Ranji Trophy

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For the current tournament, see 2016–17 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 28
Current champion Mumbai (41st title)
Most successful Mumbai (41 titles)
Qualification Irani Cup
Most runs Wasim Jaffer (10143)
Most wickets Rajinder Goel (640)
2016–17 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 international cricket, Ranjitsinhji who was also known as "Ranji". He played for England and Sussex.

Mumbai is the current Ranji champion, having beaten Saurashtra by an innings and 21 runs in the finals of the 2015–16 season held in Pune.


Ranjitsinhji, after whom the tournament is named

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 41 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 associations are regional, like the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association and Mumbai Cricket Association, two, Railways and Services, are pan-Indian.

Current teams[edit]

The following 28 teams currently participate in the Ranji Trophy: