It's been quite an introduction to international cricket for Leinster all-rounder Gareth Delany, who last week was named at number five in the ICC rankings, just nine months after his debut.

Delany has thrived since being given his opportunity, and the injection of youth, combined with a golden period for the top-order pair of Paul Stirling and Kevin O'Brien has seen promising shoots of recovery in the shortest format.

The 22 year-old has impressed, as has Harry Tector helping the Irish climb from a lowly 18th to their current 13th, which has included away wins this year against both West Indies and Afghanistan.

"It has been an incredible nine months or so since making my debut in July last year against Zimbabwe," Delany told CricketEurope.

"Iíve been very fortunate that there have been a lot of fixtures in that time, with home series against Zimbabwe, Scotland and the Netherlands, and then a successful World Cup Qualifying Tournament in the UAE, followed by tours to the Caribbean and recently India."

Delany has played 25 times in that period, with 23 T20I's and two ODI's. He averages 24.22 in the T20's with an impressive strike rate in excess of 150. With the ball he has also picked up 19 wickets and is becoming a vital member of the Irish team.

His power was showcased in the series in the Caribbean, striking four successive sixes off leg-spinner Hayden Walsh. Such power was a refreshing change for a side that often struggled to score boundaries. 

It's been quite a rapid rise for the Rathmines cricketer, a younger brother of Ireland Women's captain Laura, and a cousin of Clontarf paceman David. He is quick to praise the efforts of the Irish support staff who have helped him acclimatize quickly to life at the top.

"Getting the experience of playing in different conditions and against some of the world's best players has been hugely beneficial.

"All the coaches with the senior squad particularly Graham Ford, Rob Cassell and Ben Smith. Peter Johnston and Ed Joyce in the Academy as well as Albert van der Merwe and Nigel Jones of Leinster Lightning have been helping me to develop as a cricketer over the last year.

"In terms of my batting, itís been a case that coaches have allowed me the freedom to play an attacking form and encouraged me to work on this by developing confidence in this style of play while also improving my all round batting abilities.

"When it came to my bowling Rob Cassell has been the biggest influence. Rob has helped me turn from a slow loopy leg spinner to a quicker bowler, which is more suitable for T20 cricket. Although there is still a lot of room for improvement, he has been very supportive in improving this aspect of my game and Iím very thankful for his support and guidance. "

Closer to home, Gareth has also praised the efforts of his father Paul, who was coach of Ireland  Women when they clinched the European Championships.

"My Dad Paul has also been a major influence, heís always around to give me throw downs and talk about my game, whenever needed. "

While he has made his name as a T20 specialist, the all-rounder is ken to establish himself in the other formats, with a Test being his ultimate goal.

"My main ambition is to be a regular in all formats.

"I would love if the opportunity arose for me to play a Test as itís the pinnacle of the game."

Given his upward trajectory you wouldn't bet against Delany wearing the shamrock sweater in the Test arena.

Let us hope it is sooner rather than later.