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Swapnil Gugale says he wasn't aware of the all-time record

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Swapnil Gugale and Ankit Bawne missed out on the world record by just 30 runs

Swapnil Gugale talks about being close to the record

Day two of the second of matches in the Ranji Trophy saw quite a few records broken. However, the one that stood tall among all was the record-run partnership between Swapnil Gugale and Ankit Bawne.

The duo from Maharashtra added 594 runs for the third-wicket stand before the stand-in captain of Maharashtra, Gugale decided to declare the innings at 635 for 2 against Delhi in the Wankhede stadium.

The batsmen from Maharashtra were just 30 runs short of breaking Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene's record of highest partnership in all first-class cricket.

Also read: Sangakkara and Jayawardene- The twin towers of Sri Lanka

However, Gugale said that he was unaware of the record and realised it only after getting back to the dressing room. Speaking at a press conference, he said:

"I had nearly 100 missed calls and 200 messages.  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."

Jayawardene and Sangakkara had registered the record for highest partnership for any wicket in Tests against the South Africans in 2006. The Sri Lankan duo made a mammoth 624 run partnership.

The Gugale-Ankit partnership is the highest in the Ranji Trophy history, They surpassed the 577 runs stand between Vijay Hazare and Gul Mohammad against Baroda in 1946-47 final.

Also read: Maharashtra's Gugale, Bawne script highest partnership in Ranji history

Gugale scored 351 runs off 521 balls with 37 fours and 5 sixes while Ankit made 258 facing 500 balls with 18 fours and 2 sixes.

Speaking about the Delhi team, Gugale said that their bowlers couldn't do much because the pitch wasn't assisting them. He said:

"The Delhi team asked us, 'aren't you bored? We are bored of bowling to you guys.' I said, 'who gets bored of batting?'"

Gugale was pretty happy with the surface and said that it was a batting paradise. He was quoted by ESPNCricinfo as saying:

"If you can see off the new ball, batting is a lot easier. If we could bat 170 odd overs, I'm sure we have to be prepared to bowl at least 120 overs. That said, scorecard pressure is a different thing.

As a batsman, noticing 600 runs on the scoreboard, it is always in the back of your mind. Even if you are playing, you obviously have to score at a proper rate and that's not easy on this track. It is a third-day track, you never know when the ball might spin or bounce."

Gugale became only the fourth batsman from Maharashtra to score a triple hundred in first class cricket. The other three are Vijay Hazare, BB Nimbhalkar and Kedar Jadhav.


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