Ranji Trophy

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For the current tournament, see 2014–15 Ranji Trophy.
Ranji Trophy
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Countries India India
Administrator BCCI
Format First-class cricket
First tournament 1934
Tournament format Round-robin then knockout
Number of teams 27
Current champion Karnataka (7th title)
Most successful Mumbai (40 titles)
Most runs Wasim Jaffer
Most wickets Rajinder Goel (640)
1958–1985
2014–15 Ranji Trophy

The Ranji Trophy is a domestic first-class cricket championship played in India between teams representing regional cricket associations. The competition currently consists of 27 teams, with 21 of the 29 states in India and Delhi (which is an Union Territory), having at least one representation. The competition is named after England and Sussex cricketer Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji (Jam Sahib of Nawanagar, also known as "Ranji").

Karnataka are the current Ranji champions, having beaten Maharashtra by 7 wickets in the finals of the 2013–14 season held in Hyderabad.

History[edit]

Ranjitsinhji, who the tournament is named after

The competition was launched as "The Cricket Championship of India" following a meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India in July 1934, with the first fixtures taking place in 1934–35. The trophy was donated by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala. The first Ranji Trophy Championship was won by Bombay after they defeated North India in the final. Syed Mohammed Hadi of Hyderabad was the first batsman to score a hundred.

Mumbai (formerly Bombay) have been the dominant team in the Championship so far, with 40 wins, including 15 back-to-back wins from 1958–59 to 1972–73.

Participants[edit]

State teams and cricket associations and clubs with first-class status are qualified to play in the Ranji Trophy. While most association are regional, like the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association and Mumbai Cricket Association some are pan-Indian like Railways and Services.

Current teams[edit]

The following 27 teams currently participate in the Ranji Trophy: