The Ranji Trophy is a premier domestic first-class cricket championship played in India and organized annually by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The teams representing regional and state cricket associations participate. BCCI founded the championship in 1934,[2] Since then it has been organised across various grounds and stadiums in India.[3][4][5]

Ranji Trophy
FormatFirst-class cricket
First edition1934–35
Latest edition2023–24
Tournament formatRound-robin, then knockout
Number of teams38
Current championMumbai (42nd title)
Most successfulMumbai (42 titles)
QualificationIrani Cup
Most runsWasim Jaffer (12,038)
Most wicketsRajinder Goel (640)
Longest continuous championMumbai

The competition currently consists of 38 teams, with all 28 states in India and four of the eight union territories with at least one team from each. When the tournament was founded, it was named "the Cricket Championship of India", in 1935 it was renamed after Ranjitsinhji, who was the first ever Indian to play international cricket. He played for the England from 1896 to 1902.[6][7][a]

The Mumbai cricket team is the most successful team of the tournament, with a record 42 titles to their name.[8]

The Mumbai cricket team holds the present title of the 2023–24 edition. It defeated Vidharbha cricket team in the final at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.[9][5]

History edit

Ranjitsinhji, after whom the tournament is named

The idea of a national level, first class championship tournament was proposed by BCCI's founder A.S. De Mello.[7] The competition was launched following BCCI's meeting at Shimla in July 1934,[10] with the first fixtures taking place in 1934–35 .Initially the tournament was named as 'The cricket championship of India', it later was renamed.[7] The trophy was donated by Bhupinder Singh, the Maharaja of Patiala in memory of Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji, Jam Sahib of Nawanagar who had died the previous year.[10] The first match of the competition was held on 4 November 1934 between Madras and Mysore at the Chepauk ground in Madras (Now Chennai). Mumbai (Bombay) has won the tournament the most times with 42 wins including 15 back-to-back wins from 1958–59 to 1972–73.

In 2015 Paytm became the first company to hold the tournament's title sponsorship right by virtue of BCCI's title sponsorship deal.[11]

The 2020–21 Ranji Trophy tournament was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic,[12] the first season since the tournament's inception that it was not held.[13][14]

Participants edit

State and regional teams with first-class status and owned–operated by BCCI members play in the Ranji Trophy. Most associations are regional such as the Mumbai Cricket Association or the Karnataka State Cricket Association, while Railways and Services are pan-Indian.

All 28 states of India are represented, as are four of the eight union territories: Delhi, Chandigarh, Puducherry, and Jammu and Kashmir (which also represents the union territory of Ladakh). In addition, four teams represent regions within states: Mumbai and Vidarbha (both within Maharashtra) and Saurashtra and Baroda (both within Gujarat); and there are two pan-Indian teams: Railways, representing Indian Railways, and Services, representing the Indian Armed Forces. The state of Telangana is represented by the Hyderabad cricket team.

Current teams edit

The following 38 teams currently participate in the Ranji Trophy:

Team Home ground/s[b] First season First title Last title Total titles
Andhra ACA-VDCA International Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam 1953–54
Arunachal Pradesh 2018–19
Assam ACA Stadium, Guwahati 1948–49
Baroda Moti Bagh Stadium, Vadodara 1937–38 1942–43 2000–01 5
Bengal Eden Gardens, Kolkata 1935–36 1938–39 1989–90 3
Bihar Rajgir International Stadium, Nalanda 1936–37
Chhattisgarh Nava Raipur International Stadium, Naya Raipur 2016–17
Chandigarh Sector 16 Stadium, Chandigarh 2019–20
Delhi Arun Jaitley Stadium 1934–35 1978–79 2007–08 7
Goa Dr. Rajendra Prasad Stadium, Margao 1985–86
Gujarat Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad 1935–36 2016–17 2016–17 1
Haryana Chaudhary Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium, Rohtak 1970–71 1990–91 1990–91 1
Himachal Pradesh HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala 1985–86
Hyderabad Hyderabad Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad 1934–35 1937–38 1986–87 2
Jammu and Kashmir Sher-e-Kashmir Stadium, Srinagar 1959–60
Jharkhand JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi 2004–05
Karnataka / Mysore M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore 1934–35 1973–74 2014–15 8
Kerala Trivandrum International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram 1957–58
Madhya Pradesh / Holkar Holkar Stadium, Indore 1941–42 1945–46 2021–22 5
Maharashtra Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune 1934–35 1939–40 1940–41 2
Manipur 2018–19
Meghalaya Meghalaya Cricket Association Cricket Ground, Shillong 2018–19
Mizoram 2018–19
Mumbai Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 1934–35 1934–35 2023–24 42
Nagaland Nagaland Cricket Association Stadium, Sovima 2018–19
Odisha / Orissa Barabati Stadium, Cuttack 1949–50
Pondicherry CAP Siechem Ground, Puducherry 2018–19
Punjab Inderjit Singh Bindra Stadium, Mohali 1968–69 1992–93 1992–93 1
Railways Karnail Singh Stadium, New Delhi 1958–59 2001–02 2004–05 2
Rajasthan / Rajputana Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur 1935–36 2010–11 2011–12 2
Saurashtra Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot 1936–37 2019–20 2022–23 2
Sikkim Mining Cricket Stadium, Rangpo 2018–19
Services Palam A Stadium, New Delhi 1949–50
Tamil Nadu / Madras M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai 1934–35 1954–55 1987–88 2
Tripura Maharaja Bir Bikram College Stadium, Agartala 1985–86
Uttar Pradesh / United Provinces BRSABV Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow 1934–35 2005–06 2005–06 1
Uttarakhand Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun 2018–19
Vidarbha New VCA Stadium, Nagpur 1957–58 2017–18 2018–19 2

Defunct teams edit

The following teams have appeared in the Ranji Trophy, but no longer do so:

Stadiums edit

Stadium City Capacity Home team
Narendra Modi Stadium Ahmedabad 132,000[15] Gujarat
Eden Gardens Kolkata 66,000[16] Bengal
Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium Raipur 65,000 Chhattisgarh
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium Hyderabad 55,000[17] Hyderabad
Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium Lucknow 55,000 Uttar Pradesh
Greenfield International Stadium Thiruvananthapuram 55,000 Kerala
JSCA International Cricket Stadium Ranchi 50,000 Jharkhand
Barabati Stadium Cuttack 45,000 Odisha
Rajgir International Cricket Stadium Nalanda 45,000 Bihar
Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium Nagpur 45,000 Vidarbha
Arun Jaitley Stadium New Delhi 41,842[18] Delhi
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium Bangalore 40,000[19] Karnataka
Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Cricket Stadium Guwahati 40,000 Assam
Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium Pune 37,406 Maharashtra
M. A. Chidambaram Stadium Chennai 33,500[20] Tamil Nadu
Wankhede Stadium Mumbai 33,108[21] Mumbai
Holkar Stadium Indore 30,000 Madhya Pradesh
Maharaja Bir Bikram College Stadium Agartala 30,000 Tripura
Sector 16 Stadium Chandigarh 30,000 Chandigarh
Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium Rajkot 28,000 Saurashtra
Inderjit Singh Bindra Stadium Mohali 26,000 Punjab
Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy International Cricket Stadium Visakhapatnam 25,000 Andhra
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium Dharamshala 25,000 Himachal Pradesh
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium Dehradun 25,000 Uttarakhand
Sawai Mansingh Stadium Jaipur 23,185 Rajasthan
Moti Bagh Stadium Vadodara 18,000 Baroda
Mining Cricket Stadium Rangpo 17,500[22] Sikkim

