Veteran Of 19420 First-Class Runs, Ranji Legend Wasim Jaffer Retires From All Forms Of Cricket
The giant of Indian domestic cricket, a seasoned performer and a run machine, Wasim Jaffer has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
He leaves behind a rich Ranji Trophy legacy.? The most caps (156), the most runs (12,038), the most centuries (40), the most catches (200), along with being the highest run-scorer in the Duleep Trophy (2545) and the Irani Cup (1294).
Jaffer, who started his career with Mumbai in the 1996/97 season, moved to Vidarbha ahead of the 2015-16 season. An ageless wonder, Jaffer had a?strong Ranji season last year, scoring 1037 runs.??
The former Mumbai opener played 31 Tests and two ODIs for India. He finished as the fifth-highest run-scorer in Indian first-class cricket along with 10 Ranji Trophy titles and numerous other records.??
“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.?
“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, who is the highest run-getter in Ranji Trophy.
Known for his stylist shots, especially the cover drives, Jaffer was nemesis of the bowlers, who tormented them with his patient knocks.??
A wonderful domestic career, but the regret of not played more international crciket will no doubt be disappointing for Wasim Jaffer. Yet, he can be absolutely proud of what he has achieved.