IPL auction 2012: Ireland's World Cup hero Kevin O'Brien goes unsold

Kevin O’Brien had a base price of USD 50,000 for the IPL 5 auction Getty Images

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By CricketCountry Staff

Bengaluru: Feb 4, 2012

Ireland cricketer Kevin O Brien, who was said to be as a potential star attraction in the Indian Premier League auction for the fifth edition, went unsold despite starting on a low base price.

With a base price of USD 50,000, it was expected that he would be a tempting target in an auction where the likes of New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum and England’s Graeme Swann had reserves of USD 400,000.

It was at the same venue last year where O’Brien scored the fastest World Cup century of all time during Ireland’s sensational win over England.

O’Brien got to three figures in just 50 balls and finished with 113, including six sixes and 13 fours, in a magnificent display of clean hitting as Ireland won by three wickets with seven balls to spare.

“The IPL is a great tournament. For six weeks, you get to play with and against the best players in the world. As an Irishman, coming from a country with a small pool of players, that’s very special,” added O’Brien, whose wicketkeeper brother Niall is also involved in the auction,” O’Brien had expressed.