Yash Dhull has scored a century for Delhi on his Ranji Trophy debut, just a few days after leading India to their fifth Under-19 World Cup title. With this, he joined the ranks of cricketing greats such as Rohit Sharma and Sachin Tendulkar, who both scored centuries on their first-class debuts.
Now, Dhull has gone one step further, scoring a century in both innings against Tamil Nadu at the Baraspara cricket stadium. He is only the third Indian player in history to score a century in both innings of his FC debut. He joins Nari Contractor (152 and 102* for Gujarat in 1952/53 season) and Virat Swathe (126 and 112 for Maharashtra in 2012/13).
Yash Dhull hits second ton on debut
Yash Dhull, India U19 captain, continued his fine form with back-to-back centuries on his Ranji Trophy debut as Delhi faced Tamil Nadu on Day 4 of the season in Guwahati on Sunday. The 19-year-old batsman is only the third Ranji player to accomplish the feat, following Indian legends Nari Contractor and Virat Swathe.
Yash Dhull’s dhamaka debut in Ranji Trophy, century in each innings
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Yash Dhull is in great form
Dhull had smashed 113 off 150 deliveries in the first innings as Delhi batted first. Despite conceding a lead to Tamil Nadu, he returned to score an unbeaten 113 as Delhi declared their second innings on 228/0. The game ended in a tie. Dhull, who is usually a middle-order batsman, was asked to open by his state team.
He thrived, just as he did at the ICC Under-19 World Cup, where he and his deputy Shaik Rasheed were both diagnosed with Covid-19. Both were reintroduced into the team and played critical roles in India’s victory.
There will be two stages to the Ranji Trophy. One is done before IPL and the other is done after IPL. From February 10 to March 15, the pre-IPL phase will take place. From May 30 to June 26, the post-IPL phase will take place. This season’s Ranji Trophy will feature 64 matches spread over 62 days. Eight Elite Groups and one Plate Group are available. The Elite Groups would consist of four teams, while the Plate Group would consist of six teams. Each Elite Group will have one team qualify for the quarterfinals.