Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Mumbai batsmen Tushar Deshpande and Tanush Kotian made history on Tuesday as they became the first No 10 and 11 batting pair in Ranji Trophy history to score centuries each in the same innings. Moreover, it is only the second in all of first-class cricket.

In the first quarterfinal match against Baroda, Deshpande and Kotian, the final two Mumbai batters, put on an astonishing partnership of 232 runs for the last wicket, both reaching triple digits individually.

Fans on social media went crazy as they could not believe what happened in the Ranji Trophy. The last time something like this happened was in 1946 when Chandu Sarwate and Shute Banerjee scored centuries vs Surrey in 1946.

“Mumbai’s No 10 Tanush Kotian (right) and No 11 Tushar Deshpande after both hit centuries -the first time it has happened in Ranji. They shared a 232-run stand for the 10th wicket vs Baroda on 5th and final day, missing out on the Ranji record by 2 runs #RanjiTrophy,” wrote a fan.

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“Tushar Deshpande in this innings alone has surpassed Ajinkya Rahane's tally of 115 runs in the entire Ranji season (0, 0, 16, 8, 9, 1, 56*, 22, 3 & 0),” tweeted another fan.

“CSK’s batting depth is Insane! Tushar Deshpande scored a century,” a third user commented.