Wednesday 31 January 2007 

Irani Confident Of Making Season Start

Essex Captain Ronnie Irani is aiming to be fit in time for the beginning of the 2007 season following hip and knee operations over the winter.

The 35-year-old made two trips to Vail, Colorado to undergo surgery by renowned Doctors Marc Philippon (left hip) and Richard Steadman (left knee).

Irani has declared both operations successful and is now going through a period of rehabilitation with the intention of leading Essex out at the start of the season in April.

He told the Essex CCC website (www.essexcricket.org.uk):

“You can never say definitely, even if you are sat here fully fit having never had an operation in your life, because you can always break down before the beginning of the season. But as things are being managed and as things are going at the moment I have my fingers crossed. You never tempt fate but I’m happy with the process and ideally if things continue to go as they are I should be ahead of schedule and definitely fit for the start of the season.”

Irani will be bidding to skipper his County to a third trophy in consecutive seasons on the back of winning the one-day league title in 2005 (totesport League) and 2006 (NatWest Pro40). The right-handed batsman also enjoyed an outstanding individual campaign last year, averaging 59.72 in the Liverpool Victoria County Championship and 43.57 in one-day cricket.

Check out the Essex CCC website at www.essexcricket.org.uk for more from Ronnie Irani as he explains the process behind his recent hip and knee operations and his rehabilitation plans in the build-up to the new season.