Samit Gohel, the Ranji player from Gujarat, who scored 359 not out runs in Ranji Trophy quarterfinal in Jaipur, Rajasthan, has broken the 117-year-old record in first-class cricket. He was able to create the world record with 45 boundaries and one six in 723 balls.
Samit remained not out in his team’s score of 641, which was the highest first-class score for team Gujarat. With this score, Gujarat was able to enter into the semi-final of the Ranji Trophy. It defeated the Ranji team of Odisha.
One of his teammates Priyank Panchal has been the top scorer in this season's Ranji Trophy.
Samit, 26, registered the highest first-class 359 while carrying the bat in a match against Odisha at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium. With his score, he also broke the first-class record held by an Englishman, Bobby Abel. Surrey’s Bobby Abel scored 357 against Somerset way back in 1899 at the Oval.
While Hanif Mohammed’s score of 499 remains the highest score by an opener in first-class cricket.
Some records created while scoring 359 carrying one's bat includes
• Highest score carrying the bat in first-class cricket
• Highest second-innings score in first-class cricket
• Longest innings by minutes in first-class cricket
• Joint 4th highest score of the Ranji Trophy
• He is an opening batsman of Gujarat team.
• He is a government job seeker and has applied for sports quota job in Dena bank as well as Income Tax department.
• He is also the first triple centurion opener in last 81 years in the first class cricket.
Carrying the bat
In cricket, the term carries one’s bat or carrying the bat refers to an opening batsman who remains not out when the team innings is closed. The term is generally used in the case, where all the 10 wickets have fallen.