Format edit

From the Ranji Trophy's inception until the 2001 season (with the exception of 1948–49 season), the teams were grouped geographically into four or five zones – North, West, East, and South, with Central added in 1952–53. Initial matches were played within the zones on a knock-out basis until 1956–57, and thereafter on a league basis, to determine a winner; then, the five individual zone winners competed in a knock-out tournament, leading to a final which decided the winner of the Ranji Trophy. From the 1970–71 season, the knock-out stage was expanded to the top two teams from each zone, a total of ten qualifying teams. This was expanded again to the top three from each zone in 1992–93, a total of fifteen qualifying teams; between 1996–97 and 1999–2000, the fifteen qualifying teams competed in a secondary group stage, with three groups of five teams, and the top two from each group qualified for a six-team knock-out stage; in all other years until 2001–02, a full fifteen-team knock-out tournament was held.[citation needed]

The format was changed in the 2002–03 season with the zonal system abandoned and a two-division structure adopted – the Elite Group, containing fifteen teams, and the Plate Group, containing the rest. Each group had two sub-groups which played a round-robin; the top two from each Elite sub-group then contested a four-team knock-out tournament to determine the winner of the Ranji Trophy. The team which finished last in each Elite sub-group was relegated, and both Plate Group finalists were promoted for the following season. For the 2006–07 season, the divisions were re-labelled the Super League and Plate League respectively.

In the 2008–09 season, this format was adjusted to give both Super League and Plate League teams an opportunity to contest the Ranji Trophy. The top two from each Plate sub-group contested semi-finals; the winners of these two matches then joined the top three from each Super League sub-group in an eight-team knock-out tournament. The winner of this knock-out tournament then won the Ranji Trophy. Promotion and relegation between Super League and Plate League continued as before. In the 2010–11 season, Rajasthan won the Ranji Trophy after beginning the season in the Plate League.[citation needed]

From the 2012–13 season, this format was adjusted slightly. The Super League and Plate League names were abandoned, but the two-tier system remained. The top tier expanded from fifteen teams to eighteen teams, in two sub-groups of nine (known as Group A and Group B, and considered equal in status); and the second tier was reduced to nine teams in a single group (known as Group C). The top three teams from Groups A and B and the top two from Group C contest the knockout phase. The lowest placed team in each of Group A and Group B is relegated to Group C, and the top two from Group C are promoted to the top tier.

For the 2017–18 season, the two-tier system was abandoned to have 4 groups of seven teams each and two quarter-finalists from each group.

From the 2018–19 season, the teams contested in three-tiers. Five teams will qualify for the quarter-finals from the top tier (known as Elite Group A and Group B). Two teams will qualify from the second-tier (Elite Group C) and one team from the lower-tier (Plate Group) for the quarter-finals.[citation needed]

Round-robin matches are four days in length; knockout matches are played for five days. Throughout its history, if there is no outright result in a Ranji Trophy knock-out match, the team leading after the first innings is the winner.

Prior to the 2016–17 season, matches were played at the home ground of one of the two teams taking part. For the 2016–17 edition, the BCCI decided that all games would be staged at a neutral venues.[23]

Points distribution system edit

Points in the league stages of both divisions are currently awarded as follows:

Scenario Points
Win outright 6
Bonus point for inning or 10 wicket win 1
First innings lead in a drawn match 3
No result 1
Tie in first inning's score in a drawn match 1
Loss on the first inning 1
Lost outright 0
Tie on both innings 3

Tournament records edit

Team records[24]
Most trophies wins 42 Mumbai 1934–2024
Highest team score 935/5 dec. Hyderabad v Andhra 1993–94[25]
Lowest team score 21 Hyderabad v Rajasthan 2010[26]
Individual match records[24]
Highest individual innings 443* B. B. Nimbalkar Maharashtra v Kathiawar 1948–49[27]
Best innings bowling 10/20 Premangsu Chatterjee Bengal v Assam 1956–57[28]
Best match bowling 16/99 Anil Kumble Karnataka v Kerala 1994–95[29]
Individual season records[30]
Most runs in a season 1,415 V. V. S. Laxman Hyderabad 1999–2000
Most centuries in a season 7 Wasim Jaffer Mumbai 1999–2000
Most wickets in a season 68 Ashutosh Aman Bihar 2018–19
Individual career records
Most career matches 155 Wasim Jaffer 1996–2020
Most career runs 12,038[31] Wasim Jaffer 1996–2020
Most career centuries 40[31] Wasim Jaffer 1996–2020
Highest career batting average 98.35[32] Vijay Merchant 1934–51
Most career wickets 640[33] Rajinder Goel 1958–85

Some sources credit Goel with 636 or 640 wickets instead – see Rajinder Goel article for details.

