Wasim Jaffer Becomes First Batsman To Score 11,000 Runs In Ranji Trophy
Wasim Jaffer, on Wednesday, became the first batsman to cross the 11,000-run mark in the history of Ranji Trophy. The veteran batsman achieved the monumental milestone during his stunning 153-run knock for Vidarbha against Baroda.
Jaffer has now scored 11,056 runs in Ranji Trophy and he achieved the landmark when he was on 97 runs on the second day of the Round 3, Elite Group A match.
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No other batsman has even crossed the 10,000-run mark in the Ranji Trophy. Jaffer is followed by Amol Mazumdar who scored 9,202 runs. Devendra Bundela holds the third place followed by Mithun Manhas and Hrishikesh Kanitkar in the top five.
Jaffer’s knock, nonetheless, ended on a disappointing note as he was run-out after scoring his 54th first-class ton. Batting first,Vidarbha had a poor start. They lost their opener Sanjay Ramaswamy for just 3 runs. However, Jaffer and Vidarbha captain Faiz Fazal’s brilliant 300-run partnership for the second wicket helped the defending champions to declare their first innings at a massive 529/6.
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Ganesh Satish and Akshay Wadkar then combined to stitch 125 runs for the fourth wicket as Vidarbha posted a huge total. Baroda was 41 for no loss at stumps on day 2.
That Jaffer was a special talent was very much evident from his early days. Following a prolific school career, including an innings of 400 not out as a 15-year-old, he made his entry into the first-class cricket. In his very second game for Mumbai, he scored a triple century.
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The knock of 314 not out helped set a series of firsts for Mumbai. It was the first occasion that a batsman had made a triple century for Mumbai away from home and, in putting on 459 runs with his opening partner Sulakshan Kulkarni, the pair became the first from Mumbai to pass 400.
He went on create his own legacy for Mumbai before leaving for Vidarbha. Last year, he played an integral role in Vidarbha’s fairytale Ranji Trophy campaign. During the Irani Cup earlier this year, Jaffer had also become the first Indian and the oldest Asian, at 40, to register a 250-plus score in a first-class inning.
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He represented India in 31 Tests and 2 ODIs. The former Mumbai batsman scored 1944 Test runs, averaging 34.10, including five hundreds and 11 fifties. Jaffer last played for India in April 2008.
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