Gujarat opener, Samit Gohel beat the 117-year-old record for the highest score by an opener carrying his bat in first-class cricket and ensured his team’s safe passage into the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy.
In the year of 1899, Surrey’s Bobby Abel scored 357* against Somerset. Until Tuesday, his record stood rock solid but then Gohel scored 359* against Odisha in the quarter-finals of the Ranji Torphy, India’s top domestic competition.
Though, Hanif Mohammed’s epic 499 remains the highest score by an opener in first-class cricket. But, no one has scored more than Gohel while remaining not out in his team’s score of 641 here. Gohel’s 723-ball-knock had 45 boundaries and a six but the shy boy from Gujarat’s dairy hub Anand was very unassuming. While the match was dead as a contest on final day but nothing can take away from his effort.
The right handed batsman told PTI, “I did not know it was a World Record. The idea was to bat as long as possible. Coach sir (Vijay Patel) and Parthiv bhai (skipper Parthiv Patel) ne bola thaa lamba khelo. I just tried to do that. I am happy that I could bat this long. Obviously this is the greatest day of my life. I am actually still not able to express myself.”
His father Bhanubhai Patel is a real estate property dealer and till now Gohel is happy to call himself a “professional cricketer”. He said, “My father has a small-time property business. Not very big. Till date, I have only concentrated on cricket. But yes, I am searching for a government job. I have applied for sports quota job in Income Tax department as well as Dena Bank. Let’s see what happens.”