LCC 2022: Former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer is currently plying his trade for India Maharajas in the Legends League Cricket 2022. It was indeed nice to see Jaffer back in cricketing action.
India Maharajas are locking horns with Asia Lions India at Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Ministry Turf 1), Al Amerat. In fact, India Maharajas won the toss and opt to bowl first.
Asia Lions posted a formidable total of 193 for the loss of 4 wickets in their allotted quota of 20 overs. Upul Tharanga top-scored with 72 off 45 balls including 7 fours and 4 sixes.
Asghar Afghan scored an unbeaten 69 off 28 balls with the help of 4 fours and 7 hits over the fence at an imperious strike rate of 246.43. On the other hand, Amit Bhandari took 2 wickets for India Maharajas.
In reply, India Maharajas lost Naman Ojha early on in the innings. The right-handed wicket-keeper-batsman managed to score just 4 off 8 balls. However, the team found some support in the form of Wasim Jaffer.
The right-handed batsman led the batting attack by example. Fans witnessed the vintage version of Jaffer as he chipped in with a flurry of superb boundaries.
LCC 2022: Wasim Jaffer brings out his best version in Legends League Cricket 2022
Wasim Jaffer took the Asia Lions’ bowling attack to the cleaners as he smashed as many as seven fours to his lofty standards of punching and counter-punching techniques.
However, he didn’t last long as he ended up scoring 35 off 25 balls. While he was on song, M Rafique dismissed him in the first ball of the 8th over as Shoaib Akhtar took a good catch.
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Notably, Jaffer was a terrific Indian cricketer during his heydays. He used to open for Team India in the longest format. The veteran is still the highest run-scorer in Ranji Trophy. He had a tremendous domestic career where he scored more than 12000 runs.
He made an impact by scoring a triple hundred in his second game in the domestic circuit. It helped him earn a Test cap in 2000 in the home series against South Africa.
India Maharajas playing XI
Naman Ojha (wk), Wasim Jaffer, S Badrinath, Mohammad Kaif (c), Yusuf Pathan, Stuart Binny, Nikhil Chopra, Manpreet Gony, Amit Bhandari, Aavishkar Salvi, Munaf Patel
Asia Lions playing XI
Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mohammad Yousuf, Asghar Afghan, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Romesh Kaluwitharana (wk), Nuwan Kulasekara, Mohammad Rafique, Dilhara Fernando, Shoaib Akhtar, Muttiah Muralitharan