Wasim Jaffer joins Sachin, Gavaskar with 50th first-class ton

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Published: Friday, November 29, 2013, 13:38 [IST]
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Mumbai, Nov 29: Former India opener Wasim Jaffer has joined an illustrious company of great batsmen after scoring his 50th first-class century during Mumbai's Ranji Trophy match against Vidarbha at the Wankhede Stadium.

Jaffer struck a hundred on the opening day on Thursday (November 28) for his 50th ton in first-class cricket. He is the 8th Indian in the elite group of batsmen to hit 50 or more first-class centuries.

Wasim Jaffer hits 50th first-class ton

The list is headed by Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar. Both have scored 81 first-class tons. Rahul Dravid is second with 68.

The 35-year-old Jaffer has been a prolific run scorer for over a decade in domestic circuit. Yesterday's three-figure score was his 34th in Ranji Trophy, a record. He also holds the record for most runs in India's premier domestic competition.

In his collection of 50 first-class tons, 5 have come as India Test batsman. On Thursday, Jaffer was unbeaten on 133 (393 minutes, 261 balls, 13x4, 1x6). On Friday, he was dismissed for 139.

Jaffer has played 31 Tests and 2 ODIs for India. The right-hander made his first-class debut in 1996/97 season for Mumbai.

List of most first-class tons for India

Sachin Tendulkar 81 (51 in Tests)

Sunil Gavaskar 81 (34)

Rahul Dravid 68 (36)

Vijay Hazare 60 (7)

Dilip Vengsarkar 55 (17)

VVS Laxman 55 (17)

Mohammad Azharuddin 54 (22)

Wasim Jaffer 50 (5)


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