Samit Gohel Breaks 117 year Old Record

IAS Prelims 2023

Gujarat’s Samit Gohel made history by scoring 359 runs in the Ranji Trophy encounter against Odisha at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.

Gohel’s unbeaten 359 in his team’s 641 is the the highest unbeaten score by an opening batsman in first-class cricket. Gohel achieved the feat in 723 balls.

He smashed 45 fours and a six in his innings. Gohel, who is the first opener to remain unbeaten after crossing the 300-run-mark in 81 years in first class cricket, is also the fifth triple centurion in this Ranji season.

Gohel’s innings surpassed the previous highest total of 357 scored by county cricket legend Bobby Abel back in 1899. This is also the second time that a Gujarat batsman has scored a triple ton after Priyank Panchal’s knock in November 2016.