WASIM JAFFER CREATES HISTORY
Wassim Jaffer became the highest run getter in the Indian Domestic competition Ranji trophy
A Ranji Trophy game doesn’t attract crowds like an international tie
and an IPL match do. Records are created and broken in India’s premier
domestic tourney but that’s seldom spoken-about or acknowledged.
But, on a sleepy Thursday afternoon at the Wankhede, a small
smattering of spectators witnessed a monumental feat. It was a day Wasim
Jaffer wrote himself into history books. He became the highest
run-getter in Ranji Trophy when he went past his former teammate Amol
Muzumdar’s record of 8237 runs.
Fifty-one is all Jaffer needed to
overhaul Muzumdar. He brought it up with a wristy stroke (off Punjab
leggie Rahul Sharma) that sped to the mid-wicket fence.
Punjab’s 226, Jaffer came in at the fall of opener Praful Waghela. The
Mumbai skipper was elegant as ever. His favourite on-drive was on view
as he flicked the Punjab seamers with ease.
He went on to score a
chanceless 74th first-class half-century during which he surpassed
Muzumdar. Unfortunately, he missed out on a hundred; he was stumped off
Sharma (for 82) while trying to go for his shots.