Ranji Trophy: Wasim Jaffer Becomes First To Score More Than 1000 Runs In Two Separate Seasons
Wasim Jaffer had earlier achieved this feat in the 2008-09 season while playing for Mumbai.
Wasim Jaffer managed to score only 34 runs for Vidarbha in the first innings of the Ranji Trophy semi-final against Kerala. With this, the veteran first-class cricketer became the only batsman to score more than 1,000 runs in two separate seasons. Wasim Jaffer, who notched up six boundaries in his 52-ball knock, now has 1,003 runs in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season. He averages a brilliant 77.15 and has scored four centuries and two half-centuries in 10 matches in this season with a highest knock of 206 runs.
The 40-year-old Jaffer had earlier scored over 1,000 runs while playing for Mumbai in the 2008-09 season. He had notched up 1,260 for Mumbai during that season.
Jaffer made his first-class debut in 1996-97. Since then, he has developed himself as a prominent player in this format.
The Mumbai-born player has played over 250 first-class matches and maintained a healthy average of 51.42. He also has a highest score of an unbeaten 314 runs.
The right-handed batsman has 57 centuries and 88 half-centuries under his belt and accumulated over 19,000 runs in first-class cricket.
However in the match, Vidarbha has taken a lead of 65 runs over Kerala with their skipper Faiz Fazal top-scoring in the first innings with 75 runs.
Being put into bat, Kerala could manage only 106 runs as premier Indian pacer Umesh Yadav ran through the top and lower-order to pick seven wickets for 48 runs.
It was also the best figures in first-class cricket for Umesh Yadav, who has not been included in the Indian side for the One-Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) series against New Zealand.