Ishank Jaggi © PTI (File Photo)
Ishank Jaggi scored his second double century of the tournament © PTI (File Photo)

Ishank Jaggi slammed his second unbeaten double-century of Ranji Trophy 2014-15, against Hyderabad at Ranchi. He dedicated his knock as a gift to his family. “My birthday is coming on January 27, and this knock was very special and I would like to dedicate it to my family. This knock was personally very satisfying for me and I’m really happy at the moment,” said Jaggi, who remained unbeaten on 201.

Despite Jaggi scoring the double ton Jharkhand only managed to draw the match against Hyderabad. He revealed that he was slightly nervous during his 90s but scored runs quickly once he achieved his ton. “I was nervous when I was batting on 98 before lunch on Day Two. But between Lunch and Tea I played really fast and added 86 runs in the session with the wickets falling on the other end. When I was batting on 197, luckily I got a loose delivery which I hit for a boundary to reach the landmark,”

Jaggi is currently the joint fifth-highest scorer in this year’s Ranji Trophy with 572 runs in six games. However, he doesn’t expect too much coming his way but hopes that his performances are noticed by the selectors and franchises as the Indian Premier League (IPL) is just around the corner. Jharkhand next play Goa on February 1.

“The last two matches I couldn’t add runs but this time I got the opportunity and converted it. I’m not expecting much as I have performed earlier too but the results haven’t been too good. I’m just focusing on the last two matches and I wish to score a century at least in those games,” he concluded.

(Varun Arora is a reporter with CricketCountry. He started as a medium-fast bowler, converted to an opening batsman, but finally settled with his passion of writing about the game. His Twitter handle is @varunjgd)