Tuesday 21 November 2017

Hold the Back Page - No longer the plucky underdogs

Kevin O'Brien of Ireland celebrates after dismissing Dwayne Smith of West Indies during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between the West Indies and Ireland
Kevin O'Brien of Ireland celebrates after dismissing Dwayne Smith of West Indies during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between the West Indies and Ireland

Eamonn Sweeney

Ireland's win over the West Indies in the cricket World Cup this night last week is one of the great victories by a team from this country in the finals of a major international tournament.

 It deserves to rank alongside the soccer team's win over Italy in 1994 and the rugby team's defeat of Australia in 2011.

And also, of course, the cricketers' World Cup victories over Pakistan in 2007 and England in 2011. But perhaps the latest victory is the most impressive of all. In 2007, Ireland were operating very much under the radar and Pakistan might have been excused for displaying a degree of complacency. And, marvellous and all as the 2011 win was, it was ultimately something of a dead end as Ireland didn't manage to make the quarter-finals.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Promoted Links

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Don't Miss

Editor's Choice