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Wasim Jaffer is aging like fine wine. The India batsman, who is the highest run-getter in the Ranji Trophy history, has been in fine scoring form in the ongoing season of the premier domestic tournament.

On Thursday, Wasim Jaffer became the first Indian and the first Asian batsman to score two double centuries after turning 40 in first-class cricket. The 40-year-old slammed a double hundred in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final for Vidarbha against Uttarakhand in Nagpur on Thursday.

Jaffer scored 206 runs from 296 balls and stitched a 304-run stand for the second wicket with centurion Sanjay Ramasamy to help Vidarbha take the crucial first-innings lead against Uttarakhand, who had posted 355 in their first innings.

Following Jaffer’s departure, wicketkeeper-batsman Akshay Wadkar and Aditya Sarwate joined hands to add to Uttarakhand’s woes. While the former had remained unbeaten on 65, the latter was unbeaten on 26 as Vidarbha reached 486 for 5 at tea, stretching their lead to 131, on Day 3 of the quarter-final.

Notably, Jaffer had scored his first double century (286) after turning 40 during the 2017-18 season of Ranji Trophy in a drawn match against Rest of India in Nagpur.

Thursday’s 206 was also the ninth time Jaffer had went past the 200-run mark in first-class cricket. He also has two triple centuries against his name at the domestic level.

Jaffer, who last played for India in 2008, is nearing a tally of 1000 runs in the ongoing season of Ranji Trophy. The Vidarbha No. 3 has scored 969 runs, including four hundreds and a two half-centuries, at an average of 80.75 from nine matches so far.

Jaffer, who has scored more than 10,000 runs in the Ranji Trophy, made the switch from Mumbai to Vidarbha ahead of the 2015-16 season. The veteran opener has been one of the key players for Vidarbha over the years and played a key role in helping them to their first-ever Ranji Trophy title in 2017-18.