Gogumal Kishenchand Harisinghani studied in the Model High School in Karachi (Pakistan). There, he was elected as the best school-boy cricketer in Sind for the year 1939 to 1940. In that season, Gogumal Kishenchand Harisinghani hit twelve hundreds with a highest score of 175 not out. He made his debut for Sind Cricket Team at the age of 15. In his first season in the Bombay Pentangular, he hit a brilliant 75 against the Parsis and a 175 against Muslims.
Gogumal Kishenchand then migrated to the Western India States in the early 1940s, and later played for Gujarat Cricket Team, and Baroda Cricket Team (Vadodora) as well for Sind. In his second term with Sind, he captained the team in 1945 to 1946.
Gogumal Kishenchand scored 264 runs at 26.40 in his eight unofficial Tests with a highest score of 73. In the Pentangular matches, Gogumal Kishenchand scored 611 at an average of 101, with three hundreds.
His career highest first class score of 218 in the Zonal Quadrangular in 1946 to 1947 helped his selection to the tour of Sri Lanka, and Australia in 1947 to 1948.
Gogumal Kishenchand did not achieve much in the Test matches but it was off his bowling that Don Bradman completed his 100th first class century. When Bradman reached 99, in the match for an Australian XI against the Indians, the Indian captain Lala Amarnath brought Kishenchand on to bowl. It was his first try at bowling during the tour. After playing a few balls carefully, Bradman took a single past mid-on to reach his hundred. He scored a duck in each of the five Tests that he played.
Gogumal Kishenchand served the Maharaja of Baroda as a member of his staff. Later, he worked for Satyadev Chemicals in Baroda (now called Vadodara).
Gogumal Kishenchand died due to heart attack on April 16, 1997 in Vadodara. At the time of his death he was 72.
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