One of India’s legendary domestic cricketers, Wasim Jaffer has retired from all forms of cricket with immediate effect. Jaffer is by far the most prolific domestic cricketer India has ever produced.
He holds multiple records to his name in the Ranji Trophy – the premier domestic cricket tournament of India. Jaffer is the highest run-scorer in Ranji Trophy scoring 12038 runs in the competition. He also has the most number of centuries in the tournament wherein he has scored a total of 40 centuries.
He is seventh on the list in terms of scoring maximum runs in a single Ranji Trophy season. He recently became the first-ever batsman to score 12000 runs in Ranji Trophy. He is also the first batsman to score 10000 and 11000 runs in the Ranji Trophy.
After having an illustrious career with the bat, Jaffer has finally called his time. Playing 260 first-class games, scoring 19,410 runs at an average of 50.67. He has scored 57 centuries and 91 fifties with 314 being his highest score.
Wasim Jaffer Announces Retirement From All Forms Of Game:
Having played 31 Test for India, Jaffer has been one of the legends for India in the domestic circuit. He has finally called it time.
Jaffer took this opportunity to pay gratitude to all the people who have had their contribution in his illustrious career. “A special thanks to all my coaches, right from my school days to professional cricket, for helping me polish my skills,” Jaffer said in a statement announcing his retirement.
“A heartfelt thanks to the selectors who showed faith in me. My gratitude to all the captains I played under and all my colleagues from whom I learnt so much about the game and shared some lifelong memories. I would also like to thank all the support staff who were a constant pillar of support in my long journey. Thank you to the BCCI, Mumbai Cricket Association and Vidarbha Cricket Association for giving me the opportunity to represent them,” he said.
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Following a prolific school career, including an innings of 400 not out as a 15-year-old, he made his entry into the first-class cricket and scored a triple-century in his second match. This innings of 314 not out helped set a series of firsts for Mumbai.
It was the first occasion that a batsman had made a triple century for Mumbai away from home and, in putting on 459 runs with his opening partner Sulakshan Kulkarni, the pair became the first from Mumbai to pass 400.
Talking about his international career, the Mumbaikar has represented India in 31 Tests between 2000 and 2008, scoring 1944 runs including five hundred and 11 fifties.
He also has a double hundred to his name — the highest score of 212 against West Indies in 2006 at St John’s. He played two ODIs for India.