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Rajasthan Ranji cricketer Vivek Yadav slams 287 runs and grabs 7 wickets in a 50-over match


Vivek Yadav (L) in the Ranji Trophy last season

Vivek Yadav (L) in the Ranji Trophy last season

In a tournament organized at Jaipur in the memory of former Ranji Player Shamsher Singh, Vivek Yadav played a blistering knock of 287 runs for his team Aravali Club in a 50 over match on Monday. This cricket tournament is affiliated with the Jaipur District Cricket Association. Vivek Yadav also played a crucial role with the ball for Rajasthan to lift their very first Ranji Trophy.

In the match played between Aravali Club of Jaipur and Saint Angel Club of Lucknow, Vivek faced only 146 balls to pile up this huge individual score of 287 runs. He stayed at the crease for 209 minutes and hit 49 boundaries and 5 lofty sixes. Yadav took 78 deliveries to complete his century whereas he went past 200 in just 115 deliveries. He faced only 37 balls to move from 101 to 200.

He was sent back to the pavilion in the 43rd over after playing an airy pull shot. If Yadav had batted for the complete 50 overs, he could have easily crossed the 300 mark. The highest individual score in List-A matches is 268 runs by AD Brown of Surrey County club whereas in one-day international matches, Virender Sehwag has the grand achievement to his account, with the score of 219 runs against West Indies.

With this brilliant knock of 287 runs by captain Vivek Yadav, Aravali Club managed to score a giant total of 512 runs for the loss of 8 wickets at the end of 50 overs. This is not the first time 500-run mark has been breached in limited overs cricket. In fact, the highest team total in limited overs cricket is a gigantic 721 in a match between St. Peters High School and St. Phillips in 2006/07.

In the List-A matches, the highest total is to the account of English County Club – Surrey. The club scored 496/4 on 29th April, 2007. In one-day international matches, the record of the highest team total is in the name of Sri Lanka who scored 443/9 against Holland in July 2007.

Chasing a huge total of 513 runs in 50 overs, Saint Angel Club from Lucknow managed to score only 20 runs for the loss of 10 wickets. After giving a brilliant performance with the bat, Vivek Yadav shone with the ball too and picked up 7 wickets, conceding only 1 run in his four overs with 3 maidens.

In first-class matches, the 28-year-old Vivek Yadav has picked 56 wickets in his 17 matches whereas he has picked 9 wickets in his 8 List-A matches.

In List-A matches, the best bowling figures are 8 wickets for 15 runs by Rahul Sanghvi.

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