Mumbai v Baroda, Ranji Trophy Quarter-final, 1st day January 6, 2013

Jaffer, Tendulkar centuries crush Baroda

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Mumbai 272 for 3 (Jaffer 137*, Tendulkar 108) v Baroda
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The last time Sachin Tendulkar played first-class cricket in Mumbai, his team fell to arguably its worst defeat in Test cricket. The last time Wasim Jaffer played in Mumbai, he scored a hundred to get his side three points but had to leave midway to tend to his father who had suffered a heart attack. On Sunday in Mumbai, albeit against a limited Baroda attack, normal services resumed as the two scored centuries to take Mumbai to a position of strength in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final.

This was Jaffer's 31st Ranji century, which takes him level with Ajay Sharma as the highest centurions in Ranji Trophy. Jaffer is now just 44 short of reclaiming his record of most runs in Ranji Trophy, which he lost to Andhra's Amol Muzumdar in the first half of the tournament. Tendulkar, too, took a step towards records. This was his 80th first-class hundred, just one behind Sunil Gavaskar's Indian record of 81. Also, with 18 centuries in this competition, he is two behind Gavaskar's 20.

The two came together with Mumbai 35 for 2 after choosing to bat first. Jaffer had already survived an lbw decision when South African umpire Adrian Holdstock - part of umpires exchange programme - reprieved him off an inswinger from left-arm quick Gagandeep Singh. Tendulkar squashed all nerves by batting with intent, and racing away to 23 off 32 without taking any risks. A straight drive between the stumps and the non-striker stood out.

Tendulkar now settled in for a big innings, and Jaffer began to look comfortable. It was a slow pitch, and scoring was not easy, which showed in how Tendulkar once ended up dragging a lofted shot to cow corner while he intended to hit it straight down the ground. He stopped taking risks then. Jaffer, who cut one wide of Yusuf Pathan at first slip just after lunch, began to score more freely with some beautiful flicks through wide mid-on and midwicket. The two were complimenting each other again.

No wicket fell in the middle session as Mumbai went from 77 for 2 at lunch to 193 for 2 at tea. Tendulkar's strike rate had dropped to around 50, but Jaffer's had risen to about a run every two balls. Jaffer began the final session not out on 92, and soon made his only mistake of the day after an uncertain start. As he edged a cut off Gagandeep to slip, Baroda's captain, Yusuf, couldn't hold on to a fairly simple chance. Jaffer then went on to bring up his century with an exquisite cover-drive off the same bowler.

Tendulkar wasn't far behind, and brought his three figures up with a nudge fine of long leg and scampering for two. A spectator, a middle-aged man, charged onto the field, and embarrassed Tendulkar by insisting to touch his feet in reverence. You could see Tendulkar wasn't comfortable with the notion, but it seemed he had no choice.

Murtuja Vahora, Baroda's spirited right-arm fast bowler, finally broke through Tendulkar's defence with a beauty that swung prodigiously in to sneak through the small gap between bat and pad even as Tendulkar strode forward. The off stump went cartwheeling, and Vahora was overjoyed. Jaffer, though, had become even more fluent, ending unbeaten on 137. Nightwatchman Dhawal Kulkarni did his job with an unbeaten 0 off 15 balls.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • 123cric on January 7, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    Master was at his best full of determination and concentration. Though i feel Jaffer played a more composed innings but full marks to the master to keep his motivation going. 500 odd who attended the match had their sunday worth for it.The adulation which sachin gets from his fans is amazing.They manage to cross the fences and great him on his century which wont ever be possible in an International match.

  • deep2sha on January 6, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    i watched this inning on espn....it was live....watching him playing is one compulsory thing i am doing from last 15 years......today also he looked better than our other stars who were falling like a pin at kotla.....the best part of sachin is his hardwork.....if he has a passion at ge of 40 to play for india why few people has so much problem....i hardly see the passion, concentration and hardwork he has in any newcomer....let others prove there worth then we should point a question on sachin......keep going sachin....

  • dailycric on January 7, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Wasim Jaffer is no older than Sehwag, and just a couple of years older than Gambhir. And he is a better opener than either of them is today. Jaffer was dropped after 3 poor Tests 5 years ago, and never given a chance again - his peak years as a batsman were spent piling on the runs for Mumbai. Gambhir has failed for 3 *years* running now, and is still persisted with. As Ganguly said a year ago, Jaffer is one of the three best openers in India for sure today, and should have been on the plane to Australia. He certainly deserves to be in the Indian Test side again. He's a better bet to take on the Aussie new ball attack than Gambhir is in his current form; and he is young enough to serve India well on tours to SA, NZ and Eng in 2013-14. I hope this selection committee finally gives this fine batsman his due.

