Ranji Trophy

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For the current tournament, see 2015–16 Ranji Trophy.
Ranji Trophy
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Countries  India
Administrator BCCI
Format First-class cricket
First tournament 1934
Tournament format Round-robin then knockout
Number of teams 27
Current champion Karnataka (8th title)
Most successful Mumbai (40 titles)
Most runs Wasim Jaffer
Most wickets Rajinder Goel (640)
2015–16 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 first Indian Cricketer who played for England and Sussex, Ranjitsinhji who was also known as "Ranji".

Karnataka are the current Ranji champions, having beaten Tamil Nadu by an innings and 217 runs in the finals of the 2014–15 season held in Mumbai.


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 match of the competition was held on 4 November 1934 between Madras and Mysore at Chepauk.[1] M. J. Gopalan of Madras bowled the first ball to N. Curtis. The first Ranji Trophy Championship was won by Bombay after they defeated North India in the final. Mumbai (formerly Bombay) have won the tournament the most number of times with 40 wins including 15 back-to-back wins from 1958–59 to 1972–73.


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: