Ranji Trophy is amongst the oldest and most prominent first-class cricket championship played in India. Several regional and state cricket associations’ teams compete in the Ranji tournament. It is one of the most competitive domestic tournaments across the world where the best talent in the country compete to hone and demonstrate their cricketing skills.
The competition is named after Ranjitsinhji, Maharaja Jam Saheb of Nawanagar, also known as Ranji to commemorate his illustrious career in cricket. He is believed to be one of the best cricketers India has ever produced. The inaugural Ranji Trophy was played in 1934-35, comprising of 15 teams. Mumbai was the first team to make its name in the Ranji Trophy winners list; they defeated North India in the final and became the maiden champions. There have been a total 86 seasons by 2019-2020, amongst which 41 have been won by Mumbai.
Format of Ranji Trophy in Different Seasons
In the first season, teams were divided into 4 zones, i.e. North, South, East and West, following the Knockout format. In the 1952-53 editions, a new zone was added, i.e. Central Zone. The same format was followed till 1956-57. Thereafter, the league bases format was adapted to determine the winner from each zone. The winners of the five zones competed in the knockout stage of the tournament. .
This format continued until 1970-71 season when few more changes introduced to the set pattern of the tournament. The knockout stage now comprised of top two teams from each zone, which means ten teams played the knockout stage. The knockout stage of the tournament was again expanded in 1991-1992 to comprise of top three teams from each of the zones making it to the knockout stage. Thus, fifteen teams competed in the knockout stage.
The format was again changed in the 2002-03 season, the zonal system was substituted with a two-division structure -Elite Group (15 teams) and the Plate Group (comprising of the rest of the teams), thereafter number of formats have been tested with minor or major changes.
In the 2012-13 edition, three groups (A, B&C), each with nine teams, were introduced. The top three teams from each group contested in the knockout phase.
The 2020-21 Ranji season was cancelled, for the first time in the history of the tournament, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 87th edition of the tournament is scheduled to be held in 2022. Scroll down to have a look at the Ranji trophy winner team list.
List of Ranji Trophy Winners from 1934-2021
Mumbai Cricket Team was the first team to win the maiden title and has won maximum times, i.e. 41 times, followed by Karnataka/Mysore, which has lifted the trophy 8 times. Delhi and Baroda have been champions 7 and 5 times, respectively. Holkar has won the series 4 times.
Saurashtra/Nawanagar/Western India won the tournament 3 times. Vidarbha, Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Hyderabad, Maharashtra and Railways won twice. Uttar Pradesh/United Provinces, Punjab/Southern Punjab, Gujarat and Haryana Railways have won the finals 1 time. Teams that have not made it to the list of winners of the Ranji Trophy are Services, Bihar and Northern India.
|Season||Tournament Format||Winning Team||Runners-up|
|2021-2022||Round-robin then knockout|
|2020-2021||Cancelled Due To Covid-19|
|2019-20||Round-robin then knockout||Saurashtra Won with a lead in the first innings||Bengal|
|2018-19||Round-robin then knockout||Vidarbha won by 78 runs||Saurashtra|
|2017-18||Round-robin then knockout||Vidarbha won by 9 wickets||Delhi|
|2016-17||Round-robin then knockout||Gujarat won by 5 wickets||Mumbai|
|2015-16||Round-robin then knockout||Mumbai won by an innings and 21 runs||Saurashtra|
|2014-15||Round-robin then knockout||Karnataka won by an innings and 217 runs||Tamil Nadu|
|2013-14||Round-robin then knockout||Karnataka won by 7 wickets||Maharashtra|
|2012-13||Round-robin then knockout||Mumbai win by an innings and 125 runs||Saurashtra|
|2011-12||Round-robin then knockout||Match drawn (Rajasthan won on 1st innings)||Tamil Nadu|
|2010-11||Round-robin then knockout||Match was drawn (Rajasthan wins on First Innings Lead)||Baroda|
|2009-10||Round-robin then knockout||Mumbai won by 6 runs||Karnataka|
|2008-09||League and knockout||Mumbai won by 243 runs||Uttar Pradesh|
|2007-08||League and knockout||Delhi Won by nine wickets||Uttar Pradesh|
|2006-07||League and knockout||Mumbai Won by 132 runs||Bengal|
|2005-06||League and knockout||Uttar Pradesh won on first-innings lead||Bengal|
|2004-05||League and knockout||Railways won on first-innings lead||Punjab|
|2003-04||League and knockout||Mumbai won on first-innings lead||Tamil Nadu|
|2002-03||League and knockout||Mumbai won by 141 runs||Tamil Nadu|
|2001-02||League and knockout||Railways won by 277 runs||Baroda|
|2000-01||League and knockout||Baroda won by 21 runs||Railways|
|1999-2000||League and knockout||Mumbai won by 297 runs||Hyderabad|
|1998-99||League and knockout||Karnataka won by 96 runs||Madhya Pradesh|
|1997-98||League and knockout||Karnataka Match drawn (Karnataka won on first-innings lead)||Uttar Pradesh|
|1996-97||League and knockout||Mumbai won on first-innings lead||Delhi|
|1995-96||League and knockout||Karnataka Match drawn (Karnataka won on first-innings lead)||Tamil Nadu|
|1994-95||League and knockout||Bombay won on first-innings lead||Punjab|
|1993-94||League and knockout||Bombay won by 8 wickets||Bengal|
|1992-93||League and knockout||Punjab won by 120 runs||Maharashtra|
|1991-92||League and knockout||Delhi Match drawn (Delhi won on first-innings lead)||Tamil Nadu|
|1990-91||League and knockout||Haryana won by two runs||Bombay|
|1989-90||League and knockout||Bengal won runs per wicket||Delhi|
|1988-89||League and knockout||Delhi won by an innings and 210 runs||Bengal|
|1987-88||League and knockout||Tamil Nadu won by an innings and 144 runs||Railways|
|1986-87||League and knockout||Hyderabad won on first-innings lead||Delhi|
|1985-86||League and knockout||Delhi won by an innings and 141 runs||Haryana|
|1984-85||League and knockout||Bombay won on by 90 runs||Delhi|
|1983-84||League and knockout||Bombay won on first-innings lead||Delhi|
|1982-83||League and knockout||Karnataka won on first-innings lead||Bombay|
|1981-82||League and knockout||Delhi won on first-innings lead||Karnataka|
|1980-81||League and knockout||Bombay won by an innings and 46 runs||Delhi|
|1979-80||League and knockout||Delhi won by 240 runs||Bombay|
|1978-79||League and knockout||Delhi won by 399 runs||Karnataka|
|1977-78||League and knockout||Karnataka won by an innings and 193 runs||Uttar Pradesh|
|1976-77||League and knockout||Bombay won by 129 runs||Delhi|
|1975-76||League and knockout||Bombay won by 10 wickets||Bihar|
|1974-75||League and knockout||Bombay won by 7 wickets||Karnataka|
|1973-74||League and knockout||Karnataka won by 185 runs||Rajasthan|
|1972-73||League and knockout||Bombay won by 123 runs||Tamil Nadu|
|1971-72||League and knockout||Bombay won by 246 runs||Bengal|
|1970-71||League and knockout||Bombay won by 48 runs||Maharashtra|
|1969-70||League and knockout||Bombay won by an innings and 59 runs||Rajasthan|
|1968-69||League and knockout||Bombay won on first-innings lead||Bengal|
|1967-68||League and knockout||Bombay won on first-innings lead||Madras|
|1966-67||League and knockout||Bombay won on first-innings lead||Rajasthan|
|1965-66||League and knockout||Bombay won by eight wickets||Rajasthan|
|1964-65||League and knockout||Bombay won by an innings and 126 runs||Hyderabad|
|1963-64||League and knockout||Bombay won by 9 wickets||Rajasthan|
|1962-63||League and knockout||Bombay won by an innings and 19 runs||Rajasthan|
|1961-62||League and knockout||Bombay won by an innings and 287 runs||Rajasthan|
|1960-61||League and knockout||Bombay won 7 wickets||Rajasthan|
