Rohinton Baria Trophy

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The All-India Inter-University Cricket Championship held for the Rohinton Baria Gold Trophy (or simply, Rohinton Baria Trophy) is India's premier inter-university cricket tournament. It has been contested annually since the 1935/36 season.

History[edit]

The trophy was donated in 1935 by Ardeshir Dadabhoy Baria of Bombay in memory of his son Rohinton, for a tournament to be played between the Indian universities. Initially, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) organised the tournament, but the Inter-University Sports Board of India (IUSB) took over in 1940/41.[1]

The university teams compete in zones before the winners and runners-up from each zone play off in semi-finals and finals. Until 1989/90, when the format was changed to a one-day 50-over contest, the finals were usually held over three or four days at the campus of one of the finalists or at a neutral venue. Sometimes matches were played to a finish regardless of time; the 1956-57 match went on for eight days and finished when Bombay University, having set Delhi University 728 to win, dismissed them for 611 in 304.1 overs.[2][3]

Apart from Indian universities, Ceylon University also participated from 1947/48 to 1969/70.[4] The only university from the future Pakistan to compete before partition was University of the Punjab, Lahore which won the title four times.

In its early decades participation in the tournament helped prepare many future Test and first-class players, especially in the larger universities.[5] In their team that won the 1940/41 final, Bombay University had four future Indian Test players (Ranga Sohoni, Hemu Adhikari, Chandra Sarwate and Sadu Shinde),[6] while in their 1958/59 champion team they had five future Test players (Arvind Apte, Dilip Sardesai, Ajit Wadekar – who scored 324 in the final – Farokh Engineer and Ramakant Desai).[7] In their 1945-46 team Punjab University included seven players (Nazar Mohammad, Imtiaz Ahmed, Maqsood Ahmed, Abdul Hafeez Kardar, Fazal Mahmood, Khan Mohammad and Shujauddin Butt) who later played a prominent part in Pakistan's Test successes in the 1950s.[8]

According to the writer and former Rohinton Baria Trophy and Ranji Trophy player Venkatraman Ramnarayan, the Rohinton Baria also provided a valuable "finishing school" for future leaders, and a model of dignified behaviour on the sports field which is now lacking.[9] With the rise of widespread junior competitions and coaching for young players, interest in inter-university cricket has waned in recent decades.[10]

Winners[edit]

