This season, the Ranji Trophy witnessed a grand record of a top first class score. In the match for semi's berth, Gujarat batsman Samit Gohel scored 359 remaining unbeaten in the first inning. The quarter final match was against Odisha, where Gujarat shot up their first inning score to 641. It is the highest score by the team in first class tournaments. Gohel became a top ever scorer to remain unbeaten in first class cricket history of the world. He broke the 117 years old record of Bobby Abel, who scored 357 remaining unbeaten in a country match in England. It was back in 1899, when Abel scored for his team, Surrey, against Somerset in Kensington Oval Ground. Now, with Gohel's record, the Jaipur Stadium has turned into a similar iconic landmark.
In first class game, Don Bradman scored 452 for New South Wales. He batted against Queensland the match at SCG back in 1930. It is the only score that precedes that of Gohel's in a second inning of first class game. In Ranji's history, Hanif Mohammed is the top scorer with 499 runs, however, he could not remain unbeaten as Gohel, which keeps the latter apart in the record. The Gujarat opener played 723 balls in the inning and smashed 45 fours and a six. The player was not aware of his record knock as his idea as to play as long as possible. In the after-match interview, he expressed that the coach, Vijay Patel and the Captain, Parthiv Patel directed him to play in an extended stretch.
Son of a real estate property dealer, Samit Gohel said that he has only concentrated in the game so far. He cited Parthiv Patel and Priyank Panchal as the inspirations for the team, including him. He reminded himself what his early childhood coach told about temperament being the key in first class cricket. Earlier in the tournament, Gujarat batsman Priyank Panchal smashed 314. It was the previous highest score of the season. The player further added that the inning was slow as Odisha put most of their players near the boundary by the end of the day.
Coach Vijay Patel said that Samit is a defensive batsman, but is increasing his strike gradually. The coach also applauded his concentration to play 723 balls at a stretch. The player was among the key figures to put his team, Gujarat, into the semi-finals of the tournament. So far, there has been five triple centuries in this Ranji season. The figure, which is the aggregate of all such instances in previous seasons, proves the increasing competence of players in the domestic circuit.
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