In the recent opening match of the Ranji Trophy, Vaibhav Suryavanshi of Bihar created history by becoming one of the youngest players to make his debut in first-class cricket. At the age of 12 years and 284 days, Suryavanshi now holds the distinction of being the fourth-youngest Indian to achieve this milestone. The record for the youngest debutant is still held by Alimuddin, who accomplished this feat at the age of 12 years and 73 days during the 1942–43 season. Following closely is Bihar’s SK Bose, who made his debut at the age of 12 years and 76 days in the 1959–60 season.
Nevertheless, Suryavanshi’s notable accomplishment has not been devoid of controversy. An old video that emerged on social media from the previous year shows the cricketer mentioning his birthday as September 27th, with the expectation of turning 14 in 2023.
Contrary to this, official documents indicate his birth on March 27, 2011, revealing that he was 12 at the time of his debut match. Following his debut, Suryavanshi rectified the discrepancy by acknowledging his correct birth year as 2011, thereby addressing the confusion.