At the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune, where the Ranji Trophy match between Maharashtra and Assam is now taking place, Kedar Jadhav made a remarkable return to First Class cricket by smashing a run-a-ball 283 there. After a three-year hiatus, the hitter was making his comeback.

Jadhav’s innings, which included 21 fours and 12 maximums, enabled Maharashtra to declare for a whopping 594/9 in response to Assam’s 274/10 in the first innings. Due to his contribution, Maharashtra currently has a commanding 320-run lead and will need to keep Assam below it to win the match by innings.

Rahul Tripathi and Ruturaj Gaikwad, who were unavailable because they were playing in the Sri Lanka series, were replaced by Jadhav in the Maharashtra team.

When the umpires called for stumps on Day 2 with Maharashtra’s innings at 95/2, Jadhav entered the middle and scored 144 runs. He continued to use the same technique the next day, but he was only able to bat until 183 off 187 balls before hurting himself and retiring. After the fourth wicket fell, he returned to the batting position and proceeded to add another 100 runs to his total.

Jadhav’s time in the middle was finally put to an end by Riyan Parag after he was caught by backup fielder Subham Mandal.

After his outstanding 2013–14 Ranji Trophy season, this was Jadhav’s first century in Maiden Class cricket since 2018. It was also his first double century. Jadhav subsequently became the season’s top run-getter after amassing an astounding 1223 runs in 17 innings.

Jadhav’s 327 against Uttar Pradesh during the 2012–13 season remains his best First Class cricket score.

Jadhav, who had been listed with a base price of 1 crore, could not, however, find a buyer at the IPL 2023 mini-auction. In 2021, he played against Punjab Kings in his first IPL game. Apart from making 93 IPL appearances, Jadhav has featured in 73 ODIs and 9 T20Is and is also the only Indian cricketer to have a 40-plus average and 100-plus strike rate in ODIs (min. 1000 runs).