Ranji Trophy 2019-20: Of gritty batsmanship, controversies & a swansong
Written by Rahul Sadhu
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Updated: March 13, 2020 11:23:16 am


This Ranji season has been crammed with moments like Sarfaraz Khan’s triple ton and a reptilian interruption.

The 2019-20 Ranji season was the 86th season of the Indian first-class cricket championship which was stuffed with vivid sparks as younger batsmen rose to the event whereas the fading stars introduced their departure into the horizon. Controversies and memorable moments additionally adopted in tandem and amidst all these, it was Saurashtra who booked a spot within the Ranji Trophy last in opposition to a buoyant Bengal which started on March 9.

Both the groups have been determined to go all the best way with Saurashtra reaching their fourth last in eight seasons whereas Bengal has not tasted success within the premier home occasion because the 1989-90 triumph. Saurashtra lifted their first Ranji Trophy on Day 5 on Friday beneath the captaincy of Jaydev Unadkat who’s the main wicket-taker (67 wickets) on this season. Let’s take a look again at a number of the memorable moments of this season —

THE KNOCKS

Back from the clutches of cancer, Uttarakhand’s Kamal Kaniyal hit a incredible debut hundred in Ranji Trophy. Gujarat skipper additionally made it a memorable season as he accomplished 11,000 runs in first-class cricket.

Bengal’s Manoj Tiwary hit a spectacular maiden triple century for Bengal on day two of the Ranji Trophy Elite Group A match in opposition to Hyderabad. Playing with a ‘specially customised bat’, Tiwary smashed a first-class triple hundred in an innings the place no different batsman acquired a century.

The unstoppable Sarfaraz Khan had a season to recollect for Mumbai from which they’ve scanty positives to take. Khan gave his crew these uncommon moments of pleasure as he returned with dream run scores of 301*, 226*, 78 and 25.

THE CONTROVERSIES & THE MEMORIES

In a distinctive incident throughout a match between Andhra and Vidharbha a snake interrupted the proceedings to cease play on the Dr Gokaraju Liala Gangaaraju ACA Cricket Ground in Vijayawada. It took the groundstaff a whereas to eliminate the reptile from the enjoying space because the motion kicked-off after a transient delay.

Another Ranji Trophy match between Karnataka and Baroda was marred in controversy after an on-air commentator said that ‘every Indian must know Hindi as it is our mother tongue.’ The incident passed off through the seventh over of Baroda’s second innings when one of many two commentators stated: ‘I liked the fact that Sunil Gavaskar is commentating in Hindi and is giving his valuable in the same language. I also loved it that he called the dot ball as a ‘bindi’ ball.”

The different commentator Rajender Amarnath responded: “Every Indian must know Hindi. This is our mother tongue. There is no bigger language than this.”

“In fact, I look at those people with a lot of anger who say that we are cricketers still we should talk in Hindi? You are staying in India then you will obviously speak its mother tongue,” he stated.

In another incident at Chandigarh’s ‘MCG’, vehicles drove past a sightscreen. Chandigarh’s Mahajan Cricket Ground is situated inside a farmhouse. On Day 1 of the maiden Ranji match on the venue, automobiles drove previous the sightscreen, bringing the play to an abrupt halt.

THE SWANSONG

In his first-class profession which spanned for 260 matches, Wasim Jaffer scored 19,410 runs at a mean of 50.67.

Former India opener Wasim Jaffer on Saturday announced retirement from all forms of cricket after amassing a mountain of runs in a wonderful first-class profession that spanned virtually a quarter-century. Since making his first-class debut in 1996/97 with Mumbai, the 42-year-old grew to become the very best run-scorer within the Ranji Trophy and Irani Trophy, in addition to scoring near 2000 runs in Test cricket.

The ageless surprise scored his 91st first-class fifty in his final Ranji match in opposition to Kerala in February 2020 with a 57-run knock. Apart from the fifties, he has scored 57 tons of with a highest rating of 314. Playing as opening batsman, Jaffer represented India in 31 Tests between 2000 and 2008, scoring 1944 runs, together with 5 tons of and 11 fifties. He additionally has a double hundred to his title — a highest rating of 212 in West Indies in 2006.

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