Veteran Indian batsman and the king of Indian domestic circuit, Wasim Jaffer has been appointed as the head coach of the Uttarakhand Ranji team. Wasim Jaffer — the Indian domestic circuit hero, hung his boots on March 7 this year. He announced his retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect from March 07.
The 42-year-old, Jaffer who is also the highest run-scorer in the history of Ranji Trophy, played 31 Tests and two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) between 2000-2008. It is only a matter of wonder as to why who achieved so much in the domestic circuit couldn’t excel on the international stage with the amount of potential that he had.
Jaffer confirmed his appointment to PTI, stating the contract was for a year. This will be his first stint as a head coach with a team.
Wasim Jaffer Appointed As The Head Coach Of Uttarakhand Ranji Team
“I am becoming the head coach of any team for the first time. It is very challenging and something new for me, straightaway after my playing career and I’m looking forward to it,” Wasim Jaffer said.
“This is a new team, they have done well. They played the quarterfinals (of the Ranji Trophy in 2018-19 season) against Vidarbha. But they have gone back to Group D (Plate group), so it is going to be a big challenge. I am happy that I am starting from the bottom and for me, it is going to be a good experience,” he added.
Hoping To Turn Young Players Into Good Quality Players: Wasim Jaffer
“I have heard that a lot of talented players are coming from there. I am hoping to turn them into good players and (Uttarakhand) as a good team,” he said.
“In my last five-six years, I have mentored youngsters; it is something which I enjoy, to be honest. I take a lot of happiness to help the youngsters and see them grow,” added Jaffer, who has featured in 31 tests and two ODIs for India.
Jaffer Has Had A Legendary Domestic Career For India
Jaffer holds multiple records to his name in the Ranji Trophy – the premier domestic cricket tournament of India. Jaffer is the highest run-scorer in Ranji Trophy scoring 12,038 runs in the competition. He also has the most number of centuries in the tournament wherein he has scored a total of 40 centuries.
The veteran batsman Jaffer is seventh on the list in terms of scoring maximum runs in a single Ranji Trophy season. He recently became the first-ever batsman to score 12000 runs in Ranji Trophy. Also, he is the first batsman to score 10000 and 11000 runs in the Ranji Trophy.