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Former India first-class player Nimbalkar dies

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 11, 2012

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Bhausaheb Nimbalkar, who created history in 1948-49 by scoring the highest individual score in the Ranji Trophy, 443 not out, has died at his residence in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, on Tuesday. Nimbalkar was a day short of his 93rd birthday.

Sixty-four years ago, in December 1948-49, Nimbalkar delivered that record-breaking knock for Maharashtra against Kathiawar at the Poona Club. His 443 is still the highest Ranji Trophy score and the top first-class innings by an Indian, and it sits fourth on the list of highest scores in all first-class cricket.

In all, Nimbalkar played 80 first-class games between 1939 and 1965. Though he didn't don the India whites in an official Test, he once represented India against the Commonwealth team and scored 48.

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Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

Another great player who couldnt play for India due to cricket politics.. It was then, now and will always remain & have some more talented cricketers die in oblivion. RIP Bhau Nimbalkar

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

Sir Bradman quoted his innings the most desireably unique while watching the latter's 443 against Kathiawad in 1948 Ranji season.

Posted by Dr.DeepakPatil on (December 12, 2012, 2:33 GMT)

A great batsman who could not represent India in official Tests for whatever reasons... #Respect... RIP Bhausaheb.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 22:52 GMT)

Nimbalkar received a letter from none other than Don Bradman after the mammoth innings of 443. He will be missed but his record lives on.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

Today after trailing 2-1 in current home series against England , Indian team is in desperate need to have eleone committed players like Unsung Hero NIMBALKAR in the side , who can do or die for the counrty s Honour .

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

Another cricketer of the pre independence days is no more. Very unfortunate he could not play for India in official tests despite his outstanding performances in first class cricket. May the departed soul rest inpeace

Posted by ovzdatta151 on (December 11, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

RIP....................................................:(

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

RIP Bhausaheb Nimbalkar Great Batsman of Maharashtra.

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