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Meet Ashutosh Aman, The Bowler From Bihar Who Broke Bishan Singh Bedi's 44-YO Ranji Record

The 44-year-old record for taking the most number of wickets during a single Ranji Trophy season, which resided in the name of former Delhi captain and Indian cricketer, Bishan Singh Bedi, was broken by Bihar's Ashutosh Aman when he sent Manipur's Sagatpam Singh packing to the locker room with an lbw.

This wicket was Aman's 65th, which was one more than Bedi's record of 64 outs that he had achieved during the 1974-74 season after moving to Delhi in 1968.

Bihar's left arm spinner Ashutosh Aman now has 65 wickets this #RanjiTrophy season. This is now the most by any bowler in a season surpassing the previous record of 64 wickets of Bishan Singh Bedi in 1974-75.

— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 9, 2019

But, who is Ashutosh Aman?

Born in 1986, Aman is an Air Force employee hailing from the holy city of Gaya, Bihar. The 32-year-old made a bold decision to begin playing domestic cricket for his home state before the 2018-19 season.

After making his List A debut in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2018, Aman made his first first-class cricket appearance in 2018-19 Ranji Trophy season against Uttarakhand in Dehradun on 1st November 2018 with a brilliant 4-wicket performance and being the most economical bowler for Bihar with a 1.62 average.

While tallying impressive 5-wicket hauls in both the innings against Sikkim in only his third Ranji match, he put the critics on notice with yet another quality performance against Nagaland with seven and five scalps in the first and second innings respectively.

Aman eventually became one of the fastest bowlers to bag 50 wickets in the history of domestic cricket.

"When I had around 50 wickets, that's when my teammates told me that there's a record that's there to be broken," Aman told ESPNcricinfo. "That's when I pushed myself. I told myself that since I've come so close, then if I put some extra effort, then I could perhaps break the record."

Playing since he was a teenager, Aman had been struggling to get opportunities to participate in first-class cricket which was something he dreamt since forever. 

After a very successful Vijay Hazare Trophy run, Aman finally got a call to play for Bihar in Ranji under the captaincy of Pragyan Ojha, who just like Aman, is a left-arm spinner and guided the debutant throughout the season.

"Pragyan Ojha bhaiya is a simple and reachable man," Aman expressed to ESPNcricinfo. "He's an India player, such a big name, so we remained slightly shy. But he's a professional, talks to everyone daily, and now we've come together very well.

Despite Bihar not making it to the quarter-finals, Ashutosh Aman's record of 68 wickets is one of the greatest individual achievements anyone could attain in domestic cricket and will be a highlight for the state's 2018-19 journey.

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