  • subhashmail4u on January 7, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Sachin please come back to blue colors, India needs you badly !! If you can play ranji then you can definitely play ODI for India !!! Please re-consider the decision made by you last month !! Critics or people who always wants your retirement are people who didnt do anything for their country nor known for anything. They aim is to destroy a good persons career, so just dont bother about critics !!! Just give them a blow by your bat !! And dont bother about X-Cricketers commenting about your future. They are just jealous of your records and caliber !! Keep playing max, we will cheer you always.... Sachinnnnnnnnnnn Sachinnnnnnnnnnn !!! Sachinnnnnnnnnnn Sachinnnnnnnnnnn !!!!

  • Bruisers on January 7, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    @Venkatram Gopalakrishna - Are you kidding me? In the first place, Mumbai don't have Rahane and Rohit in their team right now and their middle-order looks too weak. Secondly, it's not as if Sachin is playing for personal milestones here. He wants to be in perfect shape ahead of the Australia Test series.

    "Destroying a youngster by denying him a chance" Do you know there are 27 Ranji teams? You can only imagine how many vacant slots are there in so many teams for ONE deserving young cricketer.

  • SSH2013 on January 7, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    select Wasim Jaffer, VVS Laxman for Australia series. When Sachin can play at the age of 39 why can't others

  • on January 7, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Sachin is simply destroying a youngster by denying him a chance in the Ranji matches. We have seen him getting out in the last five series or so. Please retire from all form of cricket as Mr Cricket (Hussey) did. You are losing all the reputation earned during the past two and half decades.

  • AnadiS on January 7, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Some facts:

    #SR Tend looked miserable. Strike Rate was poor.

    #Again yeah you read it right Again he was Bowled.

    #Looked slow to get off his stance

    And yes I agree with little edition - He could be Brian Lara of Indian Cricket had he not selfishly played for Century of centuries record through his career.

  • statsindia on January 7, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    Does anyone know why Sandeep Sharma not in Playing XI for Punjab?

  • TDOT-Indian on January 7, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    As an Indian Fan, I personally believe that Tendulkar shoulve left the game after winning the world cup. Even though he continues making these hundreds, in the international competition his reputation is gradually declining.

  • 123cric on January 7, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    Master was at his best full of determination and concentration. Though i feel Jaffer played a more composed innings but full marks to the master to keep his motivation going. 500 odd who attended the match had their sunday worth for it.The adulation which sachin gets from his fans is amazing.They manage to cross the fences and great him on his century which wont ever be possible in an International match.

  • deep2sha on January 6, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    i watched this inning on espn....it was live....watching him playing is one compulsory thing i am doing from last 15 years......today also he looked better than our other stars who were falling like a pin at kotla.....the best part of sachin is his hardwork.....if he has a passion at ge of 40 to play for india why few people has so much problem....i hardly see the passion, concentration and hardwork he has in any newcomer....let others prove there worth then we should point a question on sachin......keep going sachin....

  • dailycric on January 7, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Wasim Jaffer is no older than Sehwag, and just a couple of years older than Gambhir. And he is a better opener than either of them is today. Jaffer was dropped after 3 poor Tests 5 years ago, and never given a chance again - his peak years as a batsman were spent piling on the runs for Mumbai. Gambhir has failed for 3 *years* running now, and is still persisted with. As Ganguly said a year ago, Jaffer is one of the three best openers in India for sure today, and should have been on the plane to Australia. He certainly deserves to be in the Indian Test side again. He's a better bet to take on the Aussie new ball attack than Gambhir is in his current form; and he is young enough to serve India well on tours to SA, NZ and Eng in 2013-14. I hope this selection committee finally gives this fine batsman his due.

  • subhashmail4u on January 7, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Sachin please come back to blue colors, India needs you badly !! If you can play ranji then you can definitely play ODI for India !!! Please re-consider the decision made by you last month !! Critics or people who always wants your retirement are people who didnt do anything for their country nor known for anything. They aim is to destroy a good persons career, so just dont bother about critics !!! Just give them a blow by your bat !! And dont bother about X-Cricketers commenting about your future. They are just jealous of your records and caliber !! Keep playing max, we will cheer you always.... Sachinnnnnnnnnnn Sachinnnnnnnnnnn !!! Sachinnnnnnnnnnn Sachinnnnnnnnnnn !!!!

