Mumbai v Punjab , Ranji Trophy Elite, Mumbai, 2nd day December 22, 2011

Jaffer breaks Ranji run record

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Wasim Jaffer, the Mumbai captain, became the highest run-getter in the Ranji Trophy, surpassing his former team-mate Amol Muzumdar, who was present at the Wankhede Stadium as part of the commentary team and had just moved into the commentator's chair when his record was broken.

It was a typical Jaffer stroke that brought up the milestone after the drinks break in the second session on the second day. He went past Muzumdar's tournament tally of 8237 runs, and also reached his fifty, when he drove a flighted Rahul Sharma legbreak against the turn to the midwicket boundary. Jaffer acknowledged the standing ovation from the Mumbai dressing room and the applause from the handful of supporters with a raised bat. He calmly went back to the job at hand, that of earning Mumbai a big first-innings lead against Punjab.

Looking back on a prolific career, Jaffer said that right from his early days, he knew he would have to score consistently to keep his place in a strong side like Mumbai. "I got a triple-century in my second first-class game, against Saurashtra, and that certainly helped," he said. Jaffer maintained that winning the Ranji Trophy multiple times for Mumbai was what had given him more satisfaction than breaking the individual record.

Muzumdar told fellow commentator Ajay Mehra on air that it was fitting that a Mumbai batsman had broken the record held by a Mumbai batsman and hoped that Jaffer would go on to score thousands of more runs in his career. Though Muzumdar had gone past the erstwhile record-holder Amarjit Kaypee while playing for Assam, he was a permanent fixture in the Mumbai line-up for 16 years till he moved to the eastern state for two seasons in 2009.

Jaffer, who made his first-class debut at the Wankhede in 1996, has made all his Ranji runs playing for Mumbai, something he said he was proud of. He has also Mumbai led to two Ranji titles, and won the trophy on five other occasions.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • gunnerr4life on December 25, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    @ IndiaNumeroUno wrong ! Most of the high quality bats are made in Sialkot .. which is in Pakistan not in India !!! And they are exported to different countries ... Google it for confirmation ...

  • IndiaNumeroUno on December 25, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    "Kookaburra bat.... now in India too? Nice.."

    LOL!.. don't you know that ALL bats (and almost ALL sports gear) are made in India and marketed abroad under various brand names... much like the clothes you wear :-))

  • Rumy1 on December 23, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    What has age got to do with it. Sachin is 38 and still going strong. Dravid is 38 and still fantastic. Laxman is also into his 38th year and is in his prime. Sehwag is in his 34th year and is doing great. What has age got to do with it. I am amazed people here are talking about JAFFER's age at 33 and that he is old. Don't they know the age of these greats still going strong. JAFFER's prime is yet to come. He still has 4-5 years of good cricket left in him. Why not utilise his talent. For that matter look at Hussey and Hayden...they came into Test XI in their 30s and what they did to bowlers all around the world. Hope this clears about the age issue of Jaffer. No questions about it...WASIM JAFFER should have been opening with Sehwag in the forthcoming Boxing Day Test match in Australia. He truly deserved to be there ..ahead of Gambhir. This is miscarriage of justice. What a shame Kris Srikkanth. Hope Mohinder Amarnath is listening. Wish you the best JAFFER. Der hai andher nahin...

  • pprash_2002 on December 23, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    wasim jaffer is good batsman,but not done well in international level consistantly.As international level is very compitative.

  • on December 23, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    Kookaburra bat.... now in India too? Nice...

  • on December 23, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Jaffer is like Chetan Chauhan of Ind. Now he is 33+ Yrs.It is time that he teaches youngesters to guide them.KUDOS to him

  • on December 23, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    We need young openers like Srivats Goswami & Murli Vijay as Viru, Gauti & Jaffer are brilliant (esp in before them our best opener was Ramesh as his avg was 39 in Test & 50 on Asian grounds!!!) but they are getting old! But they should continue playing as out middle order needs to be groomed!!! we have great options like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Manoj Tiwary, Manish Pandey, Rahane, Pujarab etc!!! if they can they should go to Eng & Aus for further training & practice! so should the best performing fast bowlers from the domestic season!

