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Rest of India cricket team is a first-class cricket team in India that continually changes, being composed from players across the country except for those from the season's current Ranji Trophy winner.[1][2] It annually competes against the Ranji Trophy winner for the Irani Cup, "The Best vs Best of the Rest" tournament. The team was officially instituted in season 1959-60, playing its first match on 18 March 1960 against the Bombay cricket team (now Mumbai). Rest of India has won the tournament 27 times and shared the trophy twice (with Bombay in 1965-66 and Delhi in 1979-80).

Rest of india
Rest of India cricket.jpg
Rest of India cricket team's logo
CaptainAjinkya Rahane
Team information
ColoursCricket Whites
First-class debutBombay
in 1960
at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Irani Cup wins27
2018–19 Irani Cup


Current Team (for 2018–19 Irani Cup)Edit

Other formsEdit

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has named other Rest of India teams. These have played tour matches against international teams, and in 1971-1972 played a series of 3 first-class matches against the Indian national cricket team to raise funds for defence forces.[3] A List A "Best vs Best of the Rest" match was organized between Rest of India and the winner of 1989-90 Deodhar Trophy, West Zone, on 2 October 1989.[4]


  1. ^ Team Profile at Cricketarchive
  2. ^ Team Profile at ESPNcricinfo
  3. ^ "Defence_Fund_Match_1971-72".
  4. ^ "Deodhar Trophy Winners v Rest 1989/90".