1934–35 Ranji Trophy

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1934-35 Ranji Trophy
Ranji trophy.jpg
The Ranji Trophy, which the winners get.
Administrator(s) BCCI
Cricket format First-class cricket
Tournament format(s) Knockout
Champions Bombay
Participants 15
Most runs Vijay Merchant (Bombay) (389)[1]
Most wickets A.G. Ram Singh (Madras) (22)[2]

The 1934–35 Ranji Trophy was the inaugural season of the Ranji Trophy. It was contested between 15 teams in four zones in a knockout format. Bombay defeated Northern India in the final.


  • The first match of the competition was held on 4 November 1934 between Madras and Mysore at Chepauk.[3] M. J. Gopalan of Madras bowled the first ball to N. Curtis.
  • Madras won the match by an innings and 23 runs five minutes before close on the first day. This is only first-class match in India to finish on the first day.
  • S. M. Hadi of Hyderabad hit the first century in Ranji Trophy. He scored 132* against Madras at Secunderabad.[4]
  • George Abell of Northern India scored the first double hundred, 210, v Army. In the same innings, he was involved in a stand of 304 with Ahmed Raza.[5]
  • Abell scored a century before lunch on the second day (24* to 128*), the first such instance in Ranji trophy.
  • Baqa Jilani took a hat-trick for Northern India v Southern Punjab in the semifinal at Amritsar.[6]
  • Southern Punjab was all out for 22 in the same innings. This remained the lowest team total in Ranji Trophy till Hyderabad was out for 21 against Rajasthan in 2010/11.

Knockout tree[edit]

Semi-finals Final
09 Feb 1935 – Amritsar
 Northern India 4 wkts  
 Central India  
09 Mar 1935 – Bombay
     Bombay 208 runs
   Northern India
 Bombay Walkover


09-12 Mar 1935
Bombay (H)
266 (80.4 overs)
Padmakar Chury 58
Mubarak Ali 4/71
219 (82.2 overs)
Ahmed Raza 50
Vijay Merchant 3/53
300 (88.1 overs)
Vijay Merchant 120
Devraj Puri 6/101
139 (48.1 overs)
Ahmed Raza 62*
Hormasji Vajifdar 8/40 (20.1 overs)
Bombay won by 208 runs
Bombay Gymkhana, Bombay
Umpires: J Birtwistle and Vali Ahmed
  • Bombay won the toss and elected to field


North Zone
Northern India
Southern Punjab
United Provinces
West Zone
Western India
South Zone
East Zone
Central India
Central Provinces and Berar

The team that won the zonal title is listed in bold. The teams are listed in the approximate order in which they finished in the zone.


  1. ^ "Ranji Trophy, 1934/35 / Records / Most runs". Retrieved 6 July 2014. (Subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ "Ranji Trophy, 1934/35 / Records / Most wickets". Retrieved 6 July 2014. (Subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ Madras v Mysore
  4. ^ Hyderabad v Madras
  5. ^ Northern India v Army
  6. ^ Southern Punjab v Northern India

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