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    * Ronnie Irani *

    رونی ایرانی


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    (Wikipedia) - Ronnie Irani Ronnie Irani Personal information Full name Born Height Batting style Bowling style International information National side Test debut (cap 577) Last Test ODI debut (cap 137) Last ODI ODI shirt no. Domestic team information Years Team 1990–1993 1994–2007 Career statistics
    Ronald Charles Irani
    (1971-10-26) 26 October 1971 (age 42) Leigh, Lancashire, England
    6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
    Right-handed
    Right arm medium
    • England
    6 June 1996 v India
    22 August 1999 v New Zealand
    23 May 1996 v India
    26 February 2003 v India
    15
    Lancashire
    Essex
    Competition Test ODI FC LA Matches Runs scored Batting average 100s/50s Top score Balls bowled Wickets Bowling average 5 wickets in innings 10 wickets in match Best bowling Catches/stumpings
    3 31 232 315
    86 360 13,472 7,733
    17.20 14.40 41.58 30.93
    0/0 0/1 28/72 7/46
    41 53 218 158*
    192 1,283 20,389 10,453
    3 24 339 309
    37.33 41.20 29.51 25.22
    1 9 4
    n/a 0 n/a
    1/22 5/26 6/71 5/26
    2/– 6/– 79/– 83/–
    Source: Cricinfo, 19 April 2009

    Ronald Charles "Ronnie" Irani (born 26 October 1971) is a former England cricketer who spent most of his career at Essex County Cricket Club, latterly as captain, after starting at Lancashire. He is of Irani descent, the Iranis being a community of Persian Zoroastrians who immigrated to India during the British Raj. He played only three Tests for England, with decidedly mixed success, but found a niche in One Day Internationals. Irani was a genuine all-rounder until a knee injury in 2003 forced him to stop bowling and play as a specialist batsman. The recurring nature of this injury led to Irani being forced to retire from first-class cricket in June 2007.

    At Essex, Irani helped bring through promising players such as Alastair Cook (England Captain) and Ravinder Bopara (England Player) as well as winning two major One-Day Titles. Professionally he scored over 20,000 runs and took more than 650 wickets during his career.

    He announced his retirement from first-class cricket at the end of the 2007 season.

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    CareerIrani batting against Cambridge UCCE, April 2005

    He started his career playing for Lancashire in 1990, before he moved to Essex in 1994. At Essex, he gained cult status, before he became captain in 2000, and is generally accepted to have done a decent job in charge, helping to bring through promising players such as Alastair Cook, Will Jefferson and Ravi Bopara. After Graham Gooch stepped down as the club''s head coach prior to the start of the 2005 season, Irani assumed some of these responsibilities in addition to his role as county captain.

    In June 2007, he rejected a new contract with Essex and announced his retirement from first class cricket at the end of the 2007 season. He retired with immediate effect later that month. After his retirement, he took on a position at talkSPORT, where he co-hosted, until 2013, The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast with former Scottish international footballer Alan Brazil

    On this show,he picked up the nickname Chicken from the dish Chicken Biriyani rhyming with his surname.

    He is known by many sports fans for an "Exercise" routine during an England One Day International. He was doing a warm-up while fielding, and unbeknownst to Irani, the Australian fans were imitating his routine behind his back. When he discovered what they were doing, he played up to the fans and became more pacey as to make the fans carry on even more.

    In 2009 Irani''s autobiography "No Boundaries" was published. He was also part of a celebrity ''consortium'' (along with Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans) who clubbed together to pay for Paul Gascoigne to receive treatment for alcoholism in the US.

    Personality

    He is known by many sports fans for an "Exercise Routine” during an England One-Day International in Australia. He was doing a warm-up while fielding, and unbeknown to Irani, the Australian fans were imitating his routine behind his back. When he discovered what they were doing, he played up to the tens of thousands of fans and became quicker as to make the fans carry on even more.

    Family

    Irani''s father Jimmy Irani arrived in Bolton from Bombay in 1961 to play a summer''s club cricket. During that summer he met 16-year-old Lancastrian Anne Main. The two married and had a son, Ronnie. Jimmy Irani was an enthusiastic and successful club cricketer who often put up overseas players, such as Farokh Engineer and Javed Miandad, during Ronnie''s childhood.

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