  • on December 23, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    WHEN SHEWAG AND GAMBHIR AROUND HOW HE WILL GET CHANCE. TO PLAY. WHEN IT GO CHANCE HE DID SCORE. BUT HE GETS OUT LOOK VERY MEDICORE. SO WHEN YOU WANT PLAYER TO HANG OUT IN THE MIDDLE ESPECIALLY THE TEST WE LOOSE ABROAD. HE MAY NOT HAVE DONE WELL. GETS OUT VERY POORLY AT TIMES. I CAN SAY SAME THING ABOUT SHEWAG, GAMBHIR AND SACHIN. FEW OTHERS. WE LOOSE TEST NOT BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE JAFFER NOT SCORING. IT ALSO PEOPLE LIKE SHEWAG, GAMBHIR AND SACHIN NOT SCORING WHEN REQUIRED. THEY MAY BE CALLED THE GOD. BUT THAT DOES NOT HELP WHEN WE ARE LOOSING THE MATCH. SO MY NOT GIVING CONSISTENT CHANCE TO THE POTENTIAL TALENT. SOME ONE SAID HE IS 34. BUT HE IS AROUND LAST 3-4 YEARS IN THE SCENE WHY NOT PLAY HIM IRRESPECTIVE OF FEW FAILURE.

    IT IS ONLY WHEN MEDIA, ADVERTISMENT BANNERS, WHO CREATE GODS. OF CRICKET.

    AND TELL PEOPLE THE THAT IMAGE. NOTHING ELSE.

  • on December 23, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    If BCCI always look for younger cricketer then it will be very demotivating for players who are playing Ranj game. Even the players who have been dropped they will statrt thinking that they will not get chance because they are 30+. And why people are always saying that tested players should not get a chance,A player can improve his game.There are so many players above 34 age and performing very well even they are pillars to various team.Hussy debuted too late,Laxman,SachinDravid,Inzy,Kallis Lara,Jayawardhane and many more. If we have Someone like jaffer and if there is a need for Oppner I dont think we should think that he is too old.

  • zapeta on December 23, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    Amol Muzumdar hasnt played for India, in that way jaffer is lucky to serve India for a couple of years. Jaffer still is the best player in Indian Domestic circuit. Kudos to Jaffer, keep going !!

  • gunnerr4life on December 25, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    @ IndiaNumeroUno wrong ! Most of the high quality bats are made in Sialkot .. which is in Pakistan not in India !!! And they are exported to different countries ... Google it for confirmation ...

  • IndiaNumeroUno on December 25, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    "Kookaburra bat.... now in India too? Nice.."

    LOL!.. don't you know that ALL bats (and almost ALL sports gear) are made in India and marketed abroad under various brand names... much like the clothes you wear :-))

  • Rumy1 on December 23, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    What has age got to do with it. Sachin is 38 and still going strong. Dravid is 38 and still fantastic. Laxman is also into his 38th year and is in his prime. Sehwag is in his 34th year and is doing great. What has age got to do with it. I am amazed people here are talking about JAFFER's age at 33 and that he is old. Don't they know the age of these greats still going strong. JAFFER's prime is yet to come. He still has 4-5 years of good cricket left in him. Why not utilise his talent. For that matter look at Hussey and Hayden...they came into Test XI in their 30s and what they did to bowlers all around the world. Hope this clears about the age issue of Jaffer. No questions about it...WASIM JAFFER should have been opening with Sehwag in the forthcoming Boxing Day Test match in Australia. He truly deserved to be there ..ahead of Gambhir. This is miscarriage of justice. What a shame Kris Srikkanth. Hope Mohinder Amarnath is listening. Wish you the best JAFFER. Der hai andher nahin...

  • pprash_2002 on December 23, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    wasim jaffer is good batsman,but not done well in international level consistantly.As international level is very compitative.

  • on December 23, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    Kookaburra bat.... now in India too? Nice...

  • on December 23, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Jaffer is like Chetan Chauhan of Ind. Now he is 33+ Yrs.It is time that he teaches youngesters to guide them.KUDOS to him

  • on December 23, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    We need young openers like Srivats Goswami & Murli Vijay as Viru, Gauti & Jaffer are brilliant (esp in before them our best opener was Ramesh as his avg was 39 in Test & 50 on Asian grounds!!!) but they are getting old! But they should continue playing as out middle order needs to be groomed!!! we have great options like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Manoj Tiwary, Manish Pandey, Rahane, Pujarab etc!!! if they can they should go to Eng & Aus for further training & practice! so should the best performing fast bowlers from the domestic season!

  • on December 23, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    WHEN SHEWAG AND GAMBHIR AROUND HOW HE WILL GET CHANCE. TO PLAY. WHEN IT GO CHANCE HE DID SCORE. BUT HE GETS OUT LOOK VERY MEDICORE. SO WHEN YOU WANT PLAYER TO HANG OUT IN THE MIDDLE ESPECIALLY THE TEST WE LOOSE ABROAD. HE MAY NOT HAVE DONE WELL. GETS OUT VERY POORLY AT TIMES. I CAN SAY SAME THING ABOUT SHEWAG, GAMBHIR AND SACHIN. FEW OTHERS. WE LOOSE TEST NOT BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE JAFFER NOT SCORING. IT ALSO PEOPLE LIKE SHEWAG, GAMBHIR AND SACHIN NOT SCORING WHEN REQUIRED. THEY MAY BE CALLED THE GOD. BUT THAT DOES NOT HELP WHEN WE ARE LOOSING THE MATCH. SO MY NOT GIVING CONSISTENT CHANCE TO THE POTENTIAL TALENT. SOME ONE SAID HE IS 34. BUT HE IS AROUND LAST 3-4 YEARS IN THE SCENE WHY NOT PLAY HIM IRRESPECTIVE OF FEW FAILURE.

