Shreyas Iyer has signed up with Lancashire for Royal London Cup 2021.© BCCI
English county Lancashire on Monday introduced the abroad signing of India batsman Shreyas Iyer for the 2021 Royal London Cup. Iyer will arrive at Old Trafford on July 15 forward of the beginning of the 50-over event and can stay with Lancashire in the course of the month-long group stage. The top-order batsman is considered one of the attacking and fluent stroke gamers in Indian cricket and he has performed in 21 ODIs and 29 T20 Internationals for his nation.
About the signing, Shreyas stated: “Lancashire is a legendary name in English Cricket with a long-standing association with Indian Cricket. I am extremely humbled and honoured to carry the legacy forward of greats like Farokh Engineer, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman at Lancashire.
“Old Trafford is a world-class worldwide stadium and I’m trying ahead to assembly my teammates and the supporters of the membership.”
Shreyas, 26, has also excelled in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and captained Delhi Capitals to the final last year when he made 519 runs — the fourth highest in the tournament — at a strike rate of 123.
Following the conclusion of the last IPL, Shreyas played in all three matches of India’s 2-1 ODI series victory in Australia and he is part of the ODI squad for the series against England.
He averages just short of 45 in ODI cricket with eight fifties and a century to his name since debuting in 2017.
The signing of Shreyas Iyer signals the latest step in Lancashire’s long association with Indian cricket, which stretches back more than 50 years when India wicketkeeper-batsman Farokh Engineer joined the county in 1968.
He would go on to turn out to be a Lancashire legend and now serves as a vice-president of the membership.
Since Engineer retired, 4 different Indian gamers — Murali Kartik, Dinesh Mongia, VVS Laxman, and Sourav Ganguly — have represented Lancashire.
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