Mumbai: Veteran Mumbai opener Wasim Jaffer went past former team-mate Amol Muzumdar as the highest run-getter in Indian domestic cricket, after crossing the 16,000-run mark in First Class cricket on Day 2 of the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy final against Saurashtra.
He also made his 32nd century, the most by any batsman in the Ranji Trophy, putting Mumbai in command of the final. Mumbai were 287-6 at the close of play, with a meaty lead of 139 over Saurashtra, who were bowled out for just 148 yesterday.
“I am very happy to get a ton," said Jaffer at the close of play. "The two records were playing on my mind. As it was being printed so much.”
In the course of his innings, Jaffer was involved in the run-out of Sachin Tendulkar, who made 22.
Tendulkar pushed the ball to point, took off, but Jaffer sent him back. By the time Sachin wanted to get back, the bails were off. When asked about what Tendulkar told him after the run out, Jaffer said: “Sachin asked me to move on. It is not something that should happen when Tendulkar is at the other end. It was unfortunate that he got run out.”
Jaffer fell LBW for 132 after a questionable decision from the umpire Hariharan. To a ball that was angled in by Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Jaffer failed to offer a shot. The ball was going down the leg side, and there was no way that it should have been given out.
He took it in his stride, saying, “These decisions are part and parcel of the game. It is a controversial decision. I don’t want to comment on it”.
Saurashtra’s improved performance on Day 2 was acknowledged by Jaffer who singled out Jaydev Unadkat for special mention saying he bowled in the right areas but missed out on wickets.
When asked about the team's plans for Day 3 he said that the goal would be to pick up a 200-run lead with the spinners getting a bigger role to play in the game.
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