Andrew Balbirnie - Player Profile - ICC Ranking, Batting, Bowling And Career Info, cricinfo, mobilecric, cricbuzz, livescore and more
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|Born||December 28, 1990|
|Age||30 years 106 days|
|Teams||Ireland, Middlesex, Ireland A, Dublin Chiefs, Team Caulfield, Glamorgan|
|Bat Style||Right Handed Bat|
|Bowl Style||Right-arm offbreak|
|BBI||8 / 0||26 / 1||-||-|
|BBM||8 / 0||26 / 1||-||-|
After getting his degree from Cardiff University, Balbirnie signed up with Middlesex. He was fantastic during the World Cup acclimatization tour of Australia and New Zealand, finishing as one of Ireland's top run-scorers. Playing against New Zealand A in Dubai, Balbirnie went berserk, hitting 129 off just 96 balls against an intimidating bowling attack which consisted of the likes of Kyle Mills, Doug Bracewell, Adam Milne and Matt Henry.
And that confidence rubbed on to him and he tallied 236 runs with a strike-rate of more than 90, third-highest from Ireland, in the 2015 World Cup from 6 games. Ireland punched above their weight in the tournament and started off their campaign brilliantly winning their first two games against West Indies and UAE respectively only to squander the form as they managed just one win in their next four games and missed out on qualification for the next round. But Balbarnie was the find of the World Cup for Ireland emerging as the third-highest run-scorer for his team with 236 runs. He made his presence felt with a stubborn knock of 97 against Zimbabwe in Hobart and established himself as a vital cog in Ireland's wheel.
Injuries are part and parcel of a cricketer's career. Balbirnie suffered a career-threatening injury after aggravating his hip during the T20 WC in India that kept him out of action for the most part of the 2016 season. To rub salt into the wounds, Middlesex too parted ways with him after five seasons and he ended up playing two first-class games, three List A games and seven T20s for the club.
Almost a year later, Balbirnie made an inspiring comeback into the national side and struck a quickfire half-century which propelled Ireland to a series win against UAE. It was only upwards for him from there as he scored his maiden FC ton in the Intercontinental Cup in August 2017. He kept churning out runs in all the three-formats and fast forward to 2019, Balbirnie has been named as the captain of Ireland after taking over from William Porterfield and Gary Wilson. His biggest challenge as captain will be the upcoming tour of West Indies in January 2020..
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