Gujarat’s Gohel breaks 117-year-old record

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Jaipur : Gujarat’s 26-year-old opening batsman Samit Gohel has entered his name in the record books. The right handed batsman 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.

While Pakistan’s Hanif Mohammed’s epic 499 remains the highest score by an opener in first-class cricket, no one has scored more than Gohel while carrying his bat.

Gohel in fact eclipsed the previous best of 357 by Surrey’s Bobby Abel against Somerset way back in 1899 at the Kensington Oval ground.

Gohel’s 723-ball-knock had 45 boundaries and a six.  While the match was dead as a contest on final day but nothing can take away from his effort.

On the basis of first innings led, Gujarat has qualified for the semi-finals.