Wasim jaffer file photo
Wasim Jaffer (File Photo)

Indian domestic heavyweight and the highest run-getter in Ranji Trophy, Wasim Jaffer, became the first player in the storied history of the tournament to score 11,000 runs. He achieved the landmark during the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Round 3 match between Vidarbha and Baroda at the VCA Stadium, Civil Lines, Nagpur on Wednesday.

Jaffer, who was on 10,903 runs before the start of the match went on to score 153 runs for Vidarbha, combining for a massive 300-run stand for the second wicket with skipper Faiz Fazal, who scored 151. During the partnership, Jaffer also equalled the great Vijay Hazare as the only other player in Ranji Trophy history to be part of four 300 plus stands.

Jaffer, 40, also leads the tally for player with most centuries in Ranji Trophy with 37 and most fifties with 81. The former Mumbai opener is just four matches shy of becoming the player with most Ranji Trophy appearances. Currently, Madhya Pradesh’s Devendra Bundela is the player with most Ranji Trophy matches (145).

Jaffer is also the only player in the Ranji Trophy to have 10,000 plus runs. The second highest run-getter in the tournament history is Mumbai’s Amol Mazumdar with 9202 runs followed by Bundela with 9201 runs.

Among active players, Madhya Pradesh’s Naman Ojha is the second highest run-getter with 7381 runs followed journeyman Yashpal Singh (7362 runs).

Jaffer has played 130 first class matches for Mumbai scoring 10,585 runs at an average of 58.48, before shifting base to Vidarbha in 2015-16 season. For Vidarbha, he has so far scored 1583 runs at an average of over 48.

For India Jaffer played 31 Test scoring 1944 runs at 34.10 including five centuries and 11 fifties. His first-class run including the 153 against Baroda takes his tally of FC runs to 18,428 at an average in excess of 50 with 53 centuries and 87 half-centuries.

Earlier this year, Jaffer, became only the second player after GR Viswanath to score six consecutive half-centuries in Irani Cup.