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March 15, 2018
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Wasim Jaffer: India’s Youngest FC Triple Centurion, now the Oldest?

By Shalini Singh

Wasim Jaffer is all-set to add another feather in his cap. At stumps on day 2, Wasim Jaffer remained unbeaten on 285 runs playing for Vidharbha against Rest of India in Irani Cup. The 40-year old former India batsman is now only 15 runs shy of the big landmark – the oldest Indian to score a First Class triple ton. Currently, the record is held by Raman Lamba.

Oldest First Class triple centurions for each country

Country Age Runs Batsman For Against Venue Date
Australia 36y, 7m, 16d 339 Darren Lehmann Yorkshire Durham Headingley,Leeds 21-Sep-2006
England 48y, 0m, 17d 301 WG Grace Gloucestershire Sussex Ashley Down Ground, Bristol 04-Aug-1896
India 35y 312 Raman Lamba Delhi Himachal Pradesh Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi 02-Jan-1995
New Zealand 35y, 0m, 3d 311* Glenn Turner Worcestershire Warwickshire County Ground, New Road, Worcester 29-May-1982
Pakistan 32y, 2m, 3d 300 Rameez Raja Allied Bank Limited Habib Bank Limited Bagh-e-Jinnah, Lahore 17-Oct-1994
South Africa 41y, 2m, 9d 304* Dave Nourse Natal Transvaal Old Wanderers, Johannesburg 03-Apr-1920
Sri Lanka 36y, 3m, 9d 319 Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka Bangladesh Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

During his knock of 285*, Jaffer became the first Indian and the oldest Asian to score 250 plus score at the age of 40 or more in a First Class innings. He is the fifth Indian batsman to score a double century at the age of 40. En route unbeaten 285, the Vidarbha batsman also shattered Murali Vijay’s record of 266, the highest individual score in the history of Irani Cup.

Youngest Indians to Score Triple Century in First Class

Age Runs Batsman For Against Venue Date
18y, 8m, 22d 314* Wasim Jaffer Mumbai Saurashtra Municipal Stadium, Rajkot 07-Nov-96
18y, 9m, 29d 300* Abhinav Mukund Tamil Nadu Maharashtra Hutatma Anant Kanhere Maidan, Golf Club Ground, Nasik 04-Nov-08
19y, 11m, 8d 302* Kripal Singh Tamil Nadu Goa Bhausaheb Bandodkar Ground, Panaji 21-Jan-89
20y, 9m, 17d 302* Cheteshwar Pujara Saurashtra Orissa Khandheri Cricket Stadium, Rajkot 11-Nov-08
21y, 4m, 4d 308 Srikar Bharat Andhra Goa CSR Sarma College Ground, Ongole 07-Feb-15

Early departure from national team:

Wasim Jaffer’s international career lasted 31 Test matches, but he said that he has buried the past and does not regret not getting a call-up post-2008 despite having decent scores in domestic cricket.

“I don’t think about my stint of international cricket anymore. I feel blessed to have represented my country in 31 Test matches,” Jaffer had said in an interview.

“The fact that I played for my country still remains the proudest moment of my life. I still enjoy the sport of cricket,” he added.

Wasim Jaffer was also the youngest Indian to score a triple century in first-class cricket where he was unbeaten at 314 playing for Mumbai.

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