Milind Kumar is the second fastest and scores 1,000 Ranji runs in a season

MUMBAI: Former Delhi batsman Milind Kumar on Friday became the second fastest batsman to score 1,000 runs (in nine innings) in a Ranji Trophy season after Rusi Modi (1944/45 in 7 innings) when cracked his fourth ton for Sikkim, who ended the day at 321 for nine.

Overall, Kumar, the top run-scorer by far in the Ranji Trophy this season, piling on 1,047 runs in merely five Ranji games this season, at an average of 127.12 and a superb strike rate of 88.66, with a highest score of 261. He has also hit the maximum number of sixes (14) and fours (41). Incredible figures indeed.

On Friday, the middle-order batsman cracked 136 off 139 balls against Mizoram. He began the season by slamming two back to back double hundreds- 261 against Manipur at the Jadhavpur University Grounds in Kolkata, followed by 224 against Nagaland. He then hit his third ton on the track when he scored 133 against Uttarakhand. He failed to score much against Bihar (13 & 13), but returned to form by stroking 96 & 77 not out against Puducherry.

Kumar narrowly missed out on Modi's record. He now shares the second-fastest to the 1,000-run landmark in a Ranji Trophy season with former Tamil Nadu batsmen WV Raman and Sridharan Sriram. Raman achieved the feat in the 1988-89 season, while Sriram did it in 1999-2000.

Hurt at being sidelined by the Delhi selectors, Kumar has made bowlers in the Plate Group pay for his pain.

He has taken 10 wickets with his part-time bowling. Kumar has been a part of the Delhi Daredevils team too.

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