CSK Pacer Makes History, Breaks 78-Year-Old Record With Ranji Trophy Ton


CSK fast bowler created history, broke 78 year old record with Ranji Trophy century

Tushar Deshpande created history in Ranji Trophy© X (formerly Twitter)

Mumbai fast bowler Tushar Deshpande, who plays for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL), created history by scoring a brilliant century at number 11 during the Ranji Trophy match against Baroda on Tuesday. Deshpande scored 123 runs in 129 balls, the highest score by an Indian number 11 batsman in first-class cricket. This record was previously held by Shute Banerjee, who scored 121 runs while batting at number 11 for India during a tour match against Surrey during the England tour in 1946.

Several records were broken on Tuesday when Tanush Kotian and Deshpande became the first No. 10 and No. 11 batsmen to score centuries in Ranji Trophy history. Both the batsmen looked in good form and made a big partnership of 232 runs for the last wicket in the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals.

The partnership ended when Deshpande was out while Kotian remained unbeaten on 120 off 129 balls. From 337/9, the pair managed to take Mumbai to a mammoth score of 569.

While this was the first in Ranji Trophy, Kotian and Deshpande were the second pair to achieve this feat in first-class cricket. In 1946, Chandu Sarwate and Shute Banerjee were the first number 10 and number 11 pair to score centuries during India's tour match against the English county team Surrey.

Overall, this was the third time that an Indian batting pair managed to add 200 or more runs for the last wicket. In the 1991–92 Ranji Trophy semi-final against Bombay, Sarwate and Banerjee added 249 runs while the pair of Ajay Sharma and Maninder Singh added 233 runs for the last wicket.

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