Wasim Jaffer has been a force to be reckoned with in the domestic circuit for quite a while now. His evergreen presence in the field, and unstoppable ability of grinding out the runs has earned him huge dividends, as he won his 10th Ranji Trophy title, for Vidharbha, an accolade which not many have been able to live up to.
Jaffer also had a brief but memorable stint while playing for the nation, after playing 31 Tests and two ODIs for India. With over 19147 runs in his First-class career, Jaffer spoke about how he felt that his time for the Mumbai side had come to an end, while opting to play for Vidarbha later in the process.
“I realised that I am at a stage in my career where I am not going to play for India again. On a personal level, I wanted to challenge myself too. Also, there were murmurs about dropping me from the one-day team, even though I was the highest run-getter for Mumbai in one-dayers during that season.”
“So, I had a feeling that they might look beyond me, sooner or later. Thus, I thought that it would be better if I move out, as you know the Mumbai side is a ladder to getting selected in the Indian team. I didn’t want to come in the way of a youngster eyeing a national berth.”
“And it turned out to be a good decision,” Jaffer concluded.
Vidarbha won their second successive Ranji Trophy this year and the veteran batsman was part of the squad on both occasions.
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