1930: Australian cricketer Don Bradman (1908 - 2001), perhaps the greatest batsman ever, during an England vs Australia match in Leeds. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

It is not always that we get across a story about how records were actually created in the sport of cricket decades ago.

He likes of Sir Don Bradman, Garfield Sobers and Sir Viv Richards have provided us with great moments to cherish and have set the bar for the youngsters who aspire to achieve a part of what they could in their career.

But did you know that there are many stories of players in domestic cricket that came close to these legends but were not recognized? Did you know most of them do even get a chance to prove themselves at the biggest stage?

Here is one such story from the early 20th century.

Back in the 40s and 50s, India produced one of the most prolific run scorers in domestic cricket in Bhausaheb Babasaheb Nimbalkar. Playing most of his Ranji cricket for Maharashtra, Nimbalkar was always a batsmen who would make every chance count.

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In the fag end of 1948, in a match between Maharashtra and Kathiawar, Nimbalkar achieved something that brought praise from Sir Don Bradman himself.

1930: Australian cricketer Don Bradman (1908 - 2001), perhaps the greatest batsman ever, during an England vs Australia match in Leeds. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
1930: Australian cricketer Don Bradman (1908 – 2001), perhaps the greatest batsman ever, during an England vs Australia match in Leeds. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Kathiawar started the game with the bat but were bundled out for 238 on the first day. Maharashtra, who had a strong batting line-up put on a show as Nimbalkar managed to stick around in two mammoth stands of 455 and 242.

In this game, Nimbalkar became the first Indian player (and still the only) to score a quadruple century and was in sight of one of the proudest achievements of Bradman.

Sir Don Bradman held the record for the highest individual domestic score when he managed to score 452 a few years earlier.

Nimbalkar was on his way to breaking it and when he was at 443, a tea break was taken.

However, The Kathiawar captain, Thakur Sahib of Rajkot decided that he has had enough of bowling his bowlers and came to a bizarre conclusion to continue the game.

He declared that his team will not be bowling anymore and asked the Maharashtra captain Raja Gokhale to declare. If not, they would go home.

The match officials and Raja Gokhale requested the Kathiawar captain to continue for two overs to help Nimbalkar reach his landmark but the team from Kathiawar were in no mood to take the field and decided to pack their bags and leave.

This left the Maharashtra batsman painfully close to a world record at that time. However, he got a message of congratulations from Sir Don Bradman who rated Nimbalkar’s innings higher than his own.

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But the biggest regret for the player would be the fact that he was never able to represent India at the highest stage except for an unofficial Test against the first Commonwealth team.

There are many domestic players who have the ability to do the same and lets hope that at least they get a chance to represent our country.

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