Vijay Zol slams maiden first-class century
Vijay Zol’s terrific purple patch continued as he smashed his maiden hundred on first-class debut, playing for India A in the 1st unofficial Test against New Zealand A at Visakhapatnam.
Day 1 of the three-day Test was washed out due to heavy rains. On day 2, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat, folding up for 310. In response, India A got off to a shaky start, losing opener Unmukt Chand (4) early. Sarabjit Ladda (15) too, departed in quick succession. Jiwanjot Singh (48) held the innings from one end, but it was Zol (110) who stole the show with a fine hundred, displaying the much-needed maturity at the first-class level.
Zol, who was named in India A’s Test squad earlier this month, had a supreme run of form at the U19 level. The 18-year old successfully led his side to clinch the Tri-series in Australia, where he also bagged the Man of the Series award for his commendable performances with the bat.
The success in Australia was followed up with another triumphant campaign in Sri Lanka, where Zol was at his peak, slamming consecutive hundreds and fifties in the Youth Tests and ODIs.
Vijay Zol has scored 6 centuries so far, across all formats this year; four of which came at the U19 level, one in a Twenty20 match and the latest one in his maiden first-class game.