Armaan Jaffer roars into form with triple century

Armaan toyed with the opponent bowlers and scored a triple century in just 367 balls to help Mumbai declare its first innings at 610-5

Mumbai's Armaan Jaffer, 20, scored an unbeaten 300 off 367 balls against Saurashtra on Friday.   -  Vijay Bate

Armaan Jaffer returned to form as he hammered an unbeaten knock of 300 for Mumbai in an U-23 CK Nayudu Trophy fixture against Saurashtra on Friday.

The 20-year-old, who is the nephew of erstwhile India opener, Wasim Jaffer, Armaan toyed with the opponent bowlers and scored a triple century in just 367 balls. The innings was crafted with 26 boundaries and 10 sixes. His knock helped Mumbai declare its first innings at 610-5.

Five years ago, when Armaan slammed knocks of 473 and 498 in Harris Shield fixtures, Mumbai cricket had pinned its hopes on the youngster. But things didn't work according to plan and Armaan failed to live up to the expectations — largely because of frequent injuries.

While he was part of India’s U-19 World Cup team in 2016, Armaan failed to make it count at the first-class level. Playing three games for Mumbai in 2016, he could only amass 44 runs in six innings. In the lone T20 that he played last year, Armaan could score only 27 for Mumbai. That saw him missing out on the Mumbai squad.

Coming back from a long injury lay-off, Armaan played a knock that spelled class and that would do a world of good for his confidence.

Though Kings XI Punjab picked him for the Indian Premier League in 2017, he was benched and later released. At a time when Mumbai cricket is busy praising another young talent, Prithvi Shaw, his old friend Armaan has done his bit to hog the limelight.