exposes the benefit for developing sides to play against established power-houses. Persisting with the battlers is worthwhile.
However, the English One Day cricket team may want to re-assess their bold ambitions of becoming the number one nation in all formats of the game. Perhaps, taking care of the consummate battlers in world cricket is as far as they should dare dream.
One thing is certain, every Australian will be raising a glass in honor of the English humiliation.