In a cricketing spectacle that caught everyone’s attention, Bihar Cricketer Vaibhav Suryavanshi made his debut in the Ranji Trophy at the tender age of 12 years and 284 days on January 5, 2024. This landmark achievement not only positioned him as the fourth youngest Indian ever to make a First-Class debut but also marked him as the youngest in the 21st century to achieve this feat.
The buzz surrounding Bihar Cricketer Vaibhav Suryavanshi took an unexpected turn when allegations of age fraud surfaced on social media, particularly on X (formerly known as Twitter). A video from the previous year emerged, wherein Vaibhav himself mentioned that he would turn 14 in September 2023. This raised eyebrows, leading to a closer examination of his age.
Statement of Bihar Cricketer Vaibhav Suryavanshi about his age:
Contrary to the claims in the video, Vaibhav Suryavanshi’s official date of birth certificate, uploaded on X by a senior sports journalist, states that he was born on March 27, 2011. The certificate, issued by the Registrar (Birth and Death) of Gram Panchayat, Tajpur, in Samastipur District of Bihar in 2019, disputes the age discrepancy highlighted in the video.
The controversy gains further gravity considering Bihar Cricketer Vaibhav Suryavanshi’s representation of India’s U-19 B team in a quadrangular series involving Under-19 teams from England and Bangladesh in November 2023. Given the stringent verification process by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for such tournaments, the age fraud allegations against Vaibhav are becoming increasingly serious. According to reputable cricket sources such as ESPNCricinfo and Cricbuzz, Vaibhav’s age is officially recorded as 12 years and 284 days.
Bihar Cricketer Vaibhav Suryavanshi’s journey to the Ranji Trophy began with his recognition as a cricketing prodigy in Bihar. His viral video showcasing incredible shots and boasting an impressive record of 40 centuries and two double centuries in matches until April 2023 earned him a spot in the Bihar U-19 team for the 2022-23 Vinoo Mankad Trophy. During this tournament, Vaibhav demonstrated his prowess by accumulating 393 runs in five matches at an average of 78.60 and a striking rate of 109.16, including a century and three fifties.
Despite his initial success, Vaibhav faced a setback in the India U-19 B team, scoring only 177 runs in six matches with two fifties to his name. This performance resulted in him missing out on a spot in the India U-19 team for the U-19 World Cup 2024. Nevertheless, it was after this disappointment that Vaibhav made a historic First-Class debut for Bihar in the Ranji Trophy.
As the cricketing community closely monitors Vaibhav Suryavanshi’s journey, the age fraud allegations add an unexpected layer of complexity to the promising cricketer’s evolving story.