Ajay Rohera scored 267 not out on his first class debut setting a new cricket world record for the highest-ever score on debut in first class cricket @ TV grab
Ajay Rohera scored 267 not out on his first class debut setting a new cricket world record for the highest-ever score on debut in first class cricket @ TV grab

Madhya Pradesh’s 21-year-old opener Ajay Rohera scored 267 not out on his first-class debut against Hyderabad on day three of round five of Ranji Trophy 2018-19, thus setting a new cricket world record for the highest-ever score on debut in first-class cricket. He eclipsed domestic giant Amol Mazumdar’s score for 260 set on February 12, 1994 in the Ranji Trophy pre-quarters against Haryana.

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Rohera, making his senior team debut in Ranji Trophy, after playing two List A games, scored his runs at quick pace maintaining a strike-rate of 77.39 and hit 21 fours and five sixes. He remained unbeaten on 255 on day two and early on day three, went past Mazumdar’s record.

Soon after, Madhya Pradesh declared their innings at 562/4 with Rohera on 267 unbeaten and Yash Dubey not out on 139, taking a lead of 438 runs over Hyderabad, who were shot down for 124 in their first innings.

In the CK Nayudu Trophy 2018-18, BCCI’s under-23 competition, Rohera has scored 431 runs in five matches at an average of 61.57.

Interestingly, Mayank Raghav of Manipur, outstation player from Delhi, scored 228 on his first-class debut a day earlier.

Most runs on first-class debut:

Player

Runs

Team

Opposition

Place

Year

Ajay Rohera

267*

Madhya Pradesh

Hyderabad

Indore

2018-19

Amol Mazumdar

260

Bombay

Haryana

Faridabad

1993-94

Baheer

256*

Speen Ghar Region

Amo Region

Amanullah

2017-18

Eric Max

240

Transvaal

Griqualand

Johannesberg

1920-21

Sam Loxton

232*

Victoria

Queensland

Melbourne

1946-47

Gundappa Viswanath

230

Mysore

Andhra

Vijaywada

1967-68

Mayank Raghav

228

Manipur

Nagaland

Sovima

2018-19

Tom Marsden

227

Sheffield & Leicester

Nottingham

Sheffield

1826

Hubert Doggart

215*

Cambridge University

Lancashire

Cambridge

1948

Jiwanjot Singh

213

Punjab

Hyderabad

Mohali

2012-13