Mumbai: Seasoned opener Wasim Jaffer cracked his 50th century in first class cricket to rally champions Mumbai from a difficult situation on day one of their Ranji Trophy Group A clash against fellow-state rivals Vidarbha at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday. (Read: The joy of playing helps Wasim Jaffer excel consistently)
Jaffer remained unbeaten on 133 at stumps after batting right through the day and guiding the 40-time champions from a precarious 39 for 3 to a close of play first innings total of 254 for 8. With his 50th first-class hundred, Jaffer joined an elite list of seven other Indian cricketers - Sachin Tendulkar (81), Sunil Gavaskar (81), Rahul Dravid (68), Dilip Vengsarkar (55), VVS Laxman (55) and Mohammad Azharuddin (54) - who have 50-plus hundreds at this level.
The 35-year-old former India batsman showed immense patience and tenacity even as wickets fell from the other end. But for his 393-minute vigil, the hosts, who were asked to take first strike, would have folded up for a meager score.