The most promising talent of India in the early 20th century, who turns out to be the highest run-getter in the Ranji & Irani Trophy. Wasim Jaffer, remember the name, who played a crucial role in India’s historical overseas victory against England. Mumbai stalwart, Jaffer scored over 18000 first-class runs with an average of 50. The right-hand opening batsman made his debut for India in 2000 against South Africa. However, he got his full-fledged opportunity during 2006 series against England. Jaffer indulges in 31 Test matches and 2 ODI for India, where he scored 1944 runs with an average of 34.1. Meanwhile, his international career gone through a lot of ups and down. He was always been in and out of the team. During 2013 he was the highest run-getter in Ranji Trophy and expected to be included in the India Test squad against Australia. But selectors backed young players like Murli Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan instead of Jaffer. That was unfair on Wasim Jaffer because both Vijay and Dhawan scored half of the runs what Jaffer scored in the Ranji season. Despite being ignored Jaffer continues to score tons of runs in the domestic matches. during 2014-15 season he was the 2nd highest run scorer in the Ranji Trophy. Even though selectors and team management didn’t back him considering his age.
Author’s take on Wasim Jaffer
Jaffer was one on the best technical sound batsman in India. I think he deserves more opportunities than what he got during his prime time. He might be unfortunate as the arrival of a formidable pair of Sehwag and Gambhir cemented their place in team India. However, he is a legend of Indian domestic cricket, won many trophies for his Ranji team Mumbai and now doing a fine job with Vidarbha at the age of 40. There is no doubt he is the most underrated cricketer in India considering his fabulous domestic records.