Mumbai v Vidarbha, Ranji Trophy, Mumbai, 1st day November 28, 2013

Patience pays again for Jaffer


Wasim Jaffer has been a milestone man of domestic cricket. Not only does he hold the record for most runs in the Ranji Trophy but he has also scored the most centuries in the tournament. On Thursday, his 34th Ranji hundred, on the opening day of the first-ever clash between Mumbai and Vidarbha, helped him become only the eighth Indian to register 50 first-class centuries.

But more than joining an elite list of cricketers to have achieved the feat - a landmark that was celebrated with a cake in the Mumbai dressing room at the end of the day - Jaffer was "delighted" to have come good in trying conditions and rescue his team from a difficult position. "Feels good. Obviously the first session was very trying," Jaffer said. "They won the toss and asked us to bat. We needed to hang around. A couple of wickets went early. There wasn't a big partnership at all; 30-40 (runs) and somebody got out. End of the day, I think we would be happy."

Despite Jaffer's unbeaten 133, Mumbai managed to put on only a moderate 254 for 8 at stumps on day one. Jaffer accepted that they had lost a couple of wickets more than they would have liked. "We would have ideally liked to be 260-odd for 6 or something like that. Obviously we have lost a couple of more wickets but we've done a good recovery," Jaffer said.

While Jaffer built an innings that would do a specialist batsman proud, some of the younger Mumbai batsmen threw their wickets away. While Suryakumar Yadav was the worst offender, Kaustubh Pawar, Siddhesh Lad, Abhishek Nayar and Aditya Tare tried one shot too many on a wicket that required patience. Jaffer hoped the younger lot will learn from their mistakes. "There were a few bad shots. Obviously they must have realised, but they will learn with time. The wicket wasn't doing a lot after the first session so we wanted to build a partnership."

Jaffer, however, complimented the Vidarbha pacers for exploiting the conditions well in the morning. "They bowled well. The first session as I said was very trying. The ball was seaming around and they bowled in good areas," Jaffer said, adding that Umesh Yadav, who went wicketless in his 19 overs, was unfortunate. "Umesh being their premier bowler and he is going to South Africa, I am sure he is pumped up for this game. He bowled alright, didn't bowl badly. Unlucky that he didn't pick up wickets."

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sridhar on December 1, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    I think we need to build a bank of talent for the future, from out of the performers at the Ranji Level. For example, we can have a talent pool of about 32/34 youngsters comprising of the Top-15 of the Batsmen, in terms of runs scored, the Top-4 of the Wicket-Keepers, in terms of both the number of dismissals and the runs scored (to be reduced to 2, if there are WKs in the batsmen-pool), and the Top-15 of the Bowlers, in terms of wickets taken - during this Ranji Season. The BCCI can give out contracts to these guys and use this pool to select the U-22, U-25, India A and other teams - so as to give them international exposure apart from sending them out to specialist camps in other countries and those in NCA. This way, we will not only build for the future, but make the Ranji Trophy performances worth their while for those who stand out in a season.

  • Mayank on November 29, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Wasim Jaffer is a very talented batsman, but unfortunately he could't get the much chances to prove his talent in international cricket and i still i believe that selectors should give him some chance to prove his talent, after the retirement of greats Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly & Laxman, wasim Jaffer deserve a chance he is far better batsman then M.vijay, Jaffer is a very technically sound batsman he is a good opening batsman & he can also bat on no. 5, Selectors should definitely give him a chance.

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    technically he is better than raina,dhawan,and vijay....i think he is born in wrong time...!!!

  • Dummy on November 29, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Sandip patil.please wakeup

  • santhosh on November 29, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    He is way better than M.Vijay...but like Irfan, varun aron, uthappa and others he will also be ignored..the selectors are to be blamed...his techniq is way better than Raina..

  • Rodney on November 29, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    This allways happens with mumbai cricket first it was paddy then amol followed by abey and sameer,jaffer and now dawal is been treated unfairly .

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    There is something called fate. Mascarenhas also scored tons in county cricket but rarely got selected for the English XI. Jaffer seems to be in the same boat. He failed badly in his last outing to Australia and that ended his International career. The selectors have now decided he is too old and the book has been closed shut on him. Others are lucky and they are given opportunity after opportunity. Yuvraj for instance. Finally after so many failures Yuvi scores half a ton and everyone is thrilled beyond measure. Sometimes being good is not enough. Lady luck has to be on your side too.

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    Of course he is very talent and great player. Adaptability is very important when it comes to international level. He got the opportunity earlier he failed.Now lot of people waiting in the queue. Seeing his hundred all should not decide at once. Selectors doing a good job now, they are well matured as comparing before.

    As far as my opinion, this team men in white and men in blue doing well. We should support them always. Bowling department should need some accuracy, discipline and consistency. Training is very essential for our bowlers, bowlers have to win matches especially pace bowlers in abroad conditions.

    Let's cross our fingers, support our team wishing them to have a great success in upcoming series SA, AUSTRALIA, ENGLAND

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    One of the most technically gifted batsman of our country,especially his trade-mark on drive,still remember his double hundred against Pakistan ! Unfortunately,selectors never gave him chances that he deserved

  • Android on November 29, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    Wasim Jaffer should get more chance

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