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The Z. R. Irani Cup (earlier called Irani Trophy) tournament was conceived during the 1959-60 season to mark the completion of 25 years of the Ranji Trophy championship and was named after the late Z. R. Irani, who was associated with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from its inception in 1928, till his death in 1970. The fixture is played annually between the incumbent Ranji Trophy winners and the Rest of India Team.
|Number of teams||2|
|Current champion||Vidarbha (2nd title)|
|Most successful||Rest of India (28 Titles)|
|Most runs||Wasim Jaffer (1294)|
|Most wickets||Padmakar Shivalkar (51)|
The first match, played between the Ranji Trophy champions and the Rest of India was played in 1959-60 with the trophy being instituted in the name of Zal Irani, long time treasurer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and a keen patron of the game. For the first few years, it was played towards the end of the season. Realizing the importance of the fixture, the BCCI moved it to the beginning of the season, and from 1965-66 to 2012-13, it was traditionally heralded the start of the new domestic season. In 2013, it was moved to a date immediately after the Ranji Trophy final, resulting in there being two Irani Cup matches the 2012/13 season. The game has since remained at the end of the season, and is played shortly after the Ranji Trophy final.
Following table shows the result of Irani Trophy from 1959-60 to 2017-18.
|1959-60||Bombay||Rest of India||Feroz Shah Kotla|
|1962-63||Bombay||Rest of India||Brabourne Stadium|
|1963-64||Bombay||Rest of India||Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy Stadium|
|1965-66||Bombay / Rest of India (shared)||Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Chennai)|
|1966-67||Rest of India||Bombay||Eden Gardens|
|1967-68||Bombay||Rest of India||Brabourne Stadium|
|1968-69||Rest of India||Bombay||Brabourne Stadium|
|1969-70||Bombay||Rest of India||Pune Club Ground|
|1970-71||Bombay||Rest of India||Eden Gardens|
|1971-72||Rest of India||Bombay||Brabourne Stadium|
|1972-73||Bombay||Rest of India||Nehru Stadium, Pune|
|1973-74||Rest of India||Bombay||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium|
|1974-75||Karnataka||Rest of India||Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad|
|1975-76||Bombay||Rest of India||Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground|
|1976-77||Bombay||Rest of India||Feroz Shah Kotla|
|1977-78||Rest of India||Bombay||Wankhede Stadium|
|1978-79||Rest of India||Karnataka||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium|
|1980-81||Delhi||Rest of India||Feroz Shah Kotla|
|1981-82||Bombay||Rest of India||Nehru Stadium, Indore|
|1982-83||Rest of India||Delhi||Feroz Shah Kotla|
|1983-84||Karnataka||Rest of India||Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground|
|1984-85||Rest of India||Bombay||Feroz Shah Kotla|
|1985-86||Bombay||Rest of India||Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground|
|1986-87||Rest of India||Delhi||Barkatullah Khan Stadium|
|1987-88||Hyderabad||Rest of India||Gymkhana Ground, Secunderabad|
|1988-89||Tamil Nadu||Rest of India||M. A. Chidambaram Stadium|
|1989-90||Delhi||Rest of India||Wankhede Stadium|
|1990-91||Rest of India||Bengal||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium|
|1991-92||Haryana||Rest of India||Nahar Singh Stadium|
|1992-93||Rest of India||Delhi||Feroz Shah Kotla|
|1993-94||Rest of India||Punjab||Punjab Agricultural University Stadium|
|1994-95||Bombay||Rest of India||Wankhede Stadium|
|1995-96||Bombay||Rest of India||Wankhede Stadium|
|1996-97||Karnataka||Rest of India||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium|
|1997-98||Mumbai||Rest of India||Wankhede Stadium|
|1998-99||Karnataka||Rest of India||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium|
|1999-00||Rest of India||Karnataka||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium|
|2000-01||Rest of India||Mumbai||Wankhede Stadium|
|2001-02||Rest of India||Baroda||Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground|
|2002-03||Railways||Rest of India||Karnail Singh Stadium|
|2003-04||Rest of India||Mumbai||MA Chidambaram Stadium|
|2004-05||Rest of India||Mumbai||Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium|
|2005-06||Railways||Rest of India||Karnail Singh Stadium|
|2006-07||Rest of India||Uttar Pradesh||Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground|
|2007-08||Rest of India||Mumbai||Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground|
|2008-09||Rest of India||Delhi||Reliance Cricket Stadium|
|2009-10||Rest of India||Mumbai||Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium|
|2010-11||Rest of India||Mumbai||Sawai Mansingh Stadium|
|2011-12||Rest of India||Rajasthan||Sawai Mansingh Stadium|
|2012-13||Rest of India||Rajasthan||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium|
|2013||Rest of India||Mumbai||Wankhede Stadium|
|2013-14||Karnataka||Rest of India||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium|
|2014-15||Karnataka||Rest of India||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium|
|2015-16||Rest of India||Mumbai||Brabourne Stadium|
|2016-17||Rest of India||Gujarat||Brabourne Stadium|
|2017–18||Vidarbha||Rest Of India||Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium|
|2018–19||Vidarbha||Rest Of India||Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium|
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