It’s surprising that despite being an integral part of Great Britain, the Irish failed to learn cricket the way their big brothers England did.

Ireland made their World Cup debut in the 2007 edition and came up with some unexpected results.

Since 2007, Ireland cricket has gone up manifold but this time they will certainly miss the services of Eoin Morgan. The stylish left-handed batsman represented the Europeans in 2007 but now plays for England.

But the Irish still have players like captain William Porterfield, Kevin O’Brien and Trent Johnston who on their day can be a real nuisance to the opposition.

They also have left-handed Ed Joyce in their ranks. Joyce has played for England in ODIs and he will be a star attraction for Ireland in the World Cup.

The Irish are in Group B along with India, South Africa, England, West Indies, Bangladesh and Netherlands. They are on a learning curve and this tournament will certainly make them better.