Ranji Trophy: Gujarat's Samit Gohel creates world record with 359 not out

Jaipur, Dec 27: Gujarat's opening batsman Samit Gohel today (December 27) created history by scoring a world record 359 not out against Odisha in a Ranji Trophy quarter-final match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here.

Match scorecard

On Tuesday, the 26-year-old right-handed batsman registered the highest ever unbeaten score by an opening batsman in first-class cricket history. Gohel scored 359 not out off 723 balls with 45 fours and 1 six.

Ranji Trophy: Gujarat's Samit Gohel creates world record with 359 not out

According to noted cricket statistician Mohandas Menon, Gohel's 359 not out is the highest by an opener in first-class cricket while carrying the bat through the innings.

"WORLD RECORD! Samit Gohel's 359* is the highest indv score by an opening bat while carrying his bat thro' the inns in first-class cricket!," Menon tweeted.

Gohel was dismissed for just 4 runs in the first innings but made an huge impact in the second essay by scoring his maiden triple ton. Overall this was 5th triple hundred in this year's Ranji Trophy.

Gohel batted on 3 days of the match. He was 110 not out after 3rd day's (December 25) play while he was undefeated on 261 yesterday (December 26).

Gohel is only the 4th batsman in first-class history to carry the bat after scoring a triple ton. The last instance came 81 years ago, according to Menon.

Prior to this match, Gohel's highest score in first-class cricket was 104. He had hit 2 centuries in 27 matches.

Thanks to Gohel's mammoth knock on the 5th and final day of the last-8 encounter, Gujarat amassed 641 all out in 227.4 overs. Having taken a 64-run first innings lead, they entered the semi-finals. The match ended in a draw.

Recently, Karun Nair had hit a triple hundred (303 not out) against England in the fifth and final Test of the series in Chennai. India won the match.

Brief scores

Gujarat 263 and 641 (Samit Gohel 359 not out) drew with Odisha 199 and 81/1. Match drawn. Gujarat entered semi-finals on first innings lead.

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Story first published: Tuesday, December 27, 2016, 15:45 [IST]
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