Indian off-spinner Ravi Ashwin, on Wednesday, February 16, wished former batter Wasim Jaffer on his 44th birthday. Jaffer was an integral part of the Indian domestic setup, but when it came to international cricket, luck didn’t quite smile on him. The veteran oozed class to the extent that he notched double tons even after the age of 40.
While Wasim Jaffer retired after the 2020 first-class season, Ravi Ashwin remains an integral part of the Indian team, especially Test cricket. Ashwin is India’s most successful spinner after Anil Kumble, and he’s being touted to challenge the numbers of Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan at the highest level.
In the meantime, while wishing Wasim Jaffer, Ravi Ashwin also added a pinch of humour in his tweet. The tweaker said that he’s wishing for Michael Vaughan, the former England skipper, to send wishes for the 44-year-old.
Ashwin took to Twitter and wrote, “Many more happy returns of the day @WasimJaffer14, waiting to see your counterpart from England wish you in his own style. @MichaelVaughan.”
Over the time period, Jaffer and Vaughan have been involved in some hilarious banters on social media platforms. The duo share a great camaraderie and it’s visible from the conversations they have especially on Twitter.
Ravi Ashwin tweeting for Wasim Jaffer
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) February 16, 2022
As far as Jaffer’s career is concerned, he first played for India back in February 2000 during a Test match against South Africa at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. In 31 Tests, he scored 1944 runs at an average of 34.10 with five centuries and 11 half-centuries to show for his efforts.
In 2006, he made his ODI debut but played only two games in the format. But he went on to play 260 first-class matches in which he racked up 19410 runs at an average of 50.67 with 57 centuries and 91 half-centuries.
Jaffer was a stalwart for Mumbai for many years before he moved to Vidarbha during the final stages of his domestic career. Back in 2008 and 2009, Wasim Jaffer also plied his trade in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
He played two seasons for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) before being left out.