2016–17 Ranji Trophy

The 2016–17 Ranji Trophy was the 83rd season of the Ranji Trophy, the premier first-class cricket tournament in India. Unlike previous seasons, the 2016–17 tournament was played at neutral venues.[1][2][3] Captains and coaches were supportive of the change.[4] Chhattisgarh cricket team made their debut in the competition, becoming the 28th team to compete in this edition of the Ranji Trophy.[5][6] Mumbai were the defending champions.[7] Gujarat beat Mumbai in the final by 5 wickets to win their first title.[8]

2016–17 Ranji Trophy
Ranji trophy.jpg
The Ranji Trophy, awarded to the winners
Dates6 October 2016 – 14 January 2017
Administrator(s)BCCI
Cricket formatFirst-class cricket
Tournament format(s)Round-robin then knockout
Host(s) India
ChampionsGujarat (1st title)
Participants28
Most runsPriyank Panchal (1310)
Most wicketsShahbaz Nadeem (56)
2016–17 Indian domestic cricket season
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Women

In September 2016, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the dates, groups and fixtures for the competition.[9] The pink ball was used in the tournament, to help the BCCI make a decision on playing a day/night Test match.[10]

In October 2016 during the Group B fixture between Maharashtra and Delhi, Swapnil Gugale and Ankit Bawne playing for Maharashtra, set a record partnership total in the Ranji Trophy, with 594 runs. It was also the second-highest partnership in the history of first-class cricket.[11]

Two group stage fixtures, the Group A match between Gujarat and Bengal and the Group C match between Hyderabad and Tripura, were abandoned because of smog pollution.[12] Initially, the BCCI rescheduled the fixtures to take place after the conclusion of the group stages.[12] As a result of the rescheduled matches, the dates of the matches in the knockout phase of the competition were moved back to accommodate the rearranged fixtures.[12] Both the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) opposed the rescheduling of the fixtures.[13] The MCA joint-secretary Unmesh Khanvilkar said that it "gives unfair advantage to the participating teams with respect to their qualification the knockout phase".[13] Kasi Viswanathan, secretary of the TNCA, said that "the matches should not be rescheduled and that points should be shared".[13] The BCCI reviewed the decision to reschedule the matches.[14] In December 2016, they revoked the changes and awarded each team one point from the abandoned matches.[15]

Mumbai, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu from Group A, Jharkhand, Karnataka and Odisha from Group B and Hyderabad and Haryana from Group C all qualified for the knockout stage of the tournament.[16][17][18][19] The dates of the quarter-finals were brought forward by one day and the semi-finals by two days.[20] The Holkar Stadium in Indore hosted the final on 10 January 2017, two days earlier than originally planned.[20]

In the semi-finals Gujarat beat Jharkhand by 123 runs to reach only their second final in the history of the Ranji Trophy, having previously played in the 1950–51 final.[21] Mumbai beat Tamil Nadu by 6 wickets to progress to their 46th final in the Ranji Trophy.[22]

Personnel changesEdit

PlayersEdit

Player/Coach From To Role
S Badrinath Vidarbha Hyderabad Batsman
Iqbal Abdulla Mumbai Kerala All-rounder
Ambati Rayudu Baroda Vidarbha Batsman
Mohammad Kaif Andhra Chhattisgarh Batsman
Bhavin Thakkar Mumbai Kerala Bowler
Hanuma Vihari Hyderabad Andhra All-rounder
Bhargav Bhatt Gujarat Andhra All-rounder
Dwaraka Ravi Teja Hyderabad Andhra All-rounder
Ashutosh Singh Madhya Pradesh Chhattisgarh Batsman
Pankaj Rao Madhya Pradesh Chhattisgarh Batsman
Sumit Ruikar Vidarbha Chhattisgarh Batsman
Manjeet Singh Rajasthan Railways Batsman
Nikhil Doru Rajasthan Railways Batsman
Jalaj Saxena Madhya Pradesh Kerala All-rounder
Mittal Ravaliya Baroda Chhattisgarh Batsman
Prasanth Parameswaran Goa Kerala Bowler
Anustup Majumdar Railways Bengal Batsman
Smit Patel Gujarat Tripura Wicket-keeper
Yashpal Singh Services Tripura Batsman

