Ireland’s national cricket team is commonly called “Green and Whites” or “Men in Green”. At present, Andrew Balbirnie is the captain of the Ireland national cricket team. In 2017, Ireland became a full member of the International Cricket Council after being a member of the organization since 1993. Since the national cricket team of Ireland has won several international matches, cricket has become a more popular game in Ireland. Below are the top 10 batsmen of the national team of Ireland:
1. Paul Stirling
The Irish national cricket team’s right-handed opening batsman, Paul Robert Sterling, is an outstanding all-rounder as well as an outstanding opening batsman of the international cricket squad of Ireland. With 4939 runs in One-Day International matches at an average of 38.99 and 12 centuries and 26 half-centuries, he ranks first in the ODI ranking of Ireland cricket. He has also made 2,401 runs at an average of 30.8 in Twenty20 matches. With his super records, he is placed on the top of this list.
2. William Porterfield
Until today, William Porterfield is Ireland’s leading run-scorer and captain. He made 4,700 runs and scored eight centuries while playing for the Irish cricket team. In addition to his outstanding batting, he is a great fielder for Ireland, who has taken 76 catches. He is ranked 2nd for the Ireland ODI team.
3. Kevin Joseph O’Brien
Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien plays the role of all-around cricket for the national cricket team. He is an excellent batsman and occasional wicket-keeper. In One Day International matches, he scored 3,619 runs at an average of 29.42. He also scored 18 half-centuries. He is ranked 3rd in the ODI rankings of the Irish cricket team.
4. Niall John O’Brien
As the right-handed batsman for the Ireland National Cricket Team, Niall O’Brien made his international test debut against Pakistan and ODI debut against Scotland. In One-Day Internationals, he scored 2581 runs at an average of 28.05, including one century and 18 half-centuries. According to the ICC ODI rankings, he is at fourth position in the Ireland cricket team.
5. Andrew Balbirine
Ireland’s current captain, Andrew Balbirnie is a right-handed batsman and a good wicketkeeper who made his international test debut against Pakistan as well as his ODI debut against Scotland in 2015. The Irish player made 2,376 runs at a strike rate of 32.54 and scored seven centuries and 12 half-centuries in ODI matches. His highest score was 145 and he is currently ranked 5th in the ICC ODI rankings.
6. Edmund Christopher Joyce
Edmund Christopher Joyce popularly known as Ed Joyce made his international cricket debut in the year 1997 against Scotland. Joyce made 2,622 runs in One-Day Internationals at an average of 38, as well as produced six centuries and 15 half-centuries. He was a left-handed opener who can occasionally bowl right-handed. Currently, he is ranked sixth in ICC’s ODI rankings in the Ireland cricket team following his retirement from cricket on 24 May 2018.
7. Gary Craig Wilson
The former Irish cricketer Gary Craig Wilson entered the world of ODI international cricket on 23rd June 2007 against India. Known by the nicknames Gaz and Will, Gary Craig Wilson is a right-handed batsman for the Ireland national cricket team. Including one century and twelve half-centuries, he scored 2,072 runs at an average of 23.81, which places him in the 7th position in the ODI rankings of the ICC in the Ireland cricket team.
8. John Francis Mooney
John Francis Mooney, the former Irish cricketer made his debut in the international ODI cricket in July 2004. Left-handed batsman Francis Mooney is one of the best all-rounders for the Irish national cricket team. He made 963 runs at a strike rate of 23.48, which included three half-centuries. As a member of the Irish cricket team, he ranks 8th in the ICC’s ODI rankings.
9. Andrew Roland White
The former cricketer, Andrew Roland White was a right-handed batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler. All-rounder Andrew Roland White had scored 776 runs at an average of 18.04 for Ireland’s national cricket team. During the World Cup, he played eight matches out of a possible nine. He is currently ranked 9th in the ODI ranking of ICC in the Ireland cricket team.
10. Alex Richard Cusack
The Ireland national cricket team is led by right-handed batsman Alex Richard Cusack. In One Day Internationals, he scored 745 runs at an average of 22.57. Irish bowler Cusack, who made 47 runs individually, and partner Kevin O’Brien, who made 162 runs together in the 2011 World Cup, helped Ireland defeat England. It was their partnership that changed the whole scenario of the game. Currently, he is ranked 10th by ICC for the Ireland cricket team in ODIs.