    IT IS ONLY WHEN MEDIA, ADVERTISMENT BANNERS, WHO CREATE GODS. OF CRICKET.

    AND TELL PEOPLE THE THAT IMAGE. NOTHING ELSE.

  • on December 23, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    If BCCI always look for younger cricketer then it will be very demotivating for players who are playing Ranj game. Even the players who have been dropped they will statrt thinking that they will not get chance because they are 30+. And why people are always saying that tested players should not get a chance,A player can improve his game.There are so many players above 34 age and performing very well even they are pillars to various team.Hussy debuted too late,Laxman,SachinDravid,Inzy,Kallis Lara,Jayawardhane and many more. If we have Someone like jaffer and if there is a need for Oppner I dont think we should think that he is too old.

  • zapeta on December 23, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    Amol Muzumdar hasnt played for India, in that way jaffer is lucky to serve India for a couple of years. Jaffer still is the best player in Indian Domestic circuit. Kudos to Jaffer, keep going !!

  • on December 23, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    i think its not an achievement at all, if he is that much talent he would be played longer for india

  • Rumy1 on December 23, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    No questions about it....WASIM JAFFER should have been opening with Sehwag in th eforthcoming Boxing Day test match in Australia. He truly deserved to be there. This is miscarriage of justice. What a shame Mr.Kris Srikkanth. Hope Mohinder Amarnath is listening. Wish you the best Jaffer. Der hai andher nahin.....

  • Sakthiivel on December 23, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    Why Amol Muzumdar dint get Indian cap ??? badri and jaffer score tons and tons of runs in Ranji but inexperience Rahane get ahead of these people. Why?? Rahane used him opportunity what he got, but badri and jaffer never used the opportunity and scored any big runsin International cricket.. Even Jaffer was not in IPL...

  • thelastsuvarna on December 23, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    Congrats to Jaffer but lets see it in the right context and not get carried away. The bowling attacks in Ranji is not exactly world class. With due respect to him, its not right to ask him to be included in the current test team. He has had his opportunity and didn't make use of it. Like someone mentioned, he has the most runs because players like Shewag, Gambhir, Laxman have spent the last 5-15 years playing for India and not much Ranji cricket.If just the number of runs were a criteria, Sachin would not have made it to the Indian team. I would prefer getting in someone like Virat Kohli who would augur well for the future rather than Jaffer who is past his sell by date and no offence intended.

  • on December 23, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    Congrats Wasim Jaffer, Well played Sir. I have seen him playing live in Mumbai in one of the Ranji match. His strokes are simply amazing and treat to watch.....I could only say: Wasim Jaffer= Class + Elegance + temperament.

  • Rohan_K on December 23, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    In all this we forget one name "Amol Muzumdar". Despite scoring over 10000 first class runs never got picked in the Indian squad. Probably Dravid and Amol were two candidates for one slot but somewhere down the line Amol should have play for India. Congrats to Wasim bhai and the "National Cricket club" at cross maidan for reaching this feat. Unlike Jaffer, Amol never represented India. Jaffer had his moments of good success and failure too. Love Mumbai cricket and i am a great follower and i hope it keeps prospering always, ofcourse other domestic sides too and produce good test class players. Gambhir and Sehwag have been prolific, but lately Gambhir has looked little out of sorts. Lets cheer them up and have a successful tour of the Oz.

  • vishnu1503 on December 23, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    @SirBobJones - The Ranji Trophy Elite is just one of a number of different first class tournaments played in India, Wasim Jaffer has now become the highest run scorer in the Ranji Trophy Elite and not necessarily in all first class cricket in India..and you are right in that most of India's test players rarely feature in domestic one day competitions..

  • ananthak1412 on December 23, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    @sirbobjones You answered your own question. Most of the international stars play very few domestic games. Jaffer has been around for a while and has been consistently knocking off runs. He is currently the highest run getter for Ranji Trophy, the entire one not just this season.

  • mehulmatrix on December 23, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    Best wishes for the record Wasim. You have played some very good cricket on our domestic circuit.Hope you can continue for few some years and groom youngsters.I will not agree that he was not given enough chances. 31 tests is good number. Consider Badrinath who has proven himself across all formats and is a very good fielder has got only couple of tests against his name. On Indian tracks, less footwork & good hand-eye co-ordination can work against lack of pace and movement, but not overseas. He was also not that agile on the field and has that laziness air about him. Doesnt imply you cant be calm, cool and not active/agile. Bevan/Mark Waugh are good examples of them.

