Ranji Trophy: Mumbai’s Tushar Deshpande & Tanush Kotian Become First Batters To Hit Centuries

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Tanush Kotian and Tushar Deshpande, Mumbai’s No. 10 and No. 11 batsmen, made history on February 27 by becoming only the second first-class tandem in history to make hundreds in the same innings. The record was set during Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Baroda on February 27.

Starting from the overnight total of 337/9, Kotian (120) and Deshpande (123) contributed 232 runs for the last wicket. Meanwhile, both batters recorded their first FC tonnes.

The only other No. 10 and 11 duo to make a century together in an innings was Chandu Sarwate and Shute Banerjee for the Indians against Surrey at the Oval in 1946. This inning saw the creation of a few more records. Kotian-Deshpande became the third Indian pair to record a partnership of over 200 runs for the last wicket.

Deshpande, on the other hand, is only the third Indian player to make a century at No. 11. In the Mumbai-Baroda match, Mumbai’s innings ended at 569, leaving the opponents with an insurmountable aim of 606 runs.