Indian domestic legend Wasim Jaffer announces retirement
Former India opener and the domestic legend Wasim Jaffer has announced his retirement from all forms of the game on Saturday (March 7).
He is the only Indian opener to score a century in South Africa, thanks to his 116 in Cape Town. He has multiple Test double centuries to his name as well; he scored 212 against West Indies in Antigua in 2006 and then two years later came his 202 against Pakistan in Kolkata.
This makes Jaffer is only one of five Indian openers to score multiple Test double tons. Virender Sehwag (six), Sunil Gavaskar (three), Mayank Agarwal, Vinoo Mankad the others to achieve that feat.
Meanwhile in domestic cricket, he played for Mumbai for most part of his career and also represented Vidarbha.
The 42-year-old is the highest run-scorer in the history of Ranji Trophy, with 12,038 runs and most centuries (40).
Jaffer, a technically sound right-hand batsman, is also the fifth-highest run-scorer in Indian first-class cricket, behind Gavaskar (25,834), Sachin Tendulkar (25,396), Rahul Dravid (23,794) and VVS Laxman (19,730). He played 260 first-class games, amassing 19,410 runs at a staggering average of 50.67.
In his first-class career, Jaffer scored 57 hundreds and 91 fifties with 314 being his highest score. He was also the only batsman to have breached the 1000-runs per Ranji season twice, in 2008-09 and 2018-19.
Jaffer announced his retirement through a tweet, where he wrote: “After 25 years of playing professional cricket, time has come to say goodbye. Thank you @BCCI @MumbaiCricAssoc, VCA, my teammates, media and fans.”
After 25 years of playing professional cricket, time has come to say goodbye. Thank you @BCCI @MumbaiCricAssoc, VCA, my teammates, media and fans. This is my official statement. pic.twitter.com/xP3wL4u70s
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) March 7, 2020