He scored an unbeaten 443 runs in a single innings, but was deprived of notching up the world record by 10 runs because of one of the most unsporting decisions in the history of Indian cricket.
Nimbalkar scored 11 centuries in first-class cricket, but the much-awaited Test call to represent the country never came. Those who saw him play were of the opinion that he really deserved a place in the Indian team.
A fantastic player in every sense, Nimbalkar was a gentleman cricketer and a man of few words. "I am 81-years-old now, but I still remember everything about that match." The following is an excerpt of the interview.
How did you feel after scoring 443 runs?
I was very happy after achieving the feat. I wanted to break Sir Don Bradman's record which was just 10 runs away. But all of a sudden, the Kathiawar team decided to walk off and I could not bat further.
What exactly happened in that game?
I am 81-years-old now, but I still remember everything about that match. Kathiawar made 238 in the first innings and we batted on the second day. I was going great-guns and was 302 not out at the end of day's play.
The next day, I scored another 141 runs to take my score to 443. In the process, we took the team's score to 912 runs which was the highest score by Holkar in the Ranji Trophy.
At this point of time, all of a sudden, the skipper of the Kathiawar team decided to walk out of the ground. The skipper felt that the name of the Kathiawar team would figure in the record books for wrong reasons.
Officials and others appealed to the skipper to resume play for at least two overs. But it was rejected and Kathiawar team left the ground. I was left stranded in the middle of the ground.