He made 443 not out in a Ranji Trophy match ---second only to Don Bradman's 452 not out as the record first-class innings. Bradman sent a personal note to him saying that he (Bradman) considered his (Indians) innings better than his own. His score remains the highest by a cricketer not to have played a Test. Who was he?
That was Bhausaheb Nimbalkar, who score 443 n.o for Maharashtra against Kathiawar in a 1948-49 Ranji Trophy match. It seems that Kathiawad forfeited the match the next day - robbing Bhausaheb of the record.