CoachesEdit

Coach From To Role
Bharat Arun Vidarbha Hyderabad Coach [23]
Sulakshan Kulkarni Chhattisgarh Coach [23]
Hrishikesh Kanitkar Goa Tamil Nadu Coach [23]
Sunil Joshi Jammu & Kashmir Assam Coach [23]
Shrikant Kalyani Maharashtra Coach [23]
Jacob Martin Baroda Coach [23]
Jai Prakash Yadav Railways Coach [23]
Sanath Kumar Assam Andhra Coach [23]
Akshay Tandale Maharashtra Asst. Coach [23]
KP Bhaskar Delhi Coach [23]
Amit Bhandari Delhi Asst. Coach [23]

TeamsEdit

The teams were drawn in the following groups:[9]

Group AEdit

Points table

Team[24] Pld W L D A Pts NRR
Mumbai 8 3 0 5 0 30 +0.027
Gujarat 8 2 0 5 1 26 +0.368
Tamil Nadu 8 2 1 5 0 26 +0.164
Punjab 8 2 1 5 0 21 +0.109
Bengal 8 2 1 4 1 21 –0.235
Madhya Pradesh 8 2 1 5 0 20 +0.024
Uttar Pradesh 8 1 4 3 0 13 –0.124
Baroda 8 1 3 4 0 10 –0.003
Railways 8 1 5 2 0 10 –0.368

Group BEdit

Points table

Team[24] Pld W L D A Pts NRR
Jharkhand 8 5 0 3 0 39 +0.399
Karnataka 8 5 1 2 0 37 +0.273
Odisha 8 2 1 5 0 22 +0.054
Delhi 8 2 2 4 0 21 +0.579
Maharashtra 8 2 3 3 0 21 –0.059
Vidarbha 8 2 2 4 0 20 –0.025
Saurashtra 8 2 4 2 0 18 +0.101
Rajasthan 8 1 4 3 0 12 –0.637
Assam 8 1 5 2 0 8 –0.620

Group CEdit

Points table

Team[24] Pld W L D A Pts NRR
Hyderabad 9 4 1 3 1 31 –0.117
Haryana 9 3 1 5 0 31 +0.218
Andhra 9 3 1 5 0 28 +0.119
Himachal Pradesh 9 3 0 6 0 26 +0.664
Kerala 9 1 1 7 0 25 +0.206
Goa 9 2 3 4 0 18 –0.330
Services 9 1 2 6 0 16 –0.177
Jammu and Kashmir 9 1 3 5 0 15 –0.383
Chhattisgarh 9 1 4 4 0 14 –0.011
Tripura 9 1 4 3 1 14 –0.196

Knockout stageEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
         
A1 Mumbai 294 & 217
C1 Hyderabad 280 & 201
A1 Mumbai 411 & 251/4
A3 Tamil Nadu 305 & 356/6d
A3 Tamil Nadu 152 & 87/3
B2 Karnataka 88 & 150
A1 Mumbai 228 & 411
A2 Gujarat 328 & 313/5
A2 Gujarat 263 & 641
B3 Odisha 199 & 81/1
A2 Gujarat 390 & 252
B1 Jharkhand 408 & 111
C2 Haryana 258 & 262
B1 Jharkhand 345 & 178/5

Quarter-finalsEdit

23–27 December 2016
Quarter-final 1
Scorecard
v
294 (101.4 overs)
Siddhesh Lad 110 (205)
Chama Milind 5/80 (23.4 overs)
280 (125.1 overs)
Tanmay Agarwal 82 (284)
Abhishek Nayar 4/60 (29 overs)
217 (83.2 overs)
Aditya Tare 57 (100)
Mohammed Siraj 5/52 (14.2 overs)
201 (71 overs)
Balchander Anirudh 84* (187)
Abhishek Nayar 5/40 (20 overs)
Mumbai won by 30 runs
Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, Raipur
Umpires: Ulhas Gandhe and Nitin Pandit
Player of the match: Abhishek Nayar (Mumbai)
  • Mumbai won the toss and elected to bat.