  • Bruisers on January 7, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    @Venkatram Gopalakrishna - Are you kidding me? In the first place, Mumbai don't have Rahane and Rohit in their team right now and their middle-order looks too weak. Secondly, it's not as if Sachin is playing for personal milestones here. He wants to be in perfect shape ahead of the Australia Test series.

    "Destroying a youngster by denying him a chance" Do you know there are 27 Ranji teams? You can only imagine how many vacant slots are there in so many teams for ONE deserving young cricketer.

  • SSH2013 on January 7, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    select Wasim Jaffer, VVS Laxman for Australia series. When Sachin can play at the age of 39 why can't others

  • on January 7, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Sachin is simply destroying a youngster by denying him a chance in the Ranji matches. We have seen him getting out in the last five series or so. Please retire from all form of cricket as Mr Cricket (Hussey) did. You are losing all the reputation earned during the past two and half decades.

  • AnadiS on January 7, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Some facts:

    #SR Tend looked miserable. Strike Rate was poor.

    #Again yeah you read it right Again he was Bowled.

    #Looked slow to get off his stance

    And yes I agree with little edition - He could be Brian Lara of Indian Cricket had he not selfishly played for Century of centuries record through his career.

  • statsindia on January 7, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    Does anyone know why Sandeep Sharma not in Playing XI for Punjab?

  • TDOT-Indian on January 7, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    As an Indian Fan, I personally believe that Tendulkar shoulve left the game after winning the world cup. Even though he continues making these hundreds, in the international competition his reputation is gradually declining.

  • on January 6, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    maddy20: i agree with you on both points! Rameez Shaikh: you are really lucky to have watched centuries by Jaffer and Tendulkar! Ashish Rana: what did you mean by saying that Sachin 'is the brian lara of cricket'? The only sport that Lara is famous in is cricket, and Sachin's achievements have excelled Lara's. You could have said that Sachin is the Michael Schumacher of cricket Vishwanathan Anand of cricket Zakir Hussain of cricket Michael Phelps of cricket Amitabh Bachchan of cricket Royal Enfield of cricket Field Marshal of cricket A. R. Rahman of cricket Mercedes Benz of cricket Mahatma of cricket 'Sholay' of cricket Lionel Messi of cricket Parliamentarian of cricket Zafraan of cricket Shahenshah of cricket Taj Mahal of cricket or even the Brain of cricket. People here call him God, many worship him, so compare him only with the very greatest.

  • maddy20 on January 6, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    Good to see Sachin back amongst the runs. Concentrating only on Ranji and tests would do our test cricket team a world of good!

  • on January 6, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    Wasim Jaffer shd be picked for Aus tests....

  • QingdaoXI on January 6, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    After sawing above picture it literally made me cry, miss u Sachin.

  • ROXSPORT on January 6, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Today's match again goes on to show the importance of good umpiring. That Jaffer lbw was plumb. Atrocious umpiring, to say the least. And even afterwards, when Sachin came in, he was not exactly comfortable against Murtuja Vahora. Who knows what could have been had Jaffer been given??? Instead of harping on India's refusal to accept DRS, cricket should work towards eliminating howlers (such as the one mentioned above) which is often the reason being touted for DRS.

  • Deadly_Dude on January 6, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    @SRAMESH5 - Wow, comparing a 39 year old Active player with a 63 year old batting gr8 who retired in 1987 !!! I am sure you are not aware that a certain Graham Gooch scored a double ton against NZ in a Test Match after the age of 41 years ...

  • on January 6, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Sachin is still doing hard work by playing ranji. what happened to rohit sharma and other players, why they are having so much of the attitude in them. sachin is human afterall. respect his ability. he doesnt need to prove anything to anyone. he is the brian lara of cricket...

  • AjayPSharma on January 6, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Hi Folks - If Sachin plays then you have issues / if he does not than you have issues.

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Wher ever u r , we r u with u ,we follow u, we remember u GOD.

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Good centuries by Jaffer and Tendulkar ! Very entertaining to watch ! Pathan may be cursing to himself for dropping that sitter ! What can u say about Tendulkar who can even bring big crowd to Ranji match? Keep playing Master !

  • on January 6, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    Good to came to know that sachin made a ton again ..it tells everyone that still he could go for three number figure what ever is the game

    Some ppl are talking about sachin not in form and shd be axed from team..

    Before some one is saying he himself has given for ODI's..

    I Hope sachin makes at least 2 tons against Aus in forthcoming series

  • SRAMESH5 on January 6, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    It is nice to see Sachin scoring a century in first class cricket but test cricket is a diffferent cup of challenge. The century against Baroda does not prove any thing for us to ga ga over Sachin. Sachin was a great player some two-three years ago but his powers are waning. The sooner he realizes that it is better for Indian Cricket. We are all just living in his past greatness. Can we now recall Sunil Gavaskar to open against the coming Australian series !!. After all he scored 34 centuries that too against History's fastest bowlers from Roberts,Holding,Marshall,Thomson, Lille and Willis and so on!!. We just do not tire of worshiping Sachin Tendulkar. Leave the great man alone and retire gracefully.

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Bottomline ? after Scoring a Ton of runs!! Get a Life mate!!!

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Did anyone see the sitter Y Pathan dropped? It was in the Slip to get Wasim Jaffer out.

  • on January 6, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    the bottom line is HE WAS BOWLED AGAIN.......

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    Good for Sachin and Good for Mumbai and Good for India. Man who made century on debut in Ranji trophy in 1988 against Gujarat, is still capable in 2013 to score a century in Ranji quarters against Baroda. Salute the master.

  • srikanths on January 6, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    The great man is well past his best. Well below his best is still better than most at Ranji level. None of us., least of all, people like the undersigned who have dervied great pleasure seeing many fabulous knocks by the maestro do not want to see him struggle against average bowlers at test level. A Monty panesar would have been murdered a few years back by SRT. A Tendulkar of a few years back , either the pre 2004 or a post 2008 till 2011 would have pummelled James Anderson. 2005 to 2007 was lost due to injuries . The fact that again he got bowled is not a good indication. He should maximum try out one test and exit if it does not work out

  • lijishkumar on January 6, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    records tumbling !!!

    a statement nw pretty labelled to SRT !!!

  • VinodGupte on January 6, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    happy to see him among runs, but even before ENG series, he had scored a hundred in a domestic match and that did not translate into anything in the test series. even today he got bowled and couldn't close the gap between his bat and pad soon enough. i hope he works on problems like these and scores several runs against AUS and SA.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    Good to see sirji back in action.. Beware Ozs

  • jals on January 6, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Congrats Sachin and Jaffer. I hope this time Mr. Sandeep Patil will give a chance to Jaffer to come into Indian test team. All the best Jaffer.

  • on January 6, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    @vednarayaninfo he's yet to reach 300 and u r talking abt 400?...

  • on January 6, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    sachin ........india is missing you !!!!!!

  • tony122 on January 6, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Congrats Sachin and Jaffer. I hope Tendulkar now re discovers his old class by playing in First class cricket.

  • vednarayaninfo on January 6, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Tendulkar has skill to reach 400 in test? Can he do that?

  • on January 6, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Still at his very best Sachin. Mumbai is on Driving Seat.

  • on January 6, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Still at his very best Sachin. Mumbai is on Driving Seat.

  • vednarayaninfo on January 6, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Tendulkar has skill to reach 400 in test? Can he do that?

  • tony122 on January 6, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Congrats Sachin and Jaffer. I hope Tendulkar now re discovers his old class by playing in First class cricket.

  • on January 6, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    sachin ........india is missing you !!!!!!

  • on January 6, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    @vednarayaninfo he's yet to reach 300 and u r talking abt 400?...

  • jals on January 6, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Congrats Sachin and Jaffer. I hope this time Mr. Sandeep Patil will give a chance to Jaffer to come into Indian test team. All the best Jaffer.

  • on January 6, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    Good to see sirji back in action.. Beware Ozs

  • VinodGupte on January 6, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    happy to see him among runs, but even before ENG series, he had scored a hundred in a domestic match and that did not translate into anything in the test series. even today he got bowled and couldn't close the gap between his bat and pad soon enough. i hope he works on problems like these and scores several runs against AUS and SA.

  • lijishkumar on January 6, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    records tumbling !!!

    a statement nw pretty labelled to SRT !!!

  • srikanths on January 6, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    The great man is well past his best. Well below his best is still better than most at Ranji level. None of us., least of all, people like the undersigned who have dervied great pleasure seeing many fabulous knocks by the maestro do not want to see him struggle against average bowlers at test level. A Monty panesar would have been murdered a few years back by SRT. A Tendulkar of a few years back , either the pre 2004 or a post 2008 till 2011 would have pummelled James Anderson. 2005 to 2007 was lost due to injuries . The fact that again he got bowled is not a good indication. He should maximum try out one test and exit if it does not work out