Mumbai: Wasim Jaffer added another feather to his cap on Sunday when he reclaimed Amol Muzumdar's record of most runs scored in the Ranji Trophy and also crossed Ajay Sharma's record of most centuries in the prestigious event.
"I was aware of the record because it was printed so much," Jaffer said after his 132-run knock, which helped Mumbai take a decisive 139-run lead in the final against Saurashtra on Sunday. "Scoring a hundred in the final means a lot, especially chasing the other team's total. It is always special contributing in big games."
It is Jaffer's 32nd century in the Ranji Trophy, one more than the previous record by Sharma, the former Delhi batsman. During his knock on Sunday, Jaffer also crossed 16,000 runs in first class cricket.
The 34-year-old could not score much in the quarter-finals and the semi-finals last season but said in such a long career it happens. "When you play for so long, instances when you don't score runs are bound to come. I am happy that I have contributed this time." he said.
About Tendulkar's run out Jaffer said, it's very unfortunate. He was involved in a mix-up with Tendulkar which ended in the latter's run out. Tendulkar dabbed Jadeja to the off-side for a quick single, but Kamlesh Makwana, fielding at point, was quick to react, throwing the ball back to the wicketkeeper, who shattered the stumps in no time.
"It's unfortunate to get run out in a big game. You don't want that to happen, especially when Tendulkar is at the other end. But he [Tendulkar] just told me to carry on and not to worry about it."
Jaffer too was undone by dubious decision. Saurashtra's Dharmendrasinh Jadeja sent one with a flat trajectory, which held its line and would have missed the leg stump easily, but umpire K Hariharan raised his finger without any hesitation. "That is part and parcel of the game.”
Jaffer said it would be crucial to take a good lead. "We'll aim for a lead of 200 runs. That would be ideal. If that happens we will be in a very strong position."
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