The most famous cricketer of the family was, of course, Subash   s father Vasant Ranjane, who played 7 Tests for India    Getty Images (File Photo)
The most famous cricketer of the family was, of course, Subash s father Vasant Ranjane, who played 7 Tests for India Getty Images (File Photo)

Shubham Ranjane could have been just another young Mumbai cricketer, making his First-Class debut against in the Ranji Trophy 2016-17 Group A match against Gujarat at KSCA Rajnagar Stadium, Hubballi. He had played cricket sporadically for Maharashtra back in 2012-13, in both forms of limited-overs cricket. He had also played age-level cricket for Maharashtra, and earned a reputation for his big-hitting abilities. However, he shifted base to Mumbai and played for Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, and was drafted into the side when Siddesh Lad was ruled out with a back injury. It was an uneventful day for him as Gujarat piled on 246 for 3 after Parthiv Patel opted to bat.

Shubham is the son of Subash Ranjane, who had started off on a high, playing 2 Tests and 3 ODIs for India Under-19s, alongside Venkatapathy Raju, Narendra Hirwani, and Shantanu Sugwekar. His career petered out after 29 First-Class matches, mostly for Maharashtra. His career stretched till 2001-02.

The most famous cricketer of the family was, of course, Subash s father Vasant Ranjane, who played 7 Tests for India. His most famous performance was his 4 for 72 and 2 for 81 against West Indies at Sabina Park in 1961-62, when he dismissed Rohan Kanhai (twice), Garry Sobers, Conrad Hunte, and Frank Worrell.

Surprisingly, it would remain his only overseas Test, and he would play only 2 Tests after that. Unfortunately, he is remembered as the man who dismissed Lance Gibbs at Kanpur in 1958-59, thus preventing Subhash Gupte from taking all 10 wickets in an innings. The Ranjanes are one of the very few families to have had three generations playing cricket at First-Class level, especially in India.