Jaffer’s record in first-class games
Jaffer 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.
“Thank you to the BCCI, Mumbai Cricket Association and Vidarbha Cricket Association for giving me the opportunity to represent them,” Jaffer said in a statement.
Hardik Pandya who showed his glorious form in the T20 Patil cup match by hitting 20 sixes tweet on Wasim Jaffers retirement announcement.
Congrats Wasim bhai
You have always been my favourite batsman 👌
Good luck for the next Innings 🙏🏾
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) March 7, 2020
“Among moments I will cherish the most is getting my India Test cap, scoring 202 vs Pakistan, 212 vs West Indies and winning Test series in West Indies and England 2006-07. I am honoured to have shared the dressing room with the likes of Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag and MS Dhoni to name a few.
“A heartfelt thanks to the selectors who showed faith in me. My gratitude to all the captains I played under and all my colleagues from whom I learnt so much about the game and shared some lifelong memories. I would also like to thank all the support staff who were a constant pillar of support in my long journey. Thank you to the BCCI, Mumbai Cricket Association and Vidarbha Cricket Association for giving me the opportunity to represent them,” he said.
Most runs in Ranji Trophy ✅
Most capped player in Ranji Trophy ✅
We wish Wasim Jaffer well as he announces his retirement from all formats of the game.
— BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) March 7, 2020
“My longest association was with the Mumbai team and it’s here that I learned about the khadoos nature of cricket that Mumbai players are known for,” said Jaffer, who also captained Mumbai to two title wins in the Ranji Trophy.
“He [Sachin Tendulkar] was my role model. Feel really blessed to have watched him play from close quarters. In my opinion, he was one of the best players of that era along with Brian Lara.
“I would also like to thank Chandrakant Pandit for showing faith in me when no team showed any interest to have me as a professional for 2017-18 season. It is because of him I got a chance to play for Vidarbha again and create history of winning a Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup twice.
His second innings
Jaffer also states that he looks forward to involve in cricket other than playing “My father wanted one of his sons to represent India and I feel proud to have fulfilled his dream. After all these years in cricket, it is time to move on. But just like the red ball format which is very dear to me, it’s the end of only the first innings. I am looking forward to the second innings in any capacity, be it in coaching, commentary etc.As long as I stay involved with the game as this game has given me so much,” he said.
Wasim Jaffer led Mumbai to its 38th and 39th Ranji title. Last year, he became the first player in Indian cricket to feature in 150 Ranji matches.