Mumbai’s Sarfaraz Khan slammed his maiden triple century on Wednesday in a Round 6 Group A and B Ranji Trophy game against Uttar Pradesh at the Wankhede Stadium. The 22-year-old remained unbeaten on 301* off 391 balls. His innings was laced with 30 fours and eight sixes. Also Read - No Ranji Trophy in 2021, Vijay Hazare Could Get Preference: Report
The match ended in a draw helping Mumbai take three points from the game courtesy the lead. Uttar Pradesh had scored 625 for five in the first innings. Also Read - IPL 2021 Auction: IPL Auctions in Mind, BCCI Likely to Host Mushtaq Ali T20 Before Ranji Trophy
Mumbai found themselves reeling at 128 for four and that is when Sarfaraz Khan joined Siddesh Lad and the two stitched a 200-run stand to get Mumbai back on track. Also Read - BCCI President Sourav Ganguly Reveals When Indian Domestic Cricket Season Will Start
His triple century is only the third by a first-class batsman while batting at No 6. Among the eight triple centuries made by Mumbai batsmen in Ranji Trophy games, he is the seventh to have done it. Only Wasim Jaffer has done it twice.
Khan also joined an elite club featuring greats like Sunil Gavaskar, Vijay Merchant, Ajit Wadekar Rohit Sharma among others.
Former India cricketer Mohammed Kaif lauded Sarfaraz Khan on his feat. His post read, “Not often does life give you a second chance. And when it does you need to grab it with both hands. Sarfaraz Khan certainly has grabbed his comeback chance with both hands. Mumbai 16/2 in pursuit of UP’s 626 and an outstanding triple century from Sarfaraz to get the lead.”
His 301* is now the second-highest score in first-class cricket while batting at number six with the highest being Karun Nair’s 328 in the 2014/15 Ranji Trophy final also at the Wankhede Stadium.