Gujarat's Gohel carries bat for record score


Samit Gohel made history in the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals on Tuesday, as he ended Gujarat's second innings against Odisha on 359 not out - the highest first-class score by an opener carrying his bat through an innings.

The great Brian Lara holds the record for the most substantial individual innings, having famously complied 501 not out for Warwickshire versus Durham in 1994.

However, Gohel's mammoth knock represents a record unbeaten score by an opener in a completed first-class innings, surpassing the previous best of 357 not out by Bobby Abel for Surrey against Somerset in 1899.

Gohel, whose previous highest score in 45 first-class innings was 104, struck 45 fours and one six during his 723-ball stay at the crease, which spanned three days and helped Gujarat to 641 all out.

Gujarat and Odisha had struggled for first-innings runs, making 263 and 199 all out respectively with Gohel contributing just four to his side's initial total.