Gujarat opener Samit Gohel on Tuesday entered his name in the cricket record books as he amassed a monumental 359 run knock against Odisha in Ranji Trophy game and carried his bat through in the quarter-final encounter, being played in Jaipur.
The rising star Gohel reached the towering score by hitting 45 fours and a six in 723 balls in Gujarat’s second inning of the match.
Gujarat has been in a commonading position in the match right from the very start. To win the match, Odisha now requires 706 runs in its second innings against Gujarat on the 5th day of the match.
Earlier on Monday, Gohel closed the day four of the match by striking his maiden double hundred in first class cricket. Thanks to his superb performance, at the end of day 4 on Monday, Gohel’s team earned a strong 514 for eight to take their overall lead to 578.
Gohel has also become the fourth triple centurion in the history of first-class cricket to carry his bat through the innings
The 26-year old Gohel remained unbeaten on 359 as he bettered the 117-year old record. Surrey's Bobby Abel scored 357 not out against Somerset at The Oval in 1899.
Gohel's 723-ball stay at the crease saw him hitting 45 fours and a six as Gujarat were all out for 641 in their second innings and setting a mammoth target of 706 runs for Odisha on the final day.