Cricket - Featured - March 8, 2020

Wasim Jaffer ends illustrous two decade old career

Indian domestic giant Wasim Jaffer has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Wasim Jaffer has had an illustrious career that lasted for over two decades. The 42-year-old has played 31 Tests for India scoring 1944 runs at an average of 34.11. He has also scored 5 hundreds and 11 fifties with a high score of 212. 

First of all, I would like to thank The Almighty Allah, who gave me the talent to play this beautiful game. I’d like to also thank my family – my parents and brothers for encouraging me to pursue the sport as a profession and my wife, who left a cosy life of England to create a lovely home for our children and me,” he said in a statement. 

Wasim Jaffer is one among the only few Indian openers to score multiple double hundreds. He made 212 against the West Indies and 202 against Pakistan. His 116 against South Africa is also the only instance of an Indian opener scoring a century in South Africa. 

A special thanks to all my coaches, right from my school days to professional cricket, for helping me polish my skills. A heartfelt thanks to the selectors who showed faith in me,” added Jaffer. 

Wasim Jaffer the Ranji Trophy legend

Wasim Jaffer ends illustrous two decade old career

However, Wasim Jaffer is a bigger name when it comes to Indian domestic cricket. He became the first batsman to score 12000 runs in the Ranji Trophy. His rich legacy of Ranji Trophy records includes the most caps (156), the most runs (12,038), the most centuries (40), the most catches (200). He is also the highest run-scorer in the Duleep Trophy (2545) and the Irani Cup (1294). He was also the only batsman to have breached the 1000-runs per Ranji season twice, in 2008-09 and 2018-19).

The right-handed batsman played for Mumbai for most part of his career. He also went on to represent Vidarbha. Wasim Jaffer is also the first player to play in 150 Ranji Trophy matches.

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,” said the Mumbaikar. 

He made his first-class debut in 1996-97 season.  Jaffer then went on to score 19,410 runs from 260 matches. 

Jaffer won the Ranji Trophy eight times for Mumbai including twice as captain. He also won two more Ranji titles for Vidarbha. 

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