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Sharath crosses 6,000 runs

CHENNAI, DEC. 24. Sridharan Sharath became the first batsman to cross 6,000 runs in Ranji Trophy for Tamil Nadu during his second innings 32 on Thursday against host Baroda in an Elite `B' contest. Sharath now has 6018 runs in 89 matches at 56.24.

The left-hander, who made his Ranji debut against Goa in Panaji, 1992-93, also has 22 centuries and 24 fifties in the competition. His unbeaten 224 at the expense of the Delhi attack in Chennai during the 2000-2001 season remains his highest score.

According to statistician K.S. Mani, Sharath has his most number of hundreds - five - against Kerala. Labelled as the Mr. Consistent in the Tamil Nadu line-up, Sharath has made his presence felt in almost every season.

He peaked in 1999-2000 with 863 runs in ten matches at 66.38. In 1995-96, he notched up 778 runs at 86.44. This season, he has already produced three centuries for Tamil Nadu in the middle-order.

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