In my post yesterday on the ongoing World Cup, one of my takes was that the tourney this year had too many bad teams. While I still stick to that opinion, I did make the mistake of including Ireland in my list of minnows that are diluting the strength of the competition.
Well, it took all of 1 day for Kevin O'Brien and Ireland to make me look totally ignorant and utterly foolish. What an innings and what a victory! Coming as it did against a highly-fancied English team that had knocked the jeepers out of India just a few nights earlier, this victory was all the more remarkable.
So as ought to be the right action to take, here is my homage to what was undoubtedly one of the best ODI innings ever played, and, in my mind, the best World Cup batting performance along with Kapil Dev's 183 versus Zimbabwe in 1983, and Dave Houghton's 100 against Australia in 1987.