|Full name||Ronald Charles Irani|
26 October 1971 |
Leigh, Lancashire, England
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Bowling style||Right arm medium|
|Test debut (cap 577)||6 June 1996 v India|
|Last Test||22 August 1999 v New Zealand|
|ODI debut (cap 137)||23 May 1996 v India|
|Last ODI||26 February 2003 v India|
|ODI shirt no.||15|
|Domestic team information|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- "Teams Ronnie Irani played for". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
- "Player Profile: Ronnie Irani". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
- "Player Profile: Ronnie Irani". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
- "Injury forces Irani's retirement". BBC Sport. 21 June 2007. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
- "Radio Shows: Ronnie Irani". talkSPORT. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
- Irani, Ronnie (2010). No Boundaries - Passion and Pain On and Off the Pitch (E-book). John Blake Publishing Ltd. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
|TalkSport breakfast show host
with Alan Brazil