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 ...

  • BHAARATVARSH 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.

  • dummy4fb on December 23, 2011, 9:10 GMT

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

  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb 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!

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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 !!

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