Winners edit

The following teams have won the tournament:[10]

Season Winner Runner-up Winning Captain
1934–35 Bombay Northern India L. P. Jai
1935–36 Bombay Madras Hormasji Vajifdar
1936–37 Nawanagar Bengal Albert Wensley
1937–38 Hyderabad Nawanagar SM Hussain
1938–39 Bengal Southern Punjab Tom Longfield
1939–40 Maharashtra United Provinces D. B. Deodhar
1940–41 Maharashtra Madras D. B. Deodhar
1941–42 Bombay Mysore Vijay Merchant
1942–43 Baroda Hyderabad W.Ghorpade
1943–44 Western India Bengal Herbert Barritt
1944–45 Bombay Holkar Vijay Merchant
1945–46 Holkar Baroda C. K. Nayudu
1946–47 Baroda Holkar Raosaheb Nimbalkar
1947–48 Holkar Bombay C. K. Nayudu
1948–49 Bombay Baroda K. C. Ibrahim
1949–50 Baroda Holkar Raosaheb Nimbalkar
1950–51 Holkar Gujarat C. K. Nayudu
1951–52 Bombay Holkar Madhav Mantri
1952–53 Holkar Bengal C. K. Nayudu
1953–54 Bombay Holkar Ranga Sohoni
1954–55 Madras Holkar Balu Alaganan
1955–56 Bombay Bengal Madhav Mantri
1956–57 Bombay Services Madhav Mantri
1957–58 Baroda Services Datta Gaekwad
1958–59 Bombay Bengal Madhav Apte
1959–60 Bombay Mysore Polly Umrigar
1960–61 Bombay Rajasthan Polly Umrigar
1961–62 Bombay Rajasthan Madhav Apte
1962–63 Bombay Rajasthan Polly Umrigar
1963–64 Bombay Rajasthan Bapu Nadkarni
1964–65 Bombay Hyderabad Bapu Nadkarni
1965–66 Bombay Rajasthan Bapu Nadkarni
1966–67 Bombay Rajasthan Manohar Hardikar
1967–68 Bombay Madras Manohar Hardikar
1968–69 Bombay Bengal Ajit Wadekar
1969–70 Bombay Rajasthan Ajit Wadekar
1970–71 Bombay Maharashtra Sudhir Naik
1971–72 Bombay Bengal Ajit Wadekar
1972–73 Bombay Tamil Nadu Ajit Wadekar
1973–74 Karnataka Rajasthan E. A. S. Prasanna
1974–75 Bombay Karnataka Ashok Mankad
1975–76 Bombay Bihar Ashok Mankad
1976–77 Bombay Delhi Sunil Gavaskar
1977–78 Karnataka Uttar Pradesh E. A. S. Prasanna
1978–79 Delhi Karnataka Bishan Singh Bedi
1979–80 Delhi Bombay Bishan Singh Bedi
1980–81 Bombay Delhi Eknath Solkar
1981–82 Delhi Karnataka Mohinder Amarnath
1982–83 Karnataka Bombay Brijesh Patel
1983–84 Bombay Delhi Sunil Gavaskar
1984–85 Bombay Delhi Sunil Gavaskar
1985–86 Delhi Haryana Madan Lal
1986–87 Hyderabad Delhi M. V. Narasimha Rao
1987–88 Tamil Nadu Railways S. Vasudevan
1988–89 Delhi Bengal Madan Lal
1989–90 Bengal Delhi Sambaran Banerjee
1990–91 Haryana Bombay Kapil Dev
1991–92 Delhi Tamil Nadu Ajay Sharma
1992–93 Punjab Maharashtra Gursharan Singh
1993–94 Bombay Bengal Ravi Shastri
1994–95 Bombay Punjab Sachin Tendulkar
1995–96 Karnataka Tamil Nadu Anil Kumble
1996–97 Mumbai Delhi Sanjay Manjrekar
1997–98 Karnataka Uttar Pradesh Rahul Dravid
1998–99 Karnataka Madhya Pradesh Sunil Joshi
1999–00 Mumbai Hyderabad Sameer Dighe
2000–01 Baroda Railways Jacob Martin
2001–02 Railways Baroda Abhay Sharma
2002–03 Mumbai Tamil Nadu Paras Mhambrey
2003–04 Mumbai Tamil Nadu Sairaj Bahutule
2004–05 Railways Punjab Sanjay Bangar
2005–06 Uttar Pradesh Bengal Mohammad Kaif
2006–07 Mumbai Bengal Amol Muzumdar
2007–08 Delhi Uttar Pradesh Gautam Gambhir
2008–09 Mumbai Uttar Pradesh Wasim Jaffer
2009–10 Mumbai Karnataka Wasim Jaffer
2010–11 Rajasthan Baroda Hrishikesh Kanitkar
2011–12 Rajasthan Tamil Nadu Hrishikesh Kanitkar
2012–13 Mumbai Saurashtra Ajit Agarkar
2013–14 Karnataka Maharashtra Vinay Kumar
2014–15 Karnataka Tamil Nadu Vinay Kumar
2015–16 Mumbai Saurashtra Aditya Tare
2016–17 Gujarat Mumbai Parthiv Patel
2017–18 Vidarbha Delhi Faiz Fazal
2018–19 Vidarbha Saurashtra Faiz Fazal
2019–20 Saurashtra Bengal Jaydev Unadkat
2021–22 Madhya Pradesh Mumbai Aditya Shrivastava
2022–23 Saurashtra Bengal Jaydev Unadkat
2023–24 Mumbai Vidarbha Ajinkya Rahane

