Shreyas Iyer has landed a great opportunity to acclimatize himself with the English conditions as English county Lancashire on Monday announced him as their overseas signing for the upcoming 2021 Royal London Cup.
The Royal London one-day Cup 2021 tournament will begin from July 22 and Shreyas Iyer will arrive at the Emirates Old Trafford on Thursday 15 July ahead of the start of the 50 over the tournament and will remain with the Lancashire team for the duration of the month-long group stage.
Shreyas Iyer becomes the sixth Indian player to sign up with the Lancashire country with the others being Farokh Engineer, Murali Kartik, Dinesh Mongia, V.V.S. Laxman and Sourav Ganguly over the years.
I Am Extremely Humbled To Join Lancashire Country: Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer is one of the best batsmen in India and has played in 21 ODIs and 29 T20Is. He has 807 and 550 runs respectively with one ODI century and 11 half-centuries overall. In 103 List-A matches, Shreyas Iyer has 3970 runs with 8 centuries and 25 half-centuries to his name at an average of 45.11.
“Lancashire is a legendary name in English Cricket with a long-standing association with Indian Cricket. I am extremely humbled and honored to carry the legacy forward of greats like Farokh Engineer, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman at Lancashire. Emirates Old Trafford is a world class international stadium and I am looking forward to meeting my teammates and the supporters of the Club,” Shreyas Iyer said on his signing.
The 26-year-old is also a high-profile name in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and captained Delhi Capitals to the finals of the IPL 2020, for the first time in franchise history. He also made 519 runs in the tournament at a strike rate of 123.
As a celebration of Shreyas Iyer’s arrival and in anticipation of the England versus India Test match series at Emirates Old Trafford from September 10-14, Lancashire Cricket will be hosting a special Indian summer events schedule during 2021.
“Shreyas has experience of captaining in an IPL final as well as playing in top-level international fixtures, so his on-field skills, and ability to remain calm in high-pressure situations, will serve our young squad well this summer. His current form against England has been hugely impressive and we’re looking forward to welcoming him to Lancashire Cricket and Emirates Old Trafford later this summer,” Lancashire’s Director of Cricket, Paul Allott said.