Ranji Trophy 2018: Gambhir scores farewell hundred, Rohera records highest first-class debut score

first_imgGautam Gambhir had a perfect swansong as he scored his 43rd and final first-class century with Delhi ensuring at least three points by virtue of first innings lead against Andhra on the third day of a group B encounter in the Ranji Trophy on Saturday.The match was all about Gambhir after he announced his retirement before the start of the game and announced Delhi’s Ranji Trophy encounter against Andhra as his final cricketing match.”The next Ranji Trophy game against Andhra will be my last day in the Sun. It is all coming to an end from where it started at Feroz Shah Kotla. I am big one on loyalty. I am glad that I could finish with teams that I started my journey with. In this case ending with both Delhi Daredevils and Delhi domestic side has given me immense satisfaction.As a batsman I have always valued timing. I know the time is just right. I am sure it’s sweet as well. Good bye and good luck,” Gambhir said.Gambhir made sure his farewell was memorable for the 500-odd spectators, who were present at the Feroz Shah Kotla to cheer every run that he scored.A streaky boundary through the slips took him to 98 and then he square drove pacer Bandaru Ayappa to scamper home for a double to complete one of his more emotionally exhausting hundreds.While the 100-odd youngsters sporting “Miss you Gauti’ T-shirts were overwhelmed with emotion, the former India opener was muted in his celebrations as he didn’t even bother to open his helmet.advertisementGetting into Ferozeshah Kotla dressing room one final time…So, this is it!!! #unbeaten #GautamGambhir #GautamGambhirRetires @BCCI pic.twitter.com/Aeku7mjl9G Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) December 9, 2018He added 113 runs for the second wicket with skipper Dhruv Shorey (98) before India A keeper Kona Bharat finally held onto an edge with off-spinner Shoaib Mohammed Khan being the bowler.It wasn’t a smooth innings but no one cared for the details like 10 boundaries and 185 balls as he got a generous applause.The Delhi players gave a him a ‘Guard of Honour’, the spectators gave a standing ovation and the entire Andhra team came up to congratulate him.He strode back to pavilion and the interest in the day’s proceedings suddenly waned.However, it was Shorey, Delhi’s most consistent batsmen over past two seasons, who played with a lot of confidence, wearing the Andhra attack on a low and slow track.He batted patiently playing 259 balls, hitting six fours, adding 86 with Vaibhav Rawal (33) after century stand with Gambhir.After Rawal was dismissed, Dhruv was stuck and left-arm spinner Manish Golamaru trapped him with a short mid-off fielder. Sai Krishna stationed at the particular position took a smart low catch.But debutant Jonty Sidhu (30), Lalit Yadav (29) and Anuj Rawat (28) took their team past Andhra’s first innings score to ensure three points.Brief Scores: Andhra 1st Innings 380.Delhi 1st Innings 409/7 (Gautam Gambhir 112, Dhruv Shorey 98, Manish Golamaru 3/126, Shoaib Khan 3/138).AJAY ROHERA GETS NEW RECORDRookie Madhya Pradesh opener Ajay Rohera on Saturday etched his name in the record books by slamming the highest first-class score on debut, an unbeaten 267 against Hyderabad in their Ranji Trophy Elite Group B game here.21-year-old Rohera’s 267 not out is a world record. The record was earlier held by former Mumbai stalwart Amol Mazumdar, who had hit 260 versus Haryana at Faridabad in 1994.Mazumdar took to Twitter to congratulate the young batsman.Courtesy Rohera’s 345-ball knock, which comprised 21 fours and five sixes, Madhya Pradesh declared their first-innings at a mammoth 562/4 in response to Hyderabad’s first innings score of 124.Madhya Pradesh bowlers then gave Rohera a winning gift by bundling out Hyderabad for 185 in their second essay for an emphatic innings and 253 run victory.The right-handed wicket-keeper batsman also had another reason to celebrate as he became the highest individual scorer for Madhya Pradesh surpassing JP Yadav’s 265.(With PTI inputs)Also Read | Gautam Gambhir announces retirement from all forms of cricketAlso Read | Gautam Gambhir retires: 6 games of IPL 2018 and I knew my time was upAlso Read | It was a massive shock: Gambhir recalls Dhoni’s 2012 selection policy for Australia serieslast_img

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