Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Double Century on Ranji Trophy Debut

Vijay Zol scored 200* on his Ranji Trophy Debut for Maharashtra vs Tripura at MCA Stadium, Pune. He is the 8th player to score a Double Century on Ranji Trophy Debut.
Also at age of 18 years and 340 days he is the 7th youngest to score a Double Century in Ranji Trophy.

8th player to score a Double Century on Ranji Trophy Debut

Double Centuries on Ranji Trophy Debut

210 - George Abell, Northern India vs Army
Lawrence Gardens, Lahore, 1934/35

205 - Budhi Kunderan, Railways vs Jammu and Kashmir
Karnail Stadium, Delhi, 1959/60

230 - Gundappa Viswanath, Andhra vs Mysore
Police Parade Ground, Vijayawada, 1967/68

260 - Amol Muzumdar, Bombay vs Haryana
Nahar Singh Stadium, Faridabad, 1993/94

209*- Anshuman Pandey, Madhya Pradesh vs Uttar Pradesh
Jayanti Stadium, Bhilai, 1995/96

201*- Manpreet Juneja, Gujarat vs Tamil Nadu
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad, 2011/12

213 - Jiwanjot Singh, Punjab vs Hyderabad
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, 2012/13

200*- Vijay Zol, Maharashtra vs Tripura
Maharashtra Cricket Association, Pune, 2013/14

Facts & Trivia:

# George Abell was an England born player. He scored only 1 run in his Debut First Class Inning.

# Abell & Budhi Kunderan is the only Wicket Keeper among the above players

# Except Abell, Kunderan and Zol, all others were making their First Class Debut too.

# Budhi Kunderan played 5 First Class Matches, including 3 for India, before making his Ranji Trophy Debut and scoring the double ton on debut. Vivek Razdan and Parthiv Patel are the only 2 other players to play Test Cricket before India before making the debut in Ranji Trophy. 

# Gundappa Viswanath also scored a century on his Test Debut. His 137 on test debut was a record until Shikhar Dhawan overcame it with his 187 in 2013.

# Amol Muzumdar went on to score over 9000 runs in Ranji Trophy and over 11000 in his First Class Career still never played for India.

# Muzumdar's 260 is the highest individual inning on First Class Debut while Viswanath's 230 is the 4th highest. Other 2 in middle are 240 by WFE Marx and 232* by SJE Loxton. 

# Jiwanjot Singh aggregated 995 runs in his Ranji Trophy Debut Season. That is the highest aggregate by any player in his debut Ranji Season.

# GEB Abell, Budhi Kunderan and Anshuman Pandey never scored another Double Century in their First Class Career while Anshuman Pandey's was his only century in First Class Career (He played 6 matches in his career).

# Vijay Zol also scored a century on his Debut First Class Inning - 110 for India A vs New Zealand A, Aug 2013.

Also check the list list of Triple Centuries by Indians in First Class Cricket and
 the youngest players to score a Double Century in Ranji Trophy