  • satanswish on December 23, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    Wasim Jaffer is yet another classical Mumbai talent wasted by BCCI fools. He is a superb batsman if not be classified at Tendulkar's level. Jaffs possesses capabilities of reaching Dravid & Ganguly level minimum , who knows even above them. Shame on you BCCI favouring Delhi batsmen ahead of this massive talented player.

  • Raju_Iyer on December 23, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    To all those who want Wasim to be included in the team , please note that in two months time, he will turn 34!! Talk of the future, this takes the cake!

  • vaidyar on December 23, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    @SirBobJones Once you are a big name you play international matches for a while. To score 8000+ runs on average in just Ranji trophy takes time. You get probably 10-12 innings a year on average. You need to score at an average of close to 50 to get there in maybe 13-15 years. Jaffer with his average could have got there earlier if not for playing test matches for India for a while. After scoring that well for5-6 years if you are not breaking into the national team and even if you do, if you don't do well and get discarded saying not good enough, it can be very demotivating. Jaffer's record is important as it shows he has kept up the intensity at the domestic level even after going out of the national reckoning. Like Dravid/Sachin says, it's just for the joy of the game and the fact that you still can play at a high level. Unlike the county system, Ind's FC level only recently is good enough for professionals.

  • IndTheBest on December 23, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    Making 8K in Ranji may be a record but it does not mean he is a BEST opener or batsman we have. Mind you, great players are either playing for India or they are in in MUMBAI team who normally end up playing more matches then other teams. Akash Chopra and many other young lad are there who are better than him. His recent behavior with Ajit Agarkar was not respectable either. Anyway, congratulations on what you have achieved.

  • nlambda on December 23, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    Sadly, Jaffer is one in a series of players who were titans at state level but could not cut it at the national level. The problem seems to be of temperament. The guy played 30+ tests with an average < 35, so you can hardly say he has not got the opportunities to prove himself. Gambhir and Sehwag with their 50+ test averages are a no-brainer over this guy. That said yeah he should have got a game on the disastrous tour of England.

  • FatBoysCanBat on December 23, 2011, 2:43 GMT

    He is the best batsman in India by far who is not involved in the current set-up. He was averaging close to 40 in test cricket when he lost his technique [similar to how a top golfer loses his swing] prior to the 2007-08 tour of Australia. He only managed 49 runs @ 8.17 in that series. The selectors showed faith in him and he was selected for the home series against South Africa where his technical battles continued. He made 73 in the first innings but only scored 53 runs in the other four innings and was subsequently axed - never playing for India again. He went back to Ranji Trophy where he rediscovered his form and has made mountains of runs. If he didn't fall hopelessly out of form in those two series he would have still been in the team now and Gautam Gambhir would not have got his chance.

  • cjscanada on December 23, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    A lot of people start commenting without looking at relevant facts. True Wasim has played a few good knocks. He did not fulfill the promise he has shown. Look at his record. 31 Test matches, average 34.1 is certainly not good enough. As far as the youngsters are concerned , they need to be given a fair amount of chance before it is decided against them. I still beleive though they have not grabbed their chances to persist with Abhinav and Ajinkya and Vijay is more an ODI specialist.

  • fosterbat on December 23, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    What did Saurav Ganguly say during the England series about Jaffer? He is the best test batsman available to India that is not on the team. In my opinion there is nobody behind Sehwag and Gambhir in his class. We continually waste talents like these in search of greener pastures. Class should be persevered with and backed to fruition.Jaffer is clearly one of the top batsmen India has produced in the past 15 years.

  • SirBobJones on December 22, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    Token dumb question for the day, sorry in advance. I don't follow - with all the big names in Indian cricket over the years, how can Wasim Jaffer possibly be the highest ever run scorer in the Ranji trophy?! I understand that those big names would have been playing for India a lot rather than domestically, but surely SOMEONE would have scored more than him. Or do they mean the highest number of runs in one season? I'm not out to get him - my sincere congrats to the guy - just commenting is all.

  • on December 22, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    gambhir is not in form why not give jaffer a chance in the australia series selectors should take a look here

  • on December 22, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    He definitely deserves a place at least as a reserve opener ahead of Vijay or Mukund.

  • on December 22, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    A proven failure at test level but revels in Ranji Trophy b grade matches !

