Ronnie Irani

Ronnie Irani

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  • An Ideal Choice For Your Sportsmans Dinner Evening/Annual Presentation Evening  

Ronnie Irani was born in Leigh, Lancashire on 26 Oct 1971. There are few more bristling, bustling allrounders in England than Ronnie Irani, who has settled snugly into his role as Mr Essex since leaving Lancashire in 1994. He charges into the wicket, takes off at the crease like a less athletic Imran Khan, and, when he resists the temptation to pitch short, gets the ball to swing away from the right-hander. He’s a combative batsman in the Dominic Cork mould – but with more shots, particularly off the back foot.

Irani muscled his way into the Test team in 1996 against India, and, after helping save the Lord’s Test, was dispassionately axed. He went on tour in 1996-97 but had to wait until 1999 for his next – and most recent – Test cap. But at county level Irani is a huge presence, and after an immense start to the 2002 season, he earned a recall to the England one-day side.

He struggled in Australia the following winter – one local scribe wondered if he was a Barmy Army member who had got on the wrong bus – but still won a place in the squad for the 2003 World Cup. He played two matches during the tournament and subsequently lost his place. Things then got worse when a long-term knee problem came to a head and, despite trips to a knee specialist in Germany, he was forced to give up bowling during the 2003 domestic season and concentrate on his batting.

Ronnie has been playing first class cricket since 1990 and is currenlty the skipper of Essex. He has represented England during 3 Test matches and played in 31 One Day Internationals. He has amassed more than 13,000 first class runs and taken more than 350 wickets as an all rounder.

Ronnie is available for After Dinner Speaking and is an ideal choice for your Sportsmans Dinner Evening/Annual Presentation Evening.