Ranji Trophy: Gani smashes triple ton on debut; scripts history
22-year-old Bihar cricketer Sakibul Gani on Friday became an overnight sensation among cricket enthusiasts after smashing a triple century on his Ranji Trophy debut. The right-handed batter is the first male cricketer to score a triple ton in his First-Class debut. He recorded the feat on the second day of the 2021-22 Ranji Trophy against Mizoram during a Plate Group match.
- Gani on Friday also broke Ajay Rohera's record for the highest individual score on First-Class debut.
- Rohera had racked up an unbeaten 267 against Hyderabad in Indore during the 2018-19 Ranji season while playing for Madhya Pradesh.
- Rohera had achieved the feat by breaking the record of his fellow countryman Amol Muzumdar.
- Muzumdar had managed 260 during the 1993-94 season for Mumbai against Haryana.
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A snippet from that landmark knock 🎥 🔽 pic.twitter.com/LXK7F0yA2N
Batting first and riding on Gani's triple hundred, Bihar posted 686/5 before declaring their innings. Babul Kumar remained unbeaten at 229. Iqbal Abdulla picked two wickets while giving away 136 runs. In reply, Mizoram managed 40/3 in 18 overs at the end of Day 2. Taruwar Kohli (11 runs) and Uday Kaul (4 runs) were at the crease at the end of day's play.
He walked to bat at number five when Bihar were reeling at 71/3 and added an enormous partnership of 538 runs with double-centurion Babul Kumar for the fourth wicket to take them to a respectable total. Gani scored 341 runs off just 405 balls while maintaining the strike rate of 84.19. Gani's knock was laced with 56 fours and two sixes.
The 2021-22 Ranji Trophy will be played in two phases. The first phase started on February 10 and will get concluded on March 15. The second phase will be organized after the conclusion of the Indian Premier League. The teams are divided into one Plate Group and eight Elite Groups. Plate Group is comprised of six teams while Elite Groups have four teams.