Ranji Trophy is inadequate if it doesn’t have a super-duper performance from Ranji Legend Wasim Jaffer. And with his brilliant performance against Uttarakhand in the quarter-finals of the 2019 edition of the highly-prestigious tournament, he once again told everyone that ‘old is really gold’.
Veteran Indian batsman Wasim Jaffer slammed another double-century for his side Vidarbha got a massive 204-run lead against Uttarakhand on the third of their Ranji Trophy quarter-final game on Thursday. The 40-year-old’s 204 lifted the side to a gigantic score of 559 for the loss of six wickets at the stumps with a lead of 204 as the visitors were made to toil the whole day.
Surprisingly, the first innings of Vidarbha are yet to be completed and only two left days in the match, the host team is all set to enter the semi-final of the highly prestigious domestic tournament.
The Day Three of the game started with opener Sanjay Ramaswamy and Wasim Jaffer resuming the innings after coming together on Wednesday. Both the players stitched an amazing and massive 304-run stand for the second wicket at the Vidarbha Cricket Association’s Stadium to demoralize the visiting team, which is playing in the Ranji Trophy for the very first time.
Ramaswamy who made 112 on Wednesday, could only manage to add 29 runs to his total number of runs and was sent back to the pavilion at the score of 141.
But Jaffer continued to show his magic on the ground and played his inning in his usual style. Though, he was playing a bit faster than most of his innings that he has played in the past. In the process, he reached another first-class double-century and a second one for Vidarbha.
The phrase – ‘age is just a number’ – completely suits the legendary cricketer as he struck 26 boundaries during his knock. Wasim Jaffer has now become the first Indian and first Asian batsman to score two double centuries after turning 40 in first-class cricket.
Notably, the first double-century (286) scored by him after turning 40 came in the 2017-2018 season of Ranji Trophy in a drawn match against Rest of India in Nagpur.
It was also the ninth time that the veteran batsman went past the 200-run mark in domestic cricket. He also has two triple-centuries at the first-class level.
AT WAYANAD – KERALA 185/9 & 171 (Sijomon Joseph 56; Roosh Kalaria 3/36) beat GUJARAT 162 & 81 (Basil Thampi 5/27) by 113 runs.
AT BENGALURU – RAJASTHAN 224 & 222 (Robin Bist 44; K Gowtham 4/54) lead KARNATAKA 263 & 45/3(Aniket Choudhary 2/9) by 139 runs.
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