Season 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd Place 4th Place
1935/36 Punjab University Bombay University N/A N/A
1936/37 Punjab University Nagpur University N/A N/A
1937/38 Punjab University Aligarh Muslim University N/A N/A
1938/39 Bombay University Punjab University N/A N/A
1939/40 Bombay University Mysore University N/A N/A
1940/41 Bombay University Benares Hindu University N/A N/A
1941/42 Bombay University Punjab University N/A N/A
1942/43 Bombay University Aligarh Muslim University N/A N/A
1943/44 Punjab University Madras University N/A N/A
1944/45 Bombay University Punjab University N/A N/A
1945/46 Bombay University Punjab University N/A N/A
1946/47 Bombay University Aligarh Muslim University N/A N/A
1947/48 Bombay University Agra University N/A N/A
1948/49 Bombay University Calcutta University N/A N/A
1949/50 Bombay University Calcutta University N/A N/A
1950/51 Mysore University Delhi University N/A N/A
1951/52 Mysore University Allahabad University N/A N/A
1952/53 Bombay University Delhi University N/A N/A
1953/54 Delhi University Mysore University N/A N/A
1954/55 Bombay University Panjab University N/A N/A
1955/56 Bombay University Delhi University N/A N/A
1956/57 Bombay University Delhi University N/A N/A
1957/58 Bombay University Panjab University N/A N/A
1958/59 Bombay University Delhi University N/A N/A
1959/60 Delhi University Bombay University N/A N/A
1960/61 Bombay University Allahabad University N/A N/A
1961/62 Mysore University Bombay University N/A N/A
1962/63 Poona University Madras University N/A N/A
1963/64 Bombay University Madras University N/A N/A
1964/65 Bombay University Calcutta University N/A N/A
1965/66 Bombay University Bangalore University N/A N/A
1966/67 Osmania University Bombay University N/A N/A
1967/68 Calcutta University Indore University N/A N/A
1968/69 Delhi University Osmania University N/A N/A
1969/70 Bombay University Bangalore University N/A N/A
1970/71 Madras University Bombay University N/A N/A
1971/72 Punjabi University Udaipur University N/A N/A
1972/73 Madras University Delhi University N/A N/A
1973/74 Delhi University Bangalore University N/A N/A
1974/75 Bombay University Delhi University N/A N/A
1975/76 Madras University Bombay University N/A N/A
1976/77 Osmania University Bombay University N/A N/A
1977/78 Delhi University Osmania University Calcutta University Bombay University
1978/79 Delhi University Bombay University Madras University Allahabad University
1979/80 Delhi University Osmania University Bangalore University Guru Nanak Dev University
1980/81 Delhi University Bombay University Madras University Calcutta University
1981/82 Delhi University Guru Nanak Dev University Madras University Calcutta University
1982/83 Delhi University Poona University Patna University Panjab University
1983/84 Delhi University Panjab University Poona University Bangalore University
1984/85 Bombay University Delhi University Panjab University Calcutta University
1985/86 Madras University Bombay University Delhi University Aligarh Muslim University
1986/87 Bangalore University Madras University Panjab University Calcutta University
1987/88 Delhi University Bangalore University Maharaja Sayajirao University Poona University
1988/89 Guru Nanak Dev University Delhi University Bombay University Rajasthan University
1989/90 Delhi University Guru Nanak Dev University Jamia Millia Islamia Panjab University
1990/91 Jamia Millia Islamia Poona University Delhi University Guru Nanak Dev University
1991/92 South Gujarat University Guru Nanak Dev University Gujarat University Delhi University
1992/93 Delhi University Bhavnagar University Bangalore University Kurukshetra University
1993/94 Guru Nanak Dev University Bombay University Lalit Narayan Mithila University Karnatak University
1994/95 Panjab University Ranchi University ? ?
1995/96 ? ? ? ?
1996/97 Guru Nanak Dev University ? ? ?
1997/98 Guru Nanak Dev University ? ? ?
1998/99 Delhi University Osmania University ? ?
1999/00 Madras University Barkatullah University ? ?
2000/01 ? Delhi University Madras University Osmania University
2001/02 Maharaja Sayajirao University Mumbai University ? ?
2002/03 Chaudhary Charan Singh University Gujarat University Bangalore University Ranchi University
2003/04 ? ? ? ?
2004/05 Calcutta University Jamia Millia Islamia Osmania University Mysore University
2005/06 Mumbai University ? ? ?
2006/07 Madras University Mysore University Calcutta University Saurashtra University
2007/08 Mumbai University Madras University SRM Institute of Science and Technology Guru Nanak Dev University
2008/09 Mumbai University SRM Institute of Science and Technology Delhi University Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University
2009/10 Mumbai University Punjabi University Madras University SRM Institute of Science and Technology
2010/11 Guru Nanak Dev University Mumbai University Osmania University Madras University
2011/12 Guru Nanak Dev University Banaras Hindu University Mumbai University Jain University
2012/13 Jain University Mumbai University Jamia Millia Islamia Jiwaji University
2013/14 Guru Nanak Dev University Maharshi Dayanand University Mumbai University Jain University
2014/15 Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University Delhi University Mumbai University SRM Institute of Science and Technology
2015/16 SRM Institute of Science and Technology Mumbai University Jain University Aligarh Muslim University
2016/17 Veer Narmad South Gujarat University Delhi University Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University Chaudhary Charan Singh University
2017/18 Maharishi Dayanand University Saurashtra University Guru Nanak Dev University Mumbai University
2018/19 Guru Nanak Dev University Mysore University Mumbai University Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "What is the Rohinton Baria Trophy?". NDTV Sports. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Bombay University v Delhi University 1956-57". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  3. ^ Mukherjee, Abhishek. "Bombay and Delhi Universities play cricket for 8 continuous days". Cricket Country. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Other matches played by Ceylon University". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  5. ^ Fuloria, Devashish. "Varsity cricket back in the spotlight". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Bombay University v Benares Hindu University 1940/41". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Bombay University v Delhi University 1958-59". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Calcutta University v Punjab University 1945-46". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  9. ^ Ramnarayan, V. (15 August 2014). "Oh, for the finishing school world cricket misses now". Wisden India. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  10. ^ Dasgupta, Shamya (15 September 2014). "Cricket can soar if it spreads its wings". Wisden India. Retrieved 2 October 2015.

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