Sarfaraz eclipses VVS Laxman, Everton Weekes in first-class elite list

Mumbai batsman Sarfaraz Khan has has etched his name in the record books for the third time in three consecutive matches. This time he has surpassed the likes of VVS Laxman, Everton Weekes in first-class elite list.Sarfaraz Khan

The 22-year-old, after scoring 301* and 226* in his last two innings, was once again quite useful with the bat in the game against Saurashtra, as he scored 78 on the first day of the Group B encounter between the two teams in Rajkot.

With this, Sarfaraz scored a total of 605 first-class runs before being dismissed by Kamlesh Makvana. This is the seventh highest runs scored by a batsmen before being dismissed in first-class cricket.

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The top position also belongs to another India. In 1947-48, KC Ibrahim had scored 709 runs between dismissals. The other players ahead of Sarfaran on the all-time list are Graeme Hick (645), Vijay Merchant (634), Patsy Hendren (630), S Badrinath (625) and Pankaj Dharmani (608).

Top batsmen on the list

709 KC Ibrahim 1947/48
645 GA Hick 1990
634 VM Merchant 1941/42
630 EH Hendren 1929/30
625 S Badrinath 2007/08
608 P Dharmani 1999/00
605 SN Khan 2019/20
575 ED Weekes 1950
558 F Jakeman 1951
545 RB Simpson 1959/60
538 VVS Laxman 1997/98
530 VVS Laxman 1999/00

Meanwhile, after Tamil Nadu’s WV Raman, Sarfaraz became only the second Indian player last month to follow up a first-class triple hundred with a double hundred. Raman had scored 313 and 200 not out in 1989.

Sarfaraz is also the only seventh Mumbai batsman to hit a triple hundred in Ranji Trophy. With this, he joined an elite list of Mumbai batsmen that include Sunil Gavaskar, Sanjay Manjrekar, Wasim Jaffer, Rohit Sharma, Vijay Merchant and Ajit Wadekar.

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