First, the uninteresting numbers.

Ranji Trophy, 1934/35
Madras v Mysore
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
4 November 1934 (3-day match)

Result: Madras won by an innings and 23 runs

Toss: Madras
Umpires: and

Mysore 1st innings
N Curtis              c Ramaswami        b Johnstone           15
P McCosh              st Chari           b Ram Singh            7
KS Ramamurthi         st Chari           b Ram Singh            0
T Murari              lbw                b Ram Singh            0
R Nailer              c Swarna           b Ram Singh           14
MG Vijayasarathi                         b Johnstone            1
S Darashah            st Chari           b Ram Singh            0
CG Buttenshaw         c Ramaswami        b Ram Singh            3
*+MS Teversham        c Ramaswami        b Johnstone            0
BR Nagaraja Rao       c Ramaswami        b Johnstone            0
YS Ramaswami          not out                                   0
Extras                (b ?, lb ?, w ?, nb ?)                    8
Total                 (all out, 27.2 overs)                    48

FoW: 1-12, 2-12, 3-14, 4-38, 5-41, 6-41, 7-41, 8-44, 9-46, 10-48.

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Gopalan                      8      2     11      0
Ram Singh                   13.2    7     19      6
Johnstone                    6      3     10      4

Madras 1st innings
AV Krishnaswami                          b Nagaraja Rao         9
*CP Johnstone         lbw                b Darashah             6
AG Ram Singh          c McCosh           b Darashah            14
NN Swarna                                b Darashah            22
C Ramaswami           c Curtis           b Vijayasarathi       26
MA Uttappa            c Teversham        b Vijayasarathi       16
AL Shaw               lbw                b Vijayasarathi        3
MJ Gopalan            c Curtis           b Vijayasarathi       23
PV Ramanathan                            b Vijayasarathi        0
+SVT Chari            c Darashah         b Vijayasarathi        4
PS Ramachandran       not out                                   0
Extras                (b ?, lb ?, w ?, nb ?)                    7
Total                 (all out, 43 overs)                     130

FoW: 1-9, 2-23, 3-55, 4-62, 5-96,
     6-97, 7-107, 8-107, 9-126, 10-130.

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Buttenshaw                   4      1     13      0
Nagaraja Rao                10      3     22      1
Darashah                    11      2     29      3
Ramaswami                   10      1     36      0
Vijayasarathi                8      3     23      6

Mysore 2nd innings
N Curtis              c Ramaswami        b Gopalan              2
P McCosh                                 b Ram Singh            0
KS Ramamurthi                            b Johnstone            6
T Murari              c Shaw             b Gopalan             11
R Nailer                                 b Gopalan              0
MG Vijayasarathi                         b Ram Singh            5
S Darashah            st Chari           b Ram Singh           10
CG Buttenshaw                        c & b Johnstone            1
BR Nagaraja Rao       lbw                b Ram Singh            0
*+MS Teversham                           b Ram Singh           11
YS Ramaswami          not out                                   0
Extras                (b ?, lb ?, w ?, nb ?)                   13
Total                 (all out, 30.3 overs)                    59

FoW: 1-2, 2-4, 3-16, 4-16, 5-27, 6-29, 7-30, 8-42, 9-42, 10-59.

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Gopalan                     12      4     20      3
Ram Singh                   14.3    4     16      5
Johnstone                    4      1     10      2
http://static.espncricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1930S/1934-35/IND_LOCAL/RANJI/MADRAS_MYSORE_RJI_04NOV1934.html

Well, whoever this Ram Singh is(actually, he is from a Sikh family which migrated to Chennai and gave India three generations of cricketers, with three of Ram Singh’s sons playing together for India at a point of time), this is a Ram Singh’s match. He takes 11 wickets, that too for a paltry 39 runs thereby ending the match in a single day and in the meanwhile, scores 14, the fifth highest in the complete match. But the fact of matter is that this is the first Ranji match ever played. The story goes that the fans of Mysore team who went to the station to get the newspapers for the first day’s match proceedings were greeted by the team itself which was sent packing home in a single day.

And then, something interesting.

Ranji Trophy, 1948/49
Madras v Mysore
Pune Club Ground, Pune
16,17,18 December 1948 (4-day match)

Result: Maharashtra won by default

Toss: Kathiawar
Umpires: DK Naik and TA Ramachandran

Kathiawar 1st innings
M Balan Pandit†       b Dalvi                                   4
Jayantilal Vora       b Dhanawade                              35
KS Harpal Deo         c Prabhakar G Joshi b Dhanawade          41
Bhawanishankar        c Mohan Lal        b Chaudhari           14
Purshottam                           c & b Chaudhari            5
D Narottam            st †PG Joshi       b Chaudhari           17
Thakore Saheb of Rajkot* c †PG Joshi     b Deodhar             77
Vajubha                                  b Chaudhari            0
M Acharya             c †PG Joshi        b Dhanawade            5
S Nyalchand           c Dhanawade        b Rege                 4
J Chauda              not out                                  20
Extras                (b ?, lb ?, w ?, nb ?)                   16
Total                 (all out; 76.1 overs)                   238

FoW: 1-8, 2-69, 3-96, 4-96, 5-112, 6-121, 7-133, 8-142, 9-176, 10-238

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
MG Dalvi                    11      2     30      1
BB Nimbalkar                 6      0     26      0
SD Deodhar                   5.1    0     20      1
SD Dhanawade                26      6     72      3
MR Rege                      8      2     24      1
DG Chaudhari                19      5     46      4 
YN Gokhale                   1      0      4      0 

Maharashtra 1st innings
MR Rege                       hit wicket b Chauda              47 
KV Bhandarkar         c Vajubha          b Purshottam         205
BB Nimbalkar          not out                                 443
SD Deodhar            c Nyalchand        b Acharya             93
B Mohan Lal                          lbw b Chauda               7 
MG Dalvi              not out                                   7 
Extras                (b ?, lb ?, w ?, nb ?)                   24
Total                 (4 wickets; 180 overs)                  826

Did not bat PG Joshi†, YN Gokhale*, Prabhakar G Joshi, DG Chaudhari, SD Dhanawade
FoW: 1-81, 2-536, 3-778, 4-801

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
D Narottam                  33      1    162      0
Jayantilal Vora             17      2     78      0
Vajubha                     36      2    123      0
Purshottam                  14      1     75      1
J Chauda                    33      0    152      2
S Nyalchand                 25      4    104      0
M Acharya                   14      4     52      1
Thakore Saheb of Rajkot      2      0     16      0 
KS Harpal Deo                2      0     20      0
Bhawanishankar               4      0     20      0
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/266830.html

BB Nimbalkar, ironically, who never played for India, is the star of this match with his 443*(494 minutes, 49 fours, 1 six). At that point of time, in case of a draw, the team scoring higher will win the match by default. If it is a final, it will be a timeless match. The story goes that Nimbalkar didn’t know that he is in arm’s reach of Bradman’s record. Based on what his captain said, he was playing at a decent pace. When the tea break was announced, the captain of Kathiawar declared that there is no point to continue the match and decided to go home even after Maharashtra’s captain pleaded him to give two overs so that Nimbalkar can beat Bradman. But the snobbish royal was not to relent. Nimbalkar got to know of this ruckus only when he came from the break. Till then, he was unaware of the fact that he is that near to the record. He himself told, had he known, he would have attempted for it. The only silver lining is that Bradman wrote a letter to Nimbalkar congratulating him over his achievement and declared he treats Nimbalkar’s innings better than his.

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