Mumbai: Wasim Jaffer - the former Indian cricketer, on Thursday became the 5th Indian batsman to score a double century at the age of 40 and also the 2nd cricketer behind GR Viswanath to score six consecutive half-centuries in Irani Cup.
Playing for Vidarbha Wasim Jaffer scored a huge 285 against Rest of India and remained unbeaten at stamps on Day 2.
Irani Cup has traditionally been the season-ender in domestic cricket where the Ranji Trophy champions take on a Rest of India squad. Jaffer, who was a pillar of strength for first time champions Vidarbha this season, showcased his class yet again as he took the Rest of India bowling line-up to the cleaners at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur.
Rest of India's bowling attack consisted of the world's best off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and other promising talents like Navdeep Saini, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav and Siddarth Kaul.
Wasim Jaffer already holds the record for being the most prolific run-getter in the history of India's elite domestic tournament, the Ranji Trophy. In his brief career as an opener for India in Test cricket, Jaffer scored 1944 runs in 31 matches at an average of 34.10. Jaffer had spoken exclusively with Cricketnext after Vidarbha's Ranji Trophy triumph and said he knew the team had the potential to go a long way this season but winning the title was a bonus.
The all-time leading run-scorers in Indian domestic cricket is Sunil Gavaskar (25,834), Sachin Tendulkar (25,396), Rahul Dravid (23,794), VVS Laxman (19,730) and Vijay Hazare (18,740). With every boundary, Jaffer went on to break records. He also registered the highest individual score in Irani Cup history going past Murali Vijay's 266.
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