Ravindra Jadeja became the first Indian to score two triple centuries in one season of Ranji Trophy on Sunday. It was an innings that saw the left-hander dominate and once again prove his batting credentials. He made 320 off 491 balls with 28 fours and 7 sixes. He managed a strike-rate of 65.17 as well.
The Railways bowlers were pretty helpless on a wicket that offered them little assistance. Sitanshu Kotak and Kamlesh Makwana also got fifties. The innings though was dominated by Jadeja.
On November 12, 2012 he made 303 not out against Gujarat.
Jadeja has also become the first Indian to score three first class triple centuries and only the eighth person ever to do so in first-class cricket. His first triple ton (314) came in November 2011 against Orissa.
The other Indian batsman to have two triples are Vijay Hazare, Raman Lamba, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag and Wasim Jaffer. Worldwide, Bradman leads the list with six triples in his first-class career while Walter Hammond and Bill Ponsford had four apiece. Brian Lara, Michael Hussey, WG Grace and Graeme Hick also reached the landmark thrice.
It might be too early, but given the form he is in, India might be tempted to get him into the Test side. This season, he has already scored 645 runs at an average of 161.25. He has also claimed 13 wickets at 22.69 and tops the bowling charts for Saurashtra.
Brief Scores from other Ranji matches:
Saurashtra 534 for 6 (Jadeja 320*, Makvana 78*, Kotak 68) v Railways
Rajasthan 222 and 56 for 1 lead Punjab 215 (Ravi Inder 85, Pankaj 5-45) by 63 runs
Mumbai 297 and 6 for 0 lead Bengal 201 (A Das 98*, Chavan 4-61) by 102 runs
Hyderabad 50 for 1 trail Gujarat 566 (Smit 114, Parthiv 111, Juneja 106) by 516 runs
Uttar Pradesh 301 for 6 (Alam 100*, Kaif 83) lead Baroda 254 by 47 runs
Delhi 165 for 6 (Chand 76*) trail Haryana 307 (Dewan 71, Awana 5-71) by 142 runs
Odisha 237 for 3 (Natraj 60, Niranjan 59*) trail Maharashtra 315 by 78 runs
Tamil Nadu 443 for 8 (Badrinath 192, Shankar 63*, Wagh 4-101) v Vidarbha