Opening batsman for Mumbai, Yashasvi Jaiswal has created history in the ongoing Ranji Trophy knockouts. In the semi-final against Uttar Pradesh, the Rajasthan Royals batsman scored a ton in both innings, which helped Mumbai reach a massive total of 393 in the first innings and eventually take a lead of 213 runs. His second ton helped Mumbai’s lead extend to above the 550-run mark.
Jaiswal is now the nine Mumbai batsman to score a century in each innings of a Ranji Trophy game in the 21st century. He has joined Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Vinod Kambli, and Wasim Jaffer, SM Kadri, Uday Merchant, and Dattu Phadkar in doing so. Rohit Sharma did it in 2009 against UP, Ajinkya Rahane that same year against Haryana and Wasim Jaffer in 2010 against Saurashtra.
The 20-year-old first grabbed headlines when he hit a double century in List A cricket and became the youngest player to achieve this milestone. He was also the highest run-scorer at the 2019 U19 World Cup, which helped him get a contract worth Rs 2.4 crore in IPL 2020 with the Rajasthan Royals. This year in the IPL, he scored a few significant knocks at the top of the order which were instrumental to the Royals’ journey to the final, which they eventually lost to the Gujarat Titans.
On day 4 at stumps, Mumbai are leading by 662 runs. Meanwhile, in the other semi-final between Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, Bengal need 254 runs in 53 overs to win on the last day.
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