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on December 22, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    Wasim bhai oozes class. When he is flowing there is no finer sight in cricket - he reels out reams of strokes like silk from a conjurer's pocket. Unfortunately his mental strength was his weakness - he could not psychologically overcome the intimidation of bowlers like Lee and Andre Nel. I dread to think what a Dale Steyn in full cry would have done to him. A season in English county cricket might have toughened him up and given him the confidence to stand up to and take the fight to the quick bowlers. Technically he is superb except for a slight tendency to play across the line and sometimes lazy footwork. The wristiness of his strokeplay brings to mind the great Azhar and even Azhar's mentor ML Jaisimha. He always seems to have time to play his strokes and there is no shot he cannot play. I would even go so far as to say that I looked forward to a Jaffer innings than of anyone else in the Indian team, mainly because of the aesthetic pleasure it gave. Congratulations Wasim bhai...

  • Karthik_CricketFan on December 22, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    Surprised that people like Jaffer don't find their place into the Indian Test Squad.

  • on December 22, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    He is a superb elegent and stylish batsmen like GAvasker.very solid as rock like DRavid. Congrats.

  • cricketmaniagola on December 22, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    its true he got many chances but he is the only one to score a century in SA opening against steyn and company on a green pitch ....he should have been in Test squad ahead of Vijay, Mukund n Rahane ....but only 1 failue against Lee on Last Australia tour gave selectors a hint to rope in Gambhir but form is temporary and class is permanent ...secondly its true that Badri didnt get enough chances...scioring 50 on debut against Steyn n company is not comparable to debut of Jaffer against red hot Donald, Pollock, Boje, Mcmillan n Klusener...Jaffer is definitely better than Badri ...nothing against Badri but he bloomed at Domestic level too late ...selectors should think of both these players and even of Venugopal rao ...its experience that counts in cricket not neccesarily being young as appears to be the current policy of selectors by pushing Kohli, Rahane, Sharma in test squad..bad luck for Tiwary and Pujara...but we have a gr8 group of young batsman...where r the bowlers?

  • on December 22, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    da true fact is both badri and jaffer are the two most deserving players in the playing 11....obviously apart from sachin,dravid and lax..if anyone is saying that badri is given enof chances...please watch cricket and learn some basic mathematics..in jaffer's case he had a poor series and the replacements were kind of strong and u cant point finger to them as dey will perform two matches...and will not perform three matches...thts da sequence...wen it goes outside subcontinent..tht gets even worse..

    i still thnk if these two wuld have been dere in the england tour...may b we culd have drawn two o three matches...da fact is dese players are not flashy thunderbolt guys like raina,kohli,yuvi or dhoni whom will easily get huge fan base...STILL hope dese guys will play in some tests in future...

  • on December 22, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    oooo i think u all forgot that jaffer has scored two double hundred in tests.....He was never given apporate chances to prove things, instead players like yuvraj and murili vijay were choosen...same on srikant

  • CricEshwar on December 22, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    Congrats Jaffer on this great achievement. People bashing Srikanth has to say where is Vijay now after he failed at international level. Where is Dinesh Karthik, Badrinath or Mukund. It is a tough process now and being from TN is not adding any favors to the players. Btw, Jaffer was given enough chances and with the likes of Sehwag taking the spot it is tough for Orthodox players to be consistent and dominant.

  • jals on December 22, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Congrats Jaffer, no doubt you are the best opener in Indian cricket, you played well in international cricket also. Unfortunately you and India u team failed in Australia, but shrikanth grabbed the chance and dropped you only and opened the door for tamilian in indian team. As long as he chairman of selection committe you will not get come back to team Indian. Please wait for some more time, definately you will be back in team India. Congrats well done Jaffer.

  • on December 22, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    Congrats to Wasim!! He will remain one of those cricketers who just did not have what it takes to make it at the international level.. Let me rack the brains of those who are blinded by sheer fanactisim in their support for the indian team.. does the names of Shiv sunder das, akash chopra, devang gandhi, s ramesh ring a bell.. a good test series in placid test tracks in india and then totally exposed in wickets abroad. Alas Wasim must sadly join those ranks of has beens!!

  • Paresh.K on December 22, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    Jaffer Bhai - you are truly a Mumbai Legend, such a fitting moment over taking the legendary Mumbai batsmen Amol Muzumdar at Wankhede, the home ground of Mumbai cricket.

  • aravabalaji on December 22, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    I am surprised to see comments that Badri has got more chances(!). Check the stats. He got to play only 2 Tests. He was simply ignored for no reason and that too after scoring gutsy half century on debut against Steyn & Co. Whereas people like Raina & Yuvi got more chances than they deserve. Badri is more consistent than any of the players discussed here. Average of >62 after playing 100 matches is no mean achievement. His talent has been wasted all these years. Primarily of Test mould, he was never given a go in any of the 3 Tests in WI whereas Vijay & Kohli were given long ropes even after repeated failures. People will talk of his ODI performance but will conveniently ignore that he got MOM in the only T20I he played there. For heaven's sake, please don't compare Badri with Jaffer. With due respects to Jaffer's class, he got 1500% chances more than Badri. There is no better batsman than Badri to replace Dravid in terms of technique and temperament.

