Ranji Trophy 2018-19: Wasim Jaffer crosses 19,000 runs during 206 in quarters
Wasim Jaffer continues to churn out runs well past 40. © PTI

Weeks before his 41st birthday, in his 251st first-class match, Wasim Jaffer has crossed 19,000 runs in first-class cricket.

The milestone came on Thursday during the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy quarter-final between defending champions Vidarbha and Uttarakhand at Nagpur, during the course of Jaffer’s 57th first-class hundred which he converted into a double.

Only four Indian batsmen have more runs in first-class cricket: Sunil Gavaskar (25,834), Sachin Tendulkar (25,396), Rahul Dravid (23,794) and VVS Laxman (19,730).

Jaffer was fifth out for 206 from 296 deliveries with Vidarbha well placed at 438/5, a lead of 83 over Uttarakhand. In the ongoing Ranji Trophy season, he has 969 runs at an average of over 86 with five centuries. Jaffer’s 206 followed consecutive innings of 98, 178 and 126. (ALSO READ: Centuries by Jaffer, Ramaswamy put Vidarbha in command versus Uttarakhand)

Jaffer, who played 31 Tests for India as an opener from 2000-08, is already the leading run-getter in the Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Irani Trophy. Earlier this month he became the most-capped player in Ranji history, surpassing Madhya Pradesh’s Devendra Bundela. The second highest run-getter in Ranji history is Mumbai’s Amol Mazumdar with 9202 runs followed by Bundela with 9201 runs. (ALSO READ: Wasim Jaffer becomes first player to score 11,000 runs in Ranji Trophy)

Jaffer left Mumbai for Vidarbha in 2015, after 19 seasons with the domestic heavyweights during which he scored 10,585 runs at an average of 58.48 with 36 centuries. His next best returns have come for West Zone: 2028 runs from 27 matches at 54.81. For Vidarbha, Jaffer has scored more than 2000; he became the first batsman to score 10,000 runs in the Ranji Trophy in 2015 after joining them as a professional.

In his 31-Test career for India, the right-hander made 1944 runs at 34.10 with a best of 212.

Of his 57 first-class hundreds, 36 came for Mumbai, seven for West Zone, six for Vidarbha, five for India and one each for India A, Rest of India and an Elite Group B team.