Ladies and gentlemen, cricketing history has been made at the Wankhede stadium!
Maharashtra's pair of Swapnil Gugale and Ankit Bawne stitched together a 594-run partnership for the 3rd wicket against Delhi on Friday. This is the highest partnership in the history of the Ranji Trophy.
Maharashtra 635/2d (from 41/2)
Stand btw Swapnil Gugale 351* & Ankit Bawne 258* - 594* runsvs Delhi @ Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai#RanjiTrophy— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 14, 2016
The pair broke a 60-year-old record in the country's oldest and most prestigious domestic cricket competition.
Gugale-Bawane partnership is now the biggest in the history of Ranji Trophy, beating 577 b/w Hazare and Gul Mohd in final of Ranji 1946/47— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) October 14, 2016
Maharashtra captain Gugale opened the innings and made a splendid 351* with Bawne reaching 258*. The latter came to bat at number four with the score reading 41 for 2 in their second round fixture against Delhi.
There is a little bit of a downer though. The duo could easily have created a new world record for the highest-ever partnership in first class cricket, but Gugale declared 30 runs short of the mark set by Kumar Sanagakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.
Maharashtra declare their innings at 635/2.
Gugale-Bawane (594*) miss breaking Sanga-Jaya's 624 run stand, which is the highest in FC.— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) October 14, 2016
Declaration stops history! Maharashtra declare leaving Gugale & Bawne 30 short of setting new partnership record. Have to settle for 594* pic.twitter.com/zxVYOBbKvc— Test Match Special (@bbctms) October 14, 2016
Whether that was an intentional call to put the team before records or if the duo did not know they were close to the world record remains to be seen.
UPDATE: Speaking to ESPNCricinfo after the partnership, Gugale indeed confessed that he was not aware how close they were to a world record! "I had nearly 100 missed calls and 200 messages," he told the website. "It was only as I went through them one by one did I realise we were 30-odd short of the world-record partnership in first-class cricket. So there's a tinge of regret. Maybe I could have declared after the record, but the decision was mine alone so I can't complain."
But what is indisputable is that this record is going to take some beating!
Well played, guys.
Featured image: PTI