23–27 December 2016
Quarter-final 2
Scorecard
v
88 (37.1 overs)
Manish Pandey 28 (52)
Aswin Crist 6/31 (13.1 overs)
152 (53.3 overs)
Vijay Shankar 34 (61)
Sreenath Aravind 3/16 (17 overs)
150 (38.1 overs)
K. L. Rahul 77 (94)
Krishnamoorthy Vignesh 4/53 (13 overs)
87/3 (19.3 overs)
Dinesh Karthik 41* (30)
Abhimanyu Mithun 1/7 (2 overs)
Tamil Nadu won by 7 wickets
Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
Umpires: Navdeep Singh and Nikhil Patwardhan
Player of the match: Aswin Crist (Tamil Nadu)
  • Tamil Nadu won the toss and elected to field.
  • Dinesh Karthik (Tamil Nadu) played in his 100th Ranji Trophy match.[25]

23–27 December 2016
Quarter-final 3
Scorecard
v
263 (95.4 overs)
Chirag Gandhi 81 (190)
Deepak Behera 5/68 (22.4 overs)
199 (73.1 overs)
Suryakant Pradhan 47 (27)
Jasprit Bumrah 5/41 (23 overs)
641 (227.4 overs)
Samit Gohel 359* (723)
Dhiraj Singh 6/147 (68 overs)
81/1 (22.0 overs)
Subhranshu Senapati 59* (58)
Rujul Bhatt 1/23 (9 overs)
Match drawn
(Gujarat won on 1st innings)

Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Umpires: Yeshwant Barde and C. K. Nandan
Player of the match: Jasprit Bumrah (Gujarat)

23–27 December 2016
Quarter-final 4
Scorecard
v
258 (95.3 overs)
Rajat Paliwal 42 (111)
Shahbaz Nadeem 7/79 (33 overs)
345 (120 overs)
Virat Singh 107 (318)
Harshal Patel 4/46 (19 overs)
262 (97.1 overs)
Chaitanya Bishnoi 52 (105)
Shahbaz Nadeem 4/78 (35.1 overs)
178/5 (30.2 overs)
Ishan Kishan 86 (61)
Sanjay Pahal 2/36 (7 overs)
Jharkhand won by 5 wickets
Moti Bagh Stadium, Vadodara
Umpires: Anil Dandekar and Pashchim Pathak
Player of the match: Shahbaz Nadeem (Jharkhand)
  • Haryana won the toss and elected to bat.

Semi-finalsEdit

1–5 January 2017
1st Semi-final
Scorecard
v
305 (115.2 overs)
Baba Indrajith 64 (114)
Abhishek Nayar 4/66 (29 overs)
406 (150.3 overs)
Aditya Tare 83 (181)
Vijay Shankar 4/59 (20 overs)
356/6d (78 overs)
Baba Indrajith 138 (169)
Balwinder Sandhu 2/67 (15 overs)
251/4 (62.1 overs)
Prithvi Shaw 120 (175)
Aushik Srinivas 2/77 (23 overs)
Mumbai won by 6 wickets
Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
Umpires: Abhijit Deshmukh and Virender Sharma
Player of the match: Prithvi Shaw (Mumbai)

1–5 January 2017
2nd Semi-final
Scorecard
v
390 (126.2 overs)
Priyank Panchal 149 (267)
Ajay Yadav 3/67 (22 overs)
408 (102 overs)
Ishank Jaggi 129 (182)
R. P. Singh 6/90 (21 overs)
252 (81 overs)
Manpreet Juneja 81 (125)
Shahbaz Nadeem 5/69 (25 overs)
111 (41 overs)
Kaushal Singh 24 (40)
Jasprit Bumrah 6/29 (14 overs)
Gujarat won by 123 runs
Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur
Umpires: K. N. Ananthapadmanabhan and Jayaraman Madanagopal
Player of the match: Jasprit Bumrah (Gujarat)
  • Gujarat won the toss and elected to bat.

FinalEdit

10–14 January 2017
Final
Scorecard
v
228 (83.5 overs)
Prithvi Shaw 71 (93)
Rujul Bhatt 2/5 (5 overs)
328 (104.3 overs)
Parthiv Patel 90 (146)
Shardul Thakur 4/84 (29.3 overs)
411 (137.1 overs)
Abhishek Nayar 91* (145)
Chintan Gaja 6/121 (39 overs)
313/5 (89.5 overs)
Parthiv Patel 143 (196)
Balwinder Sandhu 2/101 (24 overs)
Gujarat won by 5 wickets
Holkar Stadium, Indore
Umpires: Anil Chaudhary and Nitin Menon
Player of the match: Parthiv Patel (Gujarat)
  • Gujarat won the toss and elected to field.
  • This was the highest successful run-chase in the final of the Ranji Trophy.[27]

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