Ireland played their first World Cup in 2007 and has been a part of the World Cup since then. This will be their 3rd World Cup. Ireland is a team which doesn’t lose out to entertain the spectators. They are popular to produce some unexpected upsets in the tournament and have done it in the previous 2 World Cup’s as well. In 2007, they beat Pakistan and qualified for the Super 8’s. Then, in 2011, they beat England chasing a target of 328. After being 111-5, nobody would have believed a team like Ireland could possibly win but they got out from hell and reached heaven. This year, the start of a new World Cup, Ireland placed in Group B has tough competition with power houses like India and South Africa in their group. However, if they manage to beat one Test playing nation, rather cause an upset to a Test playing nation, they can make it to the knockout stage.  West Indies are looking vulnerable and a win over West Indies is what the cricket experts are predicting this time around by Ireland. A win over Zimbabwe and UAE with a good net run rate can push their case of qualifying. 

Ireland’s World Cup History:




Super Eights


First Round


Ireland Squad for the ICC World Cup 2015:

Captain: William Porterfield

Coach: Phil Simmons


  •          William Porterfield
  •          Niall O’Brien
  •          Ed Joyce
  •          Andy Balberine
  •          Andy McBrine


  •          Max Sorensen
  •          George Dockrell
  •          Alex Cusack
  •          Craig Young
  •          Peter Chase



  •          Kevin O’Brien
  •          Paul Stirling
  •          John Mooney
  •          Stuart Thompson

Wicket Keepers:

  •          Gary Wilson


  •          Can upset any Test playing nation from any point in the game
  •          The batting looks good, with Stirling and Porterfield opening with O’Brien brothers in the middle           
  •          Pace bowlers have got training from Brett Lee which might prove to be costly for other nations.
  •          Ed Joyce’s experience adds value in the team and he can be a match winner for Ireland


  •          If batting is their strength, their weakness is the same, their batting suddenly collapses as it did against Scotland in the warm up game
  •          Lack of experience in the bowling department
  •          First time playing in Australia, will be difficult to adjust to the change in conditions
  •          Lack of quality spinners in the team
  •          No real all rounder who could prove handy in Australian conditions

X-Factor for Ireland in the World Cup:

Paul Stirling:

He is the Virender Sehwag of Ireland. Has a very positive approach at the star of the innings and opens up the batting for Ireland. He has just one attitude of playing, see the ball, smash the ball. On any day, he could turn out to be a match winner for Ireland. With Sehwagesque style of batting and the urge to build a solid innings, gives Ireland a boost at the start. A very good off spin part time bowler too. He can be used in the middle overs and get through some 3-4 overs. He is the man to watch out for in the Irish team

Impact Players:

Niall O’Brien

The wicket-keeper batsman, Niall O’Brien was the star of the match in the 2007 WC, when Ireland beat Pakistan. His technique looks as if he it is god given gift. He can accelerate the scoring if asked to and can build and guide an innings at which he is special at. If Ireland dream of qualifying for the quarter finals, this man has to step up because his contributions will come in handy. His wicket-keeping skills are good too. He can be used as a finisher too or as a good middle order batsman.

Max Sorensen

The all rounder for Ireland, bowls right arm medium and comes when the main batting line is out can play a big role in the World Cup. In Australia and New Zealand, there is a need of a medium pace all rounder, and Max Sorensen fills that gap for Ireland. The quality is still yet to be tested but if he keeps his head straight and has taken lessons from Brett Lee during warm ups, he can prove to the man to watch out for. One of the impact players for Ireland this World Cup

Kevin O’Brien

Kevin O’ Brien, the big man, the man who took Ireland to glory against England in 2011 WC and has a fastest WC hundred on his name has a huge role to play in this World Cup. He is the finisher for Ireland. He can bowl medium pace and will contribute a major part in Ireland’s wins this year. His finishing abilities are out of question but he can even pace an innings as he did in the 2011 WC against England. He knows the conditions well and can adapt to it quite well.

William Porterfield

The captain himself is one of the impact players for Ireland this season. He had a pretty good run in the 2011 WC and he bats with caution at the start and once he gets going, there is no stopping him. His partner does all the work at the opposite end so this man has to just watch it from the other hand and play himself in and he is the best at doing it. If he just thinks about his game more maturely, he can look to even bat for 50 overs.

Possible Playing XI:

William Porterfield (captain), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O’Brien, Gary Wilson (wk), Kevin O’Brien, Stuart Thompson, Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Max Sorenson and Craig Young.

Ireland’s Schedule in the ICC World Cup 2015:

Match No.







West Indies


0330 IST





0850 IST



South Africa


0850 IST





0850 IST





0630 IST





0850 IST

Quarter Finals begin from March 18

Semi-Finals Takes place on March 24 and March 26

Finals on March 29 in Melbourne


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