New Delhi: Following in the footsteps of his uncle Wasim Jaffer, who opened innings for India in Test cricket and holds the record for most number of runs in the domestic cricket, 17-year-old Arman Jaffer has achieved a unique feat in the ongoing Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy.
Arman, representing Mumbai, has slammed three consecutive double centuries that took his count of successive century knocks to four. The Mumbai lad achieved this feat while playing against Karnataka U-19 in a match that concluded on Tuesday.
The young Jaffer missed a double century against Tripura as he got out on 174, but after that he made sure that he crossed the 200-run mark in every innings that followed. He scored 224 against Madhya Pradesh, 223 against Orissa, and was unbeaten on 218 when Mumbai declared their innings at 506/4 against Karnataka on Monday. He scored 56 in the opening match against Baroda, a rare blip in his consistency to get into three figures.
Arman’s dual feats – three consecutive 200s and four consecutive 100s – do not find a match in the history of the Cooch Behar Trophy.
In fact, there has never been a batsman in the international cricket either who has hit three consecutive double centuries. However, there are instance of two consecutive double centuries.
Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara is the only batsman to have hit four consecutive centuries in the ODI format. In Test cricket history, there have been only five batsmen to accomplish this feat – Everton Weekes, Rahul Dravid, Younis Khan, Jack Fingleton and Alan Melville.
Arman is in a top-class form this season having scored 895 runs from 5 matches at an average of 223.75. So far, he is the highest run-getter in the Cooch Behar Trophy by a big margin. He has also hit the most sixes in the tournament.
Along with his amazing batting talent, Arman is also a handy off-spinner that has helped him claim 9 wickets in the tournament so far. Arman’s form has also helped Mumbai U-19 to the top of Elite Group A, with one last 4-day group match to be played from December 19 onwards.
The right hand batsman is already a recognised batting prodigy in Indian domestic cricket circles. His 498 for Rizvi Springfield School in 2010 is the currently standing record for highest individual score in Indian school cricket – incidentally, breaking his uncle’s record of 403 runs.
The 17-year-old Arman was recently named in Mumbai’s list of 30 Ranji Trophy probables but he couldn’t make it to the the 15-member squad. However, there is no doubt that with the consistency with which he is knocking centuries, a berth in the senior team is not far. And, with the U-19 ICC World Cup early next year, a call-up to the national team is not out of reach either.