  • on December 22, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    Its same on him...He has got enough opportunity to play for India specially in tests. He hasn't prove anything. Same-thing happened in IPL season 1 he proved himself as best test player in IPL. Its only same on him not to make a place in Indian team.

  • on December 22, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    he has passed a record doesnt mean that he is the best batsmen out of the test team the team in aus is the team that should be virat rohit rahane and add pujara to list are the future but ya jaffer congo its a big record and his test record is good 2 double hundreds

  • silly_pt on December 22, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    Firstly congratulations to Jaffer for his achievement. Great batsman. Very elegant as well. Secondly,to remind all the people bashing him here, he played an important part(along with D. Karthik) to win us 2007 series in England.He did well in SA also before that. Just ONE bad tour in Australia cost him his place in the team. I will not say that he wasn't given enough chances but he had proved himself quite a few times at the international level. He should have been an automatic choice if regular openers aren't fit & hence should have been in England this summer. If they want to try new people, try them in India first before sending abroad especially England.

  • gogul5 on December 22, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    I congratulate jaffer for achieving this unique mile stone.It shows his immense potential and to be part of the very strong mumbai side is an grt achievement.But the fact is he has been given enough oppurtunity to hold his place in the indian team.I should say he was littlle bit unluky .The TN players are no weregiven a easy go ahead after srikanth as chairman.Every one fought for the place.M.vijay did well to sustain his place for some time .After he lost his form he had been shown the door.Can any one tell how many TN players had been given oppurtunity in the past?those were the time regionalizm was at its high.Now there is some thought process and thinking behind selection.there r many TN players had not played single game even after scoring mountains of runs.So pls for god sake dont blame srikanth for all these.JAFFER is undoubtedly a grt talent but runs only speaks at international level.Even badri is a rock star in ranji but see the fate of him too.Once again congrats tojaffer

  • cricketkumar on December 22, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    if the selectors are reading this, please replace gambhir with jaffer

  • on December 22, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    @ Guess Sak: You must mean 'unorthodox' surely! Dhoni and least of all Sehwag are as far from 'orthodox' as possible.

  • Rumy1 on December 22, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    JAFFER is easily the best and most complete batsman in India who is not in the Test XI despite deserving to be there by miles and miles. What a shame!! I mean people are talking of mediocre batsmen like Kohli deserving to be in the Test team and there is no discussion about this special talent who has been making runs by tons. Look at his Ranji record since 2008 uptil now. Easily the best amongst all top batsmen in the country today. And he is only 33. Hope Mohinder Amarnath is listening as Srikkanth has his plate full with likes of Mukund and Vijay.

  • Y2SJ on December 22, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    Jaffer was given enough number of chances in the Indian team. But he could not convert the potential to runs. In fact he was given more chance than more players like Rayudu, Badani, Murali Karthick, Balaji.

  • Rumy1 on December 22, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    If there is a batsman who deserves to be in the Test playing XI it is WASIM JAFFER. With Gambhir failing consistently for last two years with a measly average of about 30 for the period and without any century there is no better batsman in the country right now than JAFFER to replace Gambhir. Be it technique, temperament, range of shots, being equally good against pace and spin, ability to fend shot pitched bouncy stuff, etc. JAFFER scores way ahead than the likes of lesser mortals like Mukund, Vijay or Rahane. JAFFER is a special talent. He is equally good down the order i.e at one or two down. With proven shortcomings against short pitched bouncy stuff of the likes of Kohli, Rohit or Yuvraj or Raina, JAFFER should ideally have been in Test XI as the partner of Sehwag. One bad tour of Australia and he was sidelined. Tell me, haven't the likes of Dravid or Sachin or Laxman or Ganguly had a poor overseas tour. Gambhir has been continuously failing overseas for the last six-seven serie

  • VishyRules on December 22, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    Talking about selection,I think there is an image that TN players are given leverage especially after Kris Srikanth took over as selector which actually is not so thoughtful.(even if it is,I don't think it is wrong after hell lot of players including Badri were turned down before Srikka's tenure)I think everyone right from Mukund to Vijay to Badri has earned their place.Also its bad that Badri was a victim who should was not given chance in the tests.Poor mgmt/selectin to feature him in ODis and tests.I was convinced that Badri did not stand a chance for selection after WI debacle.But after seeing people batting for Jaffer I tend to think poor Badri can be given a chance.

    As someone said Indian team can not be mini-mumbai team,India has 20 odd other Ranji teams as well.I wonder why Ambati Rayudu,Pujara etc were not talked abt?.Is it coz dey r from less powerful cricketing teams?.

    Questioning Rahane,Mukund's talent is blatantly stupid.Give them a chance before writing off.

