Swapnil Gugale and Ankit Bawne created history at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday after the duo put together 594 runs for Maharashtra in what is the highest stand for any wicket in a Ranji Trophy match. To add value to that accolade, it is also the highest partnership in first-class cricket.
Gugale came in as an opener in his first match as skipper for Maharashtra and delivered the goods with the bat. His partnership with No 4 Bawne of 594 runs beats the previous record of 577 that goes back to 1946-47 between Vijay Hazare and Gul Mohammed for Baroda v Holkar.
“Still feeling bad about missing the world record, but what we achieved for Maharashtra & first class cricket in India, it’s a proud moment,” said Ankit Bawne after the day’s play.
However, the duo missed out on the overall record – including international cricket – held by Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene of 624 runs. The legendary Lankan duo had scored the record stand against South Africa.
Prior to this, the biggest stand in domestic cricket came between Rafatullah Mohmand and Aamer Sajjad in the Pakistan domestic cricket where the duo put together 580 runs. Their long-standing record came for WAPDA against Sui Southern Gas Corporation.
Gugale declared the innings at 635/2 with both the batsmen unbeaten at the crease. When Maharashtra chose to declare, Gugale was not out at 351 and Bawne at 258. These also happen to be the best individual scores for both players.
Incidentally, he later proclaimed that he wasn’t aware of the record and may not have declared with the overall record just 30 runs away.