The Ranji Trophy, India’s premier First-Class competition, has witnessed some fine batting performances through the years, with many players getting their names in the record books.

In the longer format of cricket, batters that can sustain their stay on the crease while adding big runs to the total are worth their weight in gold.

BB Nimbalkar was one such player, who scored 443 runs, to set the record for the highest individual score in Ranji Trophy. Here are the other big scores of the elite tournament.

Highest individual score in Ranji Trophy

Player

Score

For

Against

Year

BB Nimbalkar

443*

Maharashtra

Saurashtra

1948/49

Prithvi Shaw

379

Mumbai

Assam

2022/23

Sanjay Manjrekar

377

Bombay

Hyderabad

1990/91

MV Sridhar

366

Hyderabad

Andhra

1993/94

Vijay Merchant

359*

Bombay

Maharashtra

1943/44

Samit Goel

359*

Gujarat

Odisha

2016/17

VVS Laxman

353

Hyderabad

Karnataka

1999/00

Cheteshwar Pujara

352

Saurashtra

Karnataka

2012/13

Swapnil Gugale

351

Maharashtra

Delhi

2016/17

Puneet Bisht

343

Meghalaya

Sikkim

2018/19

Bhausaheb Babasaheb Nimbalkar (Maharashtra) - 443* vs Saurashtra | 1948/49

At a time when big scores in Ranji Trophy were an everyday thing, Maharashtra’s Bhausaheb Babasaheb Nimbalkar rewrote history books with his glorious batting.

Playing against Kathiawar in December 1948, Nimbalkar came to the crease at 81/1 and batted for three days without much challenge from the opposition, taking Maharashtra to 826/4. 

When Kathiwar took tea on the third day, their players demanded Maharashtra to declare the innings or else they would not continue playing. The innings was not declared and Kathiawar forfeited the match.

Nonetheless, Nimbalkar remained unbeaten on 443 - nine runs short of Donald Bradman’s record - and hit 49 fours and six in his marathon effort.

Sanjay Manjrekar (Bombay) - 377 vs Hyderabad | 1990-91

Batting first, Bombay’s captain Sanjay Manjrekar took on Hyderabad from the get-go at the Wankhede Stadium. The right-hander came to the crease when the home side was down 5/1 and soon went to 30/2.

However, the joy for Hyderabad was short-lived as Manjrekar and Dilip Vengsarkar battered the visitors for two days. While Manjrekar racked up 377 runs in 473 balls, spending 666 minutes on the crease. His innings included 50 fours and five maximums.

Along with Manjrekar’s heroic batting, Dilip Vengsarkar (121) and Vinod Kambli (126) helped Bombay put up 855/6 on the board before declaring.

However, Hyderabad also responded with aplomb and the match ended in a draw.

MV Sridhar (Hyderabad) - 366 vs Andhra | 1993-94

Chasing Andhra’s meagre 263 in the first innings, MV Sridhar played out an unabating inning for Hyderabad, amassing 366 runs in 523 deliveries.

When Sridhar came out to bat, Hyderabad were 30/1. When Sridhar went back to the dugout, his team was at 880/5. A whopping 850 runs were added during Sridhar’s stay in the middle.

Hyderabad declared their innings at 944/6, with a lead of 681 runs. Vivek Jaisimha (211) and Noel David (207*) were the other centurions in the first innings.

The match, however, ended in a stalemate.

 

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