  • VishyRules on December 22, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Kudos to Jaffer.He deserves all the appreciation.But I am not sure fair it is to belittle some emerging players by comparing them with him.I don't know how much of unnecessary chances Mukund was given.When it is customary that a debutant is given a chance in flat wickets of India he debuted in most toughest of the wickets for an Indian.In the present lot of the established batsman there are even some who have gotten a clue in the bouncy pitches.But the poor lad notched up couple of 50's.Sure he is not great but has potential.Sure that one can talk non-sense but there is a limit to it.

    And Jaffer was not given chance? So making him play 60 or 70 matches is giving chance? Ridiculous. He has played 31 tests,scored 5 hundreds including two double tons if I'm not wrong.He had his bright,colorful days and he was axed as he could not replicate that again and again continuously.Sometimes this happens.kindly don't blame blindly others.

  • on December 22, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    @shasbag: i can add names like g.parkar,suru nayak,sudhir nayak,bahutule,dhige etc

  • Bhishma on December 22, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Ajinkya Rahane has one of the best average (Nearly 68) for any living first class player. Mukund is the top scorer in this Ranji Season and again has a very healthy average of close to 60. Pujara is also closely on the heels. These three guys might be the face of Indian batting tomorrow. People like Jaffer and Bardinath are already given enough and more chances and do not deserve to be the Indian team any more. If you leave alone the stories of past glory, Jaffer will struggle to find a place even in the West Zone Duleep trophy team.

  • Sachit1979 on December 22, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    @shashbhag, when I said he should have got more opportunties, I did not say that he should have got opportunties ahead of Sachin, Dravid, Dada or Laxman. He is an opener so he should have got opportunities ahead of Vijay, Mukund, Badri, Raina and perhaps fellow stateman Rahane also in tests. I am not talking about ODIs here. His test record is not so bad specially if you see it outside subcontinent where he scored a double century also. My only opinion is that you should invest more in real class rather than investing on overnight IPL sensations and he is one of the better options in that sense. Few people have hatred towards him because he is a Mumbaikar but I have different opinion here also. In past few years team India has been dominated by players from TN and UP not Mumbai.

  • anexpat on December 22, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    People become very emotional and sentimental.So many are asking for him to be included in Indian test team. There has never been any doubt about Jaffer's talent but he has never realised in the test match level it despite given many opportunities.Inconsiseancy was the main issue.

  • ramli on December 22, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    For the sake of Jaffer... why should anyone belittle Mukund and Co. .. they have proved their worth in recent times MORE THAN Jaffer in the same Ranji tournament where jaffer has now achieved a record ... so they were given chances ... even Jaffer was given chances ... he has not held on to them ... bad luck .. cheers

  • on December 22, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    It is indeed sad to know that such a CLASSY player does not given enough chances to prove his mettle on the International Arena. I agree with above comments that so many Tom Dick harry's with their orthodox style of playing cricket survive and in a series they score in two innings and fail in more than 6 innings and still they get a chance for another series based on the performance of that 2 innings. These days there is no value or respect for Classy cricketers, what they all want is Sehwag, Dhoni style orthodox players. Anyway those who really know what is cricket is all about will always cherish the moments they see Wasim Jaffer played. Because he is such a class act even once Gavaskar sitting in the commentary box said I just love this guy for his sheer excellence in playing shots with ease and his solid defence for which he want to learn from him if he get a chance. This a big achievement the little master saying such words for Wasim Jaffer. Congratulations Jaffer.

  • on December 22, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    Kudos to Wasim Jaffer for belting the record of highest run getter in Ranji trophy. This is one of the many milestones which Jaffer has achieved during his cricketing career in domestic level. Now what else he needs to prove the Indian selectors that he is still good enough to be the part of team India in test cricket. He is capable of adding the stability in the top order. Many of us would agree that Jaffer has the potential to blunt the strongest of pace attack in the world with his solid defence and batting style.

  • shashbhag on December 22, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    @Sachit1979, could you tell me how exactly would these guys have been given chances. Please stop complaining for once. There was a time when India XI was literally Mumbai XI and undeserving players like Nilesh Kulkarni, Abey Kuruvilla and other jokers also played for India.. Who exactly would you have dropped to give a chance to Amol?? Dada, Dravid, Laxman, ya Sachin should have been dropped, perhaps!!!

    These guys have done well at the Domestic level but dint have it in them to succeed at the Intl level. Badrinath is another example.. Does great at the domestic level but has failed to replicate it at the Intl level!!!

