India’s legendary batsman in the domestic circuit of the country’s cricketing circle, Wasim Jaffer has opened up on his international Test career. Wasim Jaffer, a legend in the Indian domestic circuit, has hung his boots. He announced his retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect on March 7 this year.
The 42-year-old, who is also the highest run-scorer in the history of Ranji Trophy, played 31 Tests and two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) between 2000-2008. It is only a matter of wonder as to why who achieved so much in the domestic circuit couldn’t excel on the international stage with the amount of potential that he had.
Jaffer has recently opened up on his limited stint on the international stage and has said that it was due to his own poor performance and he has nobody but himself to blame.
Wasim Jaffer Opens Up On His Limited International Stint
On being asked, “Do you think you underachieved in Tests”, Jaffer responded, “Definitely. I would have loved to play more Tests. Maybe, I was not consistent. I’ve nobody but myself to blame. My decline as an India cricketer coincided with the rise of some astonishing opening batsmen India started to produce. Gradually I receded into the background.”
“The 2007-08 Test series in Australia kind of hastened my exit. Mentally, I was not there. The conditions were good for batting, but I wasn’t playing well at all. Brett Lee had my number. He was bowling really well, but I should have done something more to counter him. I strongly believe in destiny. Some things are not meant to happen,” Jaffer added.
Jaffer Has Had A Legendary Domestic Career For India
Jaffer 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 12,038 runs in the competition. He also has the most number of centuries in the tournament wherein he has scored a total of 40 centuries.
The veteran batsman Jaffer 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. Also, he is the first batsman to score 10000 and 11000 runs in the Ranji Trophy.