Former India opener and domestic cricket legend Wasim Jaffer has officially announced his retirement from all forms of the game at the age of 42.
Jaffer bows out of the competitive arena with a stellar first-class average of 50.67 and a record sum of 19,410 runs in red-ball cricket.
He remains the only batsman to score in excess of 1,000 runs in the Ranji Trophy twice, breaching the milestone for Mumbai in 2008-09 and with Vidarbha in 2018-19.
Highly ranked as a technically sound batsman, Jaffer donned the national jersey across 31 Tests and just two ODIs with his last international appearance coming against South Africa at Kanpur in 2008.
Jaffer began his career in emphatic fashion by conjuring a triple century in his second first-class game, prompting a call-up to the Test side in 2000.
He could not impress in the first few outings leading to his exclusion from the team but staged a comeback six years later.
An outstanding run-spree thereon saw Jaffer strike two Test double centuries, helping him carve out a niche among a small set of Indian openers to have scored multiple double tons in the format.
Jaffer's 116 in Cape Town during that time was a hallmark of his classy strokeplay and dogged character in the field.
He lost his place in the team in 2008 following a string of mediocre scores, though he continued to churn out heaps of runs consistently in the domestic circuit.
Jaffer finishes as the fifth-leading run-getter in Indian first-class cricket along with 10 Ranji Trophy titles and several other records to his name across his illustrious 25-year career.
"Thank you to the BCCI, Mumbai Cricket Association and Vidarbha Cricket Association for giving me the opportunity to represent them," Jaffer said in a statement.
"Among moments I will cherish the most is getting my India Test cap, scoring 202 vs Pakistan, 212 vs West Indies and winning Test series in West Indies and England 2006-07. I am honoured to have shared the dressing room with the likes of Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag and MS Dhoni to name a few.
"Sachin Tendulkar was my role model. Feel really blessed to have watched him play from close quarters. In my opinion, he was one of the best players of that era along with Brian Lara.
"I would also like to thank Chandrakant Pandit for showing faith in me when no team showed any interest to have me as a professional for 2017-18 season. It is because of him I got a chance to play for Vidarbha again and create history of winning a Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup twice.
"My father wanted one of his sons to represent India and I feel proud to have fulfilled his dream. After all these years in cricket, it is time to move on. But just like the red ball format which is very dear to me, it's the end of only the first innings. I am looking forward to the second innings in any capacity, be it in coaching, commentary etc."