Wasim Jaffer - Old war horse still galloping
Nagpur: He might be aging above 40 but is still giving the youngsters a run for their money. He is not only the highest run aggregator in Ranji Trophy but has strengthened Vidarbha middle order enormously with his consistency.
Yes, we are talking about none other than Wasim Jaffer who has hit a marathon double-century in the ongoing Irani Trophy match against Rest of India, becoming apparently the oldest player ever to slam a double century in the history of the series.
By the end of second day's play, Jaffer had scored 285 runs off 425 balls with 34 fours and a six. He is just 15 runs away from transforming the double century into a triple.
The veteran batsman holds some extremely astonishing records in the First-Class Cricket which will be tough to achieve in near future. He might not have very impressive records in Test Cricket but he surely has all the credentials of a legend in the domestic Cricket.
He represented India in 31 Tests and scored 1944 runs at an average of 34.10, which surely is not what he is capable of. He also smashed 5 centuries and 11 half-centuries with 212 being his highest score. He only played two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in which he scored 10 runs only.
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But contrary to his international career, he has some mind-boggling numbers when it comes to domestic Cricket. He has appeared in 314 First-Class matches where he has batted in 396 innings. Before the start of the Irani Trophy match, he had scored 17,824 runs at a phenomenal average of 49.78. With his dominant double-hundred, he not only took his tally of centuries to 53 but also completed 18,000 runs in domestic Cricket.
Apart from 53 centuries, he has also 86 half-centuries and has remained unbeaten on 38 occasions, while 314 is
In a career spanning over two decades, Wasim Jaffer has scored 10,665 runs in Ranji Trophy history which is a record. He has scored 36 centuries in the yearly domestic event which also is a record. He had scored 1260 runs in 2008/09 Ranji Trophy season which is the fifth highest in the history of the tournament.
Wasim Jaffer is undoubtedly an asset for Vidarbha which also won the recently concluded Ranji Trophy season. The cricketer is still looking great and is expected to go miles before he finally bids adieu to the sport.