Former India opener Wasim Jaffer has heaped wealthy praises on ex-Mumbai cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli and Sanjay Manjrekar, saying that all of them had been his position fashions. Wasim Jaffer, Ranji cricket’s highest run-scorer, added that the environment and competitors in Mumbai remodeled him into the cricketer he grew to become.
Wasim Jaffer performed 31 Test matches for India between 2000 and 2008, and regardless of scoring a plethora of runs in Ranji Trophy could not make a nationwide comeback. The 42-year-old laments this truth as he mentioned that individuals simply keep in mind him as “a successful first-class cricketer and not an international cricketer”.
“I’m very fortunate that god gave the talent, without which I wouldn’t have come this far. My parents and brothers have sacrificed a lot and I owe my success to them. I was lucky to play for a team like Mumbai. I watched Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli and Sanjay Manjrekar, who all were my role models as I learned a lot from them. The atmosphere and competition made the cricketer I became.
“Then I moved to Vidarbha, had my share of accidents and lot of individuals keep in mind me for being a profitable first-class cricketer and not a world cricketer. I’m happy with taking part in 30 odd Test matches (31) for India. Though I might’ve achieved significantly better, the journey was unbelievable,” Wasim Jaffer told in an interview to CricTracker.
On being asked about his first meeting with Sachin Tendulkar, Wasim Jaffer told that he had met the legendary opener during a school cricket match. Jaffer revealed that Tendulkar smashed 170 odd runs in a single day, didn’t field and went straight to play a Ranji Trophy match.
Wasim Jaffer added that Sachin Tendulkar was a wonder boy back then and was destined to make a big name for himself in Mumbai and India cricket.
“Before the Ranji Trophy, I performed a few occasions towards him. When I used to be in Bandra Urdu high-school, we had a pre-quarter ultimate sport towards Sharadashram, the staff Sachin performed for. He solely batted at some point and scored 170 odd runs. He didn’t even field and went to play Ranji Trophy cricket.
“When I was around 13 and 14 years and studied in the seventh standard, we used to go and watch him play. That’s how I go to know about him. He was a wonder-boy back then and was destined to become a great name for Mumbai and Indian cricket. He lived up to all his potential,” Jaffer asserted.
Wasim Jaffer additionally talked on size about his first captain in a first-class match. The newly-appointed Uttarakhand state staff coach Jaffer talked very extremely of Sanjay Manjrekar. Jaffer reckoned that Manjrekar was a “strong character’ who was not budged by “outdoors chaos”. Wasim Jaffer said that players believed Sanjay Manjrekar to be a very critical person with strong opinions but added that Manjrekar mellowed down at the end of his career.
“Sanjay Manjrekar was my first skipper and on my debut, we opened the innings collectively. He was accessible since he was dropped from the Indian staff. And Manjrekar wished to make his India comeback as an opener and therefore, he determined to open the batting. We additionally went on to win the Ranji Trophy that season. I used to be lucky sufficient to have shared the dressing room with him.
“He was a strong character and he doesn’t budge to outside chaos. A number of players have said that he has strong opinions, very critical at times. But towards the end of his career, he mellowed down. When you play for a team like Mumbai, you learn so much. Apart from Sachin, Vinod and Sanjay, there are so many great Ranji cricketers, stars and match-winners in their own rights,” Wasim Jaffer acknowledged.