The joy of playing helps Wasim Jaffer excel consistently

Wasim Jaffer's 133 not out on first day of the Ranji Trophy tie against Vidarbha is his 50th first-class century.

updated: November 28, 2013 22:39 IST
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It was a normal day in the office for Mumbai's perennial run-machine Wasim Jaffer as he scored a century on the first day of his side's Ranji Trophy against Vidarbha at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday.

Jaffer marked the first day of the first-ever clash between these two sides by scoring his 34th Ranji Trophy ton - most by any batsman in the tournament. It was also his 50th first-class century, enabling the 35-year-old to join 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).

Jaffer's mantra though is very simple. "I just enjoy playing the sport," he says nonchalantly. "I am fortunate to play for Mumbai. It's not something that has happened overnight. It's been solid hard work for 17-18 years. Playing for Mumbai, I can't take any game lightly. Of course, the aim is to play at the highest level but I am very lucky to represent Mumbai."

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