Following a prolific school career, during which he scored 400 not out in one innings as a 15 year old, he made his entry into the first class cricket scoring a triple century in his second match. His innings of 314 not out helped set a series of firsts for Mumbai. It was the first occasion that a batsman had made a triple century for Mumbai away from home and by putting on 459 runs with his opening partner Sulakshan Kulkarni the pair became the first from Mumbai to pass 400.
An opening batsman, with the style of Mohammed Azharuddin, much was expected of Jaffer as he entered Test cricket for the first time in a home series against South Africa in 2000. An experienced bowling duo in Shaun Pollock and Allan Donald would however prove too difficult for Jaffer to cope with, and he managed just 46 runs from his four innings. He would not start another international match for some time, eventually returning in May 2002 for a tour of the West Indies. Jaffer had a respectable series, making 51 in Bridgetown and 86 at Antigua. He had done enough to be included in the Indian squad for their tour of England that coming summer but despite a half century at Lord's he struggled in his other innings and was dropped after two Tests.
Jaffer was recalled to the Test team for the tour of Pakistan 2005-06 in the wake of excellent domestic form, but did not play in the Test matches. It was in the next series in India that Jaffer scored his maiden Test century scoring exactly 100 against England at Nagpur, in his first Test since his recall.
He made his first Test double century at the Antigua Recreation Ground against the West Indies in June 2006.His 212 was made in over 500 minutes during the second innings was the equal second highest by an Indian batsman in the Caribbean.
Jaffer was selected for ODI series in November 2006 against South Africa, making his ODI debut. However, Jaffer was unproductive and was immediately dropped from the ODI team. However, he continued to score in the Test format, making his third Test century against South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town.
Despite making a pair in the opening Test of his next series against Bangladesh at Chittagong, he returned to form with 138 in the following Test before he retired hurt.
Although yet to play county cricket, Jaffer has represented Scholes CC in the Huddersfield Drakes League for a number of seasons as their overseas player.
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