Veteran opener Wasim Jaffer on Monday became the first player in Indian cricket to feature in 150 Ranji matches. The 41-year-old from Maharashtra, who has been an important part of the title-winning Vidarbha team in the last two years, achieved the rare distinction during their Group A opener against Andhra Pradesh in Vijayawada.
The former India opener is now just 853 runs away from completing 20,000 runs in first-class cricket.
Jaffer is followed by Madhya Pradesh batsman Devendra Bundela (145 matches) and Amol Muzumdar (136 matches), who have played for Mumbai and Assam.
Most Ranji matches played:
150: Wasim Jaffer
145: Devendra Bundela
136: Amol Majumdar
Jaffer made his debut during the 1996-97 season and has broken multiple records and set new ones since.
The right-hander has since scored 40 centuries in the domestic circuit, which is also a record. Moreover, Jaffer became the first cricketer in the history of Ranji Trophy to go past 11,000 runs in the 2018 season.
Overall, Jaffer has played 253 first-class games, scoring 19,147 runs at an average of 51.19. He has scored 57 hundreds and 88 fifties with 314 being his highest score.
The Mumbaikar has represented India in 31 Tests between 2000 and 2008, scoring 1944 runs which included five hundreds and 11 fifties. He also has a double hundred to his name – the highest score of 212 against West Indies in 2006 at St John’s.
Jaffer also played two ODIs for India.