Niall O’Brien is a left handed batsman and wicketkeeper who plays for the Ireland cricket team. The other teams for which he has played are Northamptonshire, Kent and Ireland Under-19s.
O’Brien played his first One day International on 5th August 2006 at Ayr against Scotland. In this match, he batted at the No. 4 position and scored 32 runs in 55 deliveries. He took one catch and completed one stumping. Ireland won this match by 85 runs. O’Brien debuted in Twenty20 Internationals on 2nd August 2008 at Belfast against Scotland. In this match, he took two catches. He batted at the No. 3 position and scored 22 runs in 37 deliveries inclusive of 1 boundary. Ireland won this match by 4 wickets with 1 delivery to spare.
O’Brien has participated in 29 One day Internationals in which he has scored 708 runs at a batting average of 25.28 and strike rate of 64.71. His highest score was 72 and he hit 7 fifties, 63 boundaries and 3 sixers. He has taken 22 catches and effected 5 stumpings. He has taken part in 4 Twenty20 Internationals in which he has scored 38 runs at a batting average of 12.66 and strike rate of 53.52. His highest score was 22 and he has taken 3 catches and completed 1 stumping.