Player Profile

Andrew Balbirnie
Ireland
Born December 28, 1990 ( 29 Yrs )
Birth Place Dublin, Ireland
Height
Known As
Player Role Batsman
Player Bat Style Right Handed Bat
Player Bowl Style Right-arm offbreak

Career Information - Teams

Ireland, Middlesex, Ireland A, Dublin Chiefs, Team Caulfield, Glamorgan


ICC Rankings

TEST ODI T20
Batting
Bowling
All Rounder

Profile

Andrew Balbirnie, a talented middle-order batsman who's a product of Ireland Under-19s and captained the squad in the 2010 Under-19 World Cup, but he had a disastrous outing as he scored only 31 runs from 5 games in the tournament. Prior to that, he progressed through age-group cricket. He was later a member of Ireland's 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division One winning team. His ODI debut came in the same year against Scotland where he was dismissed cheaply for 1 in a low scoring game and it was only in 2014 that Balbirnie transformed himself into a more reliable batsman for Ireland.
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 World Cup 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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Career

TEST debut vs Pakistan at The Village, May 11, 2018
Last TEST vs England at Lord's, Jul 24, 2019
ODI debut vs Scotland at Sportpark Westvliet, Jul 05, 2010
Last ODI vs England at The Rose Bowl, Aug 04, 2020
T20 debut vs Scotland at Bready Cricket Club, Jun 20, 2015
Last T20 vs Afghanistan at Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground, Mar 10, 2020

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
ODI 69 67 4 2041 145 32.4 2677 76.24 6 0 9 193 27
T20 42 39 2 945 83 25.54 728 129.81 0 0 4 111 13
Test 3 6 0 146 82 24.33 247 59.11 0 0 2 23 0
IPL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
ODI 69 4 60 68 2 26/1 26/1 6.8 34 30 0 0
T20 42 0 0 0 0 -/- -/- 0 0 0 0 0
Test 3 1 6 8 0 8/0 8/0 8 0 0 0 0
IPL 0 0 0 0 0 -/- -/- 0 0 0 0 0