At Essex, Irani captains his international skipper - a strange sporting relationship.india Updated: Jan 30, 2003 00:01 IST
At Essex, Irani captains his international skipper - a strange sporting relationship.
But that very same association was instrumental in Irani's return to the international frame.
Nasser Hussain saw at close quarters the all-rounder's form and duly drafted him into the one-day squad in the summer of 2002.
After more than five years in the wilderness, he returned with a bang.
He weighed in with runs every time he went to the wicket and his average of 30 was three times greater than his previous figure in one-day cricket.
His bowling stats were also far improved, 12 wickets at 26 including a five-wicket haul, compared to four at 61 during his previous international incarnation in the mid-nineties.