Finals appearances by team edit

Mumbai/Bombay have played in 48 finals and have won total 42 Ranji Trophy championships, the most by any team.

Team Winner Runner-up Win % Last win
Mumbai / Bombay 42 6 87.5 2024
Karnataka / Mysore 8 6 57.1 2015
Delhi 7 8 46.7 2008
Baroda 5 4 55.6 2001
Holkar 4 6 40 1953
Saurashtra 2 3 40 2023
Vidarbha 2 1 66.7 2019
Bengal 2 13 13.33 1990
Tamil Nadu / Madras 2 10 16.7 1988
Rajasthan 2 8 20.0 2012
Hyderabad 2 3 40.0 1987
Maharashtra 2 3 40.0 1941
Railways 2 2 50.0 2005
Uttar Pradesh / United Provinces 1 5 16.7 2006
Punjab 1 2 33.3 1993
Haryana 1 1 50.0 1991
Gujarat 1 1 50.0 2017
Nawanagar 1 1 50 1937
Madhya Pradesh 1 1 50 2022
Western India 1 0 100 1944
Services 0 2 00.0
Southern Punjab 0 1 00.0
Bihar 0 1 00.0
Northern India 0 1 00.0


Broadcasting edit

Sports18 TV channel and JioCinema has exclusive rights to broadcast the trophy live on television and online respectively.[34] BCCI's website runs match highlights. Star Sports and Disney+ Hotstar broadcast the tournament until 2022.[35][4]

In popular culture edit

Explanatory notes edit

  1. ^ Ranjitsinhji played for England cricket team in Tests in early 20th century. He was a prince from Nawanagar princely state and later became king of Nawanagar.
  2. ^ Each team has used several venues to host matches.

See also edit

Other top domestic cricket tournaments of the BCCI


Notes edit

  1. ^ Irani Cup is single match tournament, in which last season's champion team play versus Rest of India cricket team. BCCI organise it on annually in October before India's cricket season starts.[37]

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