Cricket: Singh help for O'Brien
Published 09/03/2011 | 05:00
Niall O'Brien won't be walking out to bat empty handed against the West Indies on Friday after receiving an amazing gesture of support from Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh.
The man-of-the-match from Sunday's clash with Ireland contacted the wicketkeeper when he heard O'Brien had mislaid all six of his bats en route to Chandigarh and offered his own as replacements.
"I was really impressed that he should take the time and trouble to do that," O'Brien said. "I'll likely get new bats in time anyway but it's great to think someone in another team is looking out for you."
The bats were left in the Bangalore dressing-room with the rest of Ireland's kit after the five-wicket defeat and are believed to have been lost rather than stolen. Ironically, one of the missing bats was given to O'Brien by Yuvraj's team-mate Suresh Raina.
Meanwhile, there was mixed news for Ireland on the injury front yesterday after most of the squad underwent a training session in their hotel swimming pool.
Andre Botha should face the West Indies after missing the last two matches with a groin injury, but Trent Johnston's bruised knee is not healing as quickly as hoped.
Johnston missed Ireland's clash against the West Indies in the 2007 World Cup with a shoulder injury.