  • on December 22, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    i deeply echo evry1 out here dat wasim jaffer is really very unfortunate to b nt b d part of indian dressing room in spite of scoring heaps of runs year after year........what is disheartening to me is nt dat veeru and gambhir has taken his place but is dat when v need a backup opener on tough conditions v rely on rookies like mukund and vijay who r nt evn shadow of jaffer.... its baselss and to some extent ruthless dat u choose player on b basis of age.....i mean luk at hussey luk at hayden and in odr sports also ....u need to certain level of maturity to sustain and he has

  • DAY.BEFORE.TOMORROW on December 22, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    Though he is 33, he can still play for India for another 3 years

  • kurups on December 22, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    wasim jaffer can still find a place in tests i guess if you are looking at the likes of Ajankya Rahane and the other mediocre players that get the Board's support.

  • on December 22, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    31 tests is not limited opportunities, and a 34.10 batting average does not merit further selection.

  • on December 22, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    @Sachit1979: Wasim Jaffer should be applauded for this achievement of his but it is wrong to say that he hasnt been given enuf chances!! he was very inconsistent in international cricket and could never be relied upon as an opener. his average of 33 in 31 test matches is really a below average performance. He was given a lot of chances to prove his credentials and was rightly replaced by Gambhir. Yes he makes tons of runs in Ranji and dats y he came back in the national side but cudnt consistently perform there.

  • JustIPL on December 22, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    But he is only a shadow of himself in top class cricket as time has proved.

  • on December 22, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    He can be Mike Hussey of Inida..

  • on December 22, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    Fantastic achievement bro... I really feel for you for not being in the Indian test side in spite of scoring tons of runs in first class cricket. It is understandable and hard luck as it is tough to get into the Indian side when you have stars like Sehwag and Gambhir.

  • Sachit1979 on December 22, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    Wasim Jaffer breaking record of former teammate Amol Muzumdar is actually the proof of ignorance both of these batsmen faced from Indian selectors inspite of consistent classy performances. Wasim Jaffer is still one of the best batsman in India in test format of the game and showed his character in limited opportunities given at international level but still all Toms, Dicks and Harrys went on to get opportunity ahead of him. The other poor guy Amol could not even debut at international level inspite of his outstanding first class career.

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  • Sachit1979 on December 22, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    Wasim Jaffer breaking record of former teammate Amol Muzumdar is actually the proof of ignorance both of these batsmen faced from Indian selectors inspite of consistent classy performances. Wasim Jaffer is still one of the best batsman in India in test format of the game and showed his character in limited opportunities given at international level but still all Toms, Dicks and Harrys went on to get opportunity ahead of him. The other poor guy Amol could not even debut at international level inspite of his outstanding first class career.

  • on December 22, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    Fantastic achievement bro... I really feel for you for not being in the Indian test side in spite of scoring tons of runs in first class cricket. It is understandable and hard luck as it is tough to get into the Indian side when you have stars like Sehwag and Gambhir.

  • on December 22, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    He can be Mike Hussey of Inida..

  • JustIPL on December 22, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    But he is only a shadow of himself in top class cricket as time has proved.

  • on December 22, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    @Sachit1979: Wasim Jaffer should be applauded for this achievement of his but it is wrong to say that he hasnt been given enuf chances!! he was very inconsistent in international cricket and could never be relied upon as an opener. his average of 33 in 31 test matches is really a below average performance. He was given a lot of chances to prove his credentials and was rightly replaced by Gambhir. Yes he makes tons of runs in Ranji and dats y he came back in the national side but cudnt consistently perform there.

  • on December 22, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    31 tests is not limited opportunities, and a 34.10 batting average does not merit further selection.

  • kurups on December 22, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    wasim jaffer can still find a place in tests i guess if you are looking at the likes of Ajankya Rahane and the other mediocre players that get the Board's support.

  • DAY.BEFORE.TOMORROW on December 22, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    Though he is 33, he can still play for India for another 3 years

  • on December 22, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    i deeply echo evry1 out here dat wasim jaffer is really very unfortunate to b nt b d part of indian dressing room in spite of scoring heaps of runs year after year........what is disheartening to me is nt dat veeru and gambhir has taken his place but is dat when v need a backup opener on tough conditions v rely on rookies like mukund and vijay who r nt evn shadow of jaffer.... its baselss and to some extent ruthless dat u choose player on b basis of age.....i mean luk at hussey luk at hayden and in odr sports also ....u need to certain level of maturity to sustain and he has

  • shashbhag on December 22, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    @Sachit1979, could you tell me how exactly would these guys have been given chances. Please stop complaining for once. There was a time when India XI was literally Mumbai XI and undeserving players like Nilesh Kulkarni, Abey Kuruvilla and other jokers also played for India.. Who exactly would you have dropped to give a chance to Amol?? Dada, Dravid, Laxman, ya Sachin should have been dropped, perhaps!!!

    These guys have done well at the Domestic level but dint have it in them to succeed at the Intl level. Badrinath is another example.. Does great at the domestic level but has failed to replicate it at the Intl level!!!