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Jagadeesan record 277 helps TN tear up record books | Cricket

In a record breaking match in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, N Jagadeesan of Tamil Nadu hit 277 (141 balls) against Arunachal Pradesh at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Monday to record the highest individual score in List A cricket while becoming the first batsman in history to score five consecutive List A centuries.

The previous highest individual score in Men’s List A cricket was 268 by Alistair Brown against Glamorgan in 2002. In Indian domestic cricket, Prithvi Shaw’s unbeaten 227 against Puducherry in 2021 was the highest score. As for most centuries in a row, three batters had four centuries in a row: Kumar Sangakkara in 2014-2015, Alviro Petersen in 2015-16 and Devdutt Padikkal in 2020-21.

While the opening batsman’s double hundred came against an inexperienced Arunachal Pradesh strike, his previous four hundred in the tournament were against seasoned teams: Andhra (114*), Chhattisgarh (107), Goa (168) and Haryana (128).

“I had no idea I had broken the record (highest list A score). After I got out, I got to know it. I was more focused on the process. I believe in the process. A positive vibe. Find the positive vibe. About my routines. It doesn’t matter if I get a 100 or a 200,” said 26-year-old Jagadeesan after playing the day.

Having scored a hundred (123) six seasons ago in his Ranji Trophy debut, against Madhya Pradesh, it has taken time for Jagadeesan to put in an impressive display like this one, making everyone sit up and take notice. Only last week did he have the disappointment of being released by IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings where he spent four years mainly to warm up the bench.

‘I can’t control that. It was their (CSK) choice and not mine. It doesn’t change the way I play. I try to stay in the present as much as possible. It doesn’t matter if I get selected or not. I have the mindset that if I don’t get elected I will spend the next two or three months working on myself to become a better cricketer,” said Jagdeesan, adding that it was an eye-opener: “Since then I haven’t thought about the results yet. I put pressure on myself for that. I wanted to score points. Somewhere along that path I forgot to enjoy myself. Now I am learning how to do that again.”

In the running Vijay Hazare trophy, Jagadeesan is the top scorer with 799 runs in six matches at an average of 159.80. It is an impressive turnaround after a mediocre Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy where he only managed to score 118 runs in six innings with a batting frequency of 129.50.

Speaking about what helped him take his game to the next level, he said: “Overall it all comes down to preparation and how I approach each game. The most important thing for me was to be on the ground with the same attitude every game, whether you score points or not.”

It was a hectic day for the scorers and the statisticians. Among the many records broken, Tamil Nadu (506 for 2) was the first team to score more than 500 runs in List A men’s cricket and the margin of 435 wins based on runs is also the biggest win in terms of runs in list A for men cricket.

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