Ranji Trophy 2013-14, 3rd round, stats highlights November 17, 2013

Zaheer takes 650, Mohit runs riot at Rohtak

Shiva Jayaraman
Stats highlights from the 3rd round of the Ranji Trophy 2013-14

Zaheer completes 650 first-class wickets
Mumbai v Delhi, Mumbai
Zaheer Khan denied Delhi their first-innings-lead with Vikas Mishra's wicket, which was his 650th in first-class cricket. Zaheer also took the 34th five-wicket haul of his first-class career, in Delhi's first innings. Unmukt Chand's century in the second innings was the fourth of his first-class career and the second of the year. He had earlier hit a hundred against East Zone in the semi-final of the Duleep Trophy.

Mohit Sharma shines yet again at Rohtak, Aaron's second-best in first-class cricket
Haryana v Jharkhand, Rohtak
Varun Aaron's bowling figures of 4 for 48 in Haryana's first-innings were his second-best in first-class cricket and only the second time he has taken four or more wickets in an innings. His bowling figures of 7 for 68 for the match were also the second-best of his career. Haryana's Mohit Sharma took 8 for 81 for the match; he has taken 39 of his 60 first-class wickets at Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium in Rohtak, where he is averaging 16.00 at a strike rate of 36.5. He has taken two of his three first-class five-wicket hauls and all three of his four-wicket hauls at this venue.

Naman Ojha ends barren spell
Bengal v Madhya Pradesh, Kolkata
Naman Ojha hit the tenth century of his first-class career in Madhya Pradesh's first innings. This was Ojha's first fifty-plus score in 13 innings; the last time he had hit a fifty-plus score in first-class cricket was also against Bengal in the last season when he was stumped on 99. Jalaj Saxena's 6 for 53 in Bengal's first-innings were his best figures in first-class cricket. He followed it up with a four-wicket haul in the second innings, the first time he has taken ten wickets in a first-class match. Amol Majumdar's wicket in Bengal's second innings was his 100th wicket in first-class cricket.

Robin Bist finds form
Services v Rajasthan, Delhi
Rajat Paliwal's unbeaten 108 was his sixth in first-class cricket and his third of this year. In 19 matches, Rajat has scored 1217 runs at an average of 55.37. Robin Bist hit a hundred for Rajasthan in this match, his eighth in first-class career and his first in 21 innings. Nakul Verma's unbeaten 101 in Services' second innings was his first fifty-plus score in ten first-class innings.

Third-best figures for Railways
Baroda v Railways, Vadodra
Ranjitkumar Mali took 8 for 48 in Baroda's first innings, his first five-wicket haul in 17 first-class matches. His figures were the third-best for Railways in the Ranji Trophy after Syed Hyder Ali's 9 for 25 against Jammu and Kashmir in 1969-70 and Murali Kartik's 8 for 40 against Delhi in 2005-2006. Arindam Ghosh's unbeaten 208 in Railway's first innings was his first century in first-class cricket. He had scored 151 runs from six first-class matches before this season with a top score of 50.

Kedar Jadhav hits a double
Hyderabad v Maharashtra, Hyderabad
There were four centuries, two scores in the nineties and two in the eighties in this batsmen-dominated match in Hyderabad. Harshad Khadiwale hit his second hundred in the Ranji Trophy this season and the 11th of his first-class career, in Maharashtra's first innings. Kedar Jadhav hit a double-century in this match; his second 200-plus score in first-class. Kedar's 327 against Uttar Pradesh in Pune in 2012 is the second-highest score in the Ranji Trophy for Maharashtra. Since 2012, Kedar has scored 1019 first-class-runs at an average of 56.61 and at a strike rate of 82.1.

Aarpit and Sheldon close in on 1000 first-class runs
Saurashtra v Uttar Pradesh, Rajkot
Aarpit Vasavada's 205 in Saurashtra's first innings was the third century of his first-class career and his highest score. Aarpit is now just six runs short of completing 1000 runs in first-class cricket and is averaging 55.22 from 13 matches. Sheldon Jackson also hit a hundred for Saurashtra, his fourth in first-class cricket. He is also nearing 1000 first-class runs, having scored 980 runs from 13 matches at 51.57.

Dheeraj adds lustre to Assam record
Andhra Pradesh v Assam, Anantapur
Abu Nechim's five-wicket haul in Andhra Pradesh's first-innings was his seventh in first-class cricket. He has taken 111 wickets at 30.68 from 39 first-class matches. Dheeraj Jadhav's century in Assam's first innings was his 22nd in first-class cricket and his 11th for Assam. Playing for Assam, Dheeraj has hit 2582 runs at 69.78 from 20 matches.

Leading batsmen, Ranji Trophy, 2013-14
Batsmen Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100s 50s
Sanju Samson (Kerala) 3 5 2 420 211 140.00 2 1
Yogesh Takawale (Tripura) 3 6 1 365 125 73.00 2 1
Aarpit Vasavada (Saurashtra) 3 4 1 364 205 121.33 1 1
S Badrinath (Tamil Nadu) 2 3 0 358 248 119.33 1 1
B Aparajith (Tamil Nadu) 2 3 0 337 203 112.33 2 0

Leading bowlers, Ranji Trophy 2013-14
Bowler Mat Wkts BBI BBM Ave SR 5w 10w
Rishi Dhawan (HP) 3 21 5/51 9/121 15.80 34.7 2 0
Harbhajan Singh (Punjab) 2 17 6/54 9/137 17.29 34.8 1 0
Vishal Dabholkar (Mumbai) 3 17 6/38 10/125 17.52 34.0 1 1
Chovvakkaran Shahid (Kerala) 3 16 7/45 7/60 18.62 53.0 1 0
Mohit Sharma (Haryana) 3 15 4/30 8/81 19.60 41.8 0 0

Shiva Jayaraman is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on November 18, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    Not to forget Samson & Dhawan are performing against low intensity Group-C. I would be very happy to see them performing on India A tours.

  • Dummy4 on November 18, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Pathans are slipping; so is Badodara! What a shame?

  • Dummy4 on November 18, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    What is Unmukt doing among so many uncles: Veeru uncle, Gouti Uncle, Manhas uncle, Bhatia uncle, Nehra uncle... and so on. He should be playing with boys around his age group, like Kohli, Raina, Shami,Bhuvi et al. Of course, partly it is his fault; he squandered away quite a few opportunities, after leading the under 19 team, successfully.

  • Dummy4 on November 18, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    Thank you Cricinfo for giving the data about the youngsters who could be the future of Indian Cricket. It is heartening to know that the Fast bowling cup-board is filling up fast....Bhuvaneswar, Shammi, Umesh Yadav, Aaron, Mohit and Dhawan! Also thanks for breaking away from the meaningless "Five for..." that seems in fashion. I never understood why the "for" was there! If the wickets were (they are) important and the runs given not so important why use it as a teaser!

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Happy to Sanju making runs. He need to get a lot more as Kerela normally does not go the final and hence fewer games for him to perform

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