Andy Balbirnie

Ireland
Age
December 28, 1990 (32 years)
Role
Batsman
Birth Place
Dublin
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
Ireland
Bowling Style
Off break

Andy Balbirnie is the current Ireland captain across formats and he has been around for more than a decade now. He is one of the batting mainstays for Ireland in all the three formats and he has been very consistent as well.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
-
-
-
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

Ireland, Glamorgan, Ireland A, Middlesex, Ireland Under-19, Cardiff MCCU, Ireland XI, Leinster Lightning, Dublin Chiefs

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
51
49
2
1752
145*
37.28
2199
79.67
6
14
172
26
T20I
42
42
1
940
83
23.5
725
129.66
0
3
111
17
Test
4
8
0
179
82
22.38
341
52.49
0
2
27
0
IPL
0
0
0
0
-
-
0
-
0
0
0
0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
51
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
T20I
42
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
Test
4
1
6
8
0
-
8
-
-
0
0
0
IPL
0
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

His career started off with a couple of Under-19 World Cups. He was a player in 2008 and led the Irish team in 2010. Later that year, Balbirnie made his ODI and List ‘A’ debut in the same game against Scotland during the 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division One, a tournament that Ireland eventually won. He played four games but could muster just 29 runs and was eventually dropped.

It was nearly four years later that he received another call-up. While he couldn’t really get those big scores, he was constantly getting some good starts and showcased his skillset. He was named in the Ireland squad for the 2015 World Cup and he amassed 236 runs at an average of 39.33 in that showpiece event in Australia and New Zealand.

Since then, the Dublin-born right-hander has been a key member of the Ireland side. He made his T20I debut after the 2015 World Cup and was also included in the 2016 T20 World Cup squad for Ireland.

While the returns have been up and down in T20 cricket, Balbirnie has been consistent in the ODI format. Across 2018 and 2019, he smashed five ODI tons and his consistency prompted the Ireland selectors to name him as the captain across all formats after William Porterfield stepped down.

Balbirnie has played all the three Test matches that Ireland have featured in so far as well. He got a pair on debut but in the other two Test matches, he scored 146 runs which included a couple of solid half-centuries as well.

International Cricket

Balbirnie made his international debut in an ODI against Scotland in 2010. But it wasn’t until 2015 that he cemented his place. He had a very good run in 2015 World Cup and he has been one of Ireland’s premier batters in the top three across all formats. His consistency levels have gone up since the start of 2018. The current Ireland skipper has scored an ODI ton in each of the last four calendar years. He has fared decently in the shortest format as well and also in the last couple of Test matches that he played.

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