Jadeja achieves Best Conversion Rate in First-Class Cricket: The Indian all-rounder has surpassed many greats of the game.
Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has achieved the best conversion rate when it comes to converting centuries to double centuries in First-class cricket. Batting for Saurashtra in the second round of the ongoing season of the Ranji Trophy against Railways at Rajkot, Jadeja scored his 10th First-class century.
After Railways captain Mahesh Rawat won the toss and chose to bat, Jadeja (20-4-58-4) played an instrumental role in bowling out the opposition on 200 in 64 overs. Needed to bat on the same day, Jadeja came in to bat at No. 5 in the 11th over with his team reeling at 30-3.
Jadeja remained unbeaten on 33 at Stumps, Day 1. The 29-year old cricketer completed his century on the following day as he scored 145 runs in day-long batting effort. With Saurashtra getting bundled out for 348 in 118.3 overs, Jadeja remained unbeaten on 178 (332). His innings comprised of 16 fours and four sixes.
In which was another archetype Jadeja century in the Ranji Trophy, it was his second score of 150+ (between 150-200). It is worth mentioning that Jadeja has a couple of double centuries and three triple centuries to his name, which takes his batting average of the innings in which he has scored a century to a monumental 523.5.
All in all, Jadeja has scored 5,277 in 134 First-class innings, out of which 2,094 runs were scored when he hit a century. Numbers such as these are astounding for any specialist batsmen, leave alone an all-rounder like Jadeja.
Out of his 10 centuries, five have been scores of 200+, which take his conversion rate 50%, maximum for any batsman to have played the game. Himachal Pradesh’s Sangram Singh, who last played in 2013, has scored four double centuries in a total of 10 First-class centuries.
Among the active cricketers in this list are Paras Dogra (Himachal Pradesh) and Hanuma Vihari, who recently made his debut for India. Both of them share a conversion rate of 33.33. While the 33-year old Dogra has scored seven double centuries in his total of 21 centuries, the 28-year old Vihari has scored five in 15.
The most astonishing thing about these numbers is the fact that Sir Don Bradman has a lower conversion rate of 31.62. Out of his 117 First-class centuries, 37 were double centuries. Among the Top 10 batsmen with the highest conversion rate, Bradman is at No. 8 and is the only one with more than 10 double centuries.
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on Jadeja below:
#RanjiTrophy round-up: Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round show puts Saurashtra on top, Jharkhand thrash Haryana
— The Field (@thefield_in) November 13, 2018
(Ranji Trophy: No sword dance, but runs flow from Ravindra Jadeja blade)
Written by Sriram Veera
— geopost 24/7 (@gooshi2000) November 14, 2018
🔥🏏 Congratulations to CSK’s @imjadeja on scoring a 178* for Saurashtra against Railways in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season.
— #teamchennai (@teamchennaiIN) November 14, 2018
First Ravindra Jadeja took four wickets to bowl out Railways for 200 before he revived Saurashtra, who were 128 for 6 at one stage, to end the day on 344 for 8.
Sriram Veera reports:https://t.co/9aHwc8jlvn
— Express Sports (@IExpressSports) November 14, 2018