Ranji Trophy: Gujarat opener Samit Gohel scripts world's highest unbeaten innings

Published: 27 December, 2016 19:01 IST | Agencies |

Gujarat's 26-year-old opening batsman Samit Gohel on Tuesday broke a 117-year-old record in first-class cricket by notching up the highest score while carrying his bat through the innings of 359 not out during his team's Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Odisha

Jaipur: Gujarat's Samit Gohel crafted a world record in first-class cricket for an opener, knocking off 359 not out against Odisha in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final on Tuesday. This is the highest score by an opener anywhere, remaining unbeaten.

During his 723-ball marathon innings, the 26-year-old right-hander eclipsed English batsman Bobby Abel's record of 357 not out for Surrey against Somerset in 1899.

Samit's record-breaking 359 saw Gujarat breeze into the Ranji Trophy semifinals on the basis of a first innings lead against Odisha. Gujarat, who had all but ensured their spot in the semifinals going into day five, ended with a mammoth 641 in their second innings after resuming the day at 514 for eight. The huge total was largely because of the giant effort of Gohel, who broke a 117-year-old record in First-Class cricket by making the highest score while carrying his bat through the innings of 359 not out. Gujarat meet first-timers Jharkhand in the semifinal to be played in Nagpur from January 1-5.

With final outcome of the quarterfinal on expected lines, the day was all about the staggering feat of Gohel, who remained unbeaten after consuming 723 balls. He had started the day alongside Hardik Patel with Gujarat at 514 for eight. The pair added five more to their 61-run stand before Hardik got retired hut. Gohel then forged a fifty run stand with number 11 Jasprit Bumrah before Hardik got back in the middle to add another 72 runs with the record breaker. It was a rather unusual innings from Hardik, who took 174 balls to make 18. He was also the last man to get out.

The match was headed for a draw but Odisha came out to bat for 22 overs. After losing their captain Govind Poddar early, Ranjit Singh and Subhranshu Senapati (59 not out off 58 balls) batted well for a 75-run partnership.

Brief scores:
Gujarat 263 and 641 in 227.4 overs (Gohel 359 not out; Dhiraj Singh 6/147). Odisha 199 and 81/1 in 22 overs.
Result: Match drawn with Gujarat entering semifinals on first innings lead).

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