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Wasim Jaffer becomes first batsman to reach 10,000 runs in Ranji Trophy

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 8 November 2015, 15:35 IST

Former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer on 8 November created history after becoming the first-ever batsman to reach 10,000 runs in Ranji Trophy. The right-handed batsman had recently pipped Amol Mazumdar to become the leading run-scorer in Ranji Trophy.

Jaffer achieved the feat while playing for Vidarbha on the second day of their clash against Bengal in the ongoing season of the Ranji Trophy. However, Jaffer was bowled by Pragyan Ojha for a mere nine runs in the first innings with his side trailing by 255 runs with nine wickets in hand at tea.

Known as a run-machine in domestic cricket, Jaffer made his first-class debut in 1996-97 and smashed a breathtaking triple hundred in only his second match. Following a series of memorable performances in domestic cricket, Jaffer was handed his Test debut in 2000. But, the lack of consistency for the national team saw him diminish from international cricket.

In the 31 Tests he played, Jaffer scored 1,944 runs at an average of under 35 alongside five hundreds and 11 fifties. His highest score of 212 runs in the longest version of the game came against West Indies at Antigua in 2006.

Apart from a prolific record in Ranji Trophy, Jaffer is also the leading run-getter in both Duleep Trophy and Irani Trophy where he has scored 2,545 and 1,008 runs respectively. In 228 overall games in first-class cricket, he has amassed 17,079 at an average of 50.08 alongside 51 hundreds and 83 fifties.

During the 2008-09 Ranji Trophy season, Jaffer scored 1,260 runs including a sensational triple hundred. He also captained Mumbai to their 38th and 39th Ranji title, as well as overseeing West Zone's 16th Duleep Trophy success in early 2010.

Jaffer is another in a long line of excellent Mumbai batsmen, keeping alive the legacy of the likes of Vijay Merchant, Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar and Sachin Tendulkar. The right-hander recently transferred out of Mumbai to play for Vidarbha in the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2015-16 season.

First published: 8 November 2015, 15:35 IST