|1959-60||League and knockout||Bombay won by an innings and 22 runs||Mysore|
|1958-59||League and knockout||Bombay won by 420 runs||Bengal|
|1957-58||League and knockout||Baroda Baroda won by an innings and 51 runs||Services|
|1956-57||Knockout||Bombay won by an innings and 38 runs||Services|
|1955-56||Knockout||Bombay won by 8 wickets||Bengal|
|1954-55||Knockout||Madras won by 46 runs||Holkar|
|1953-54||Knockout||Bombay won by 8 wickets||Holkar|
|1952-53||Knockout||Holkar on first-innings lead||Bengal|
|1951-52||Knockout||Bombay won by 531 runs||Holkar|
|1950-51||Knockout||Holkar won by 189 runs||Gujarat|
|1949-50||Knockout||Baroda won by 4 wickets||Holkar|
|1948-49||Knockout||Bombay won by 468 runs||Baroda|
|1947-48||Knockout||Holkar Won by 9 wickets||Bombay|
|1946-47||Knockout||Baroda won by an innings and 409 runs||Holkar 202 (83.2 overs) and 173 (67 overs)|
|1945-46||Knockout||Holkar won by 106 runs||Baroda|
|1944-45||Knockout||Bombay won by 374 runs||Holkar|
|1943-44||Knockout||Western India won by innings and 23 runs||Bengal|
|1942-43||Knockout||Baroda won by 307 runs||Hyderabad|
|1941-42||Knockout||Bombay won by an innings and 281 runs||Mysore|
|1940-41||Knockout||Maharashtra won by 6 wickets||Madras|
|1939-40||Knockout||Maharashtra won by 10 wickets||United Provinces|
|1938-39||Knockout||Bengal won by 178 runs||Southern Punjab|
|1937-38||Knockout||Hyderabad won by 1 wicket||Nawanagar|
|1936-37||Knockout||Nawanagar won by 256 runs||Bengal|
|1935-36||Knockout||Bombay won by 190 runs||Madras|
|1934-35||Knockout||Bombay won by 208 runs||Northern India|
Best Players of Ranji Trophy from All the Seasons
|Season||Number of Teams||Most Runs Scored By||Most Wickets Taken By|
|2020-2021||Cancelled Due to Covid-19|
|2019-20||38||Rahul Dalal (1,340)||Jaydev Unadkat (67)|
|2018-19||37||Milind Kumar (1,331)||Ashutosh Aman (68)|
|2017-18||28||Mayank Agarwal (1,160)||Jalaj Saxena (44)|
|2016-17||28||Priyank Panchal (1310)||Shahbaz Nadeem (56)|
|2015-16||27||Shreyas Iyer (1321)||Shahbaz Nadeem (51)|
|2013-14||27||Kedar Jadhav (Maharashtra) (1223)||Rishi Dhawan (Himachal Pradesh) (49)|
|2012-13||27||Jiwanjot Singh (Punjab) (995)||Ishwar Pandey (Madhya Pradesh) (48)|
|2011-12||27||Robin Best (Rajasthan) (1034)||TP Sudhindra (Madhya Pradesh) (40)|
|2010-11||27||Subramaniam Badrinath (922)||Bhargav Bhatt (47)|
|2009-10||27||Manish Pandey (882)||Abhimanyu Mithun (47)|
|2008-09||27||Wasim Jaffer (Mumbai) (1260)||Dhawal Kulkarni (Mumbai) (42) Ravindra Jadeja (Saurashtra) (42)|
|2007-08||27||Robin Uthappa (Karnataka) (854)||Ranade Bose (Bengal) (57)|
|2006-07||27||Robin Uthappa (Karnataka) (854)||Ranade Bose (Bengal) (57)|
|2005-06||27||Ajay Jadeja (Rajasthan) (684)||Ramesh Powar (Mumbai) (42)|
|2004-05||27||Niraj Patel (Gujarat) (735)||Gagandeep Singh (Punjab) (39)|
|2003-04||27||Dheeraj Jadhav (Maharashtra) (1066)||Narendra Hirwani (Madhya Pradesh) (45)|
|2002-03||27||Gautam Gambhir (Delhi) (833)||Lakshmipathy Balaji (Tamil Nadu) and Sunil Joshi (47)|
|2001-02||27||Amit Pagnis (Railways) (800)||Utpal Chatterjee (Bengal) (39)|
|2000-01||27||Yere Goud (Railways) (901)||Dodda Ganesh (Karnataka) (37)|
|1999-2000||27||V. V. S. Laxman (Hyderabad) (1415)||Kanwaljit Singh (Hyderabad) (62)|
|1998-99||27||Vijay Bharadwaj (Karnataka) (1280)||Dodda Ganesh (Karnataka) (62)|
|1997-98||27||Vinod Kambli (Bombay) (880)||Paras Mhambrey (Bombay) (48)[|
|1996-97||27||Raman Lamba (Delhi) (1034)||Rajesh Chauhan (Madhya Pradesh) (52)|
|1995-96||26||M. V. Sridhar (Hyderabad) (868)||Sunil Joshi (Karnataka) (52)|
|1994-95||27||Sachin Tendulkar (Bombay) (856)||Prasad Rao (Bihar) (36)|
|1993-94||27||M. V. Sridhar (Hyderabad) (757)||Pradeep Jain (Haryana) (46)[|
|1992-93||26||Santosh Jedhe (Maharashtra) (867)||Bharati Vij (Punjab) (49)|
|1991-92||27||Ajay Sharma (Delhi) (933)||Maninder Singh (Delhi) (58)|
|1990-91||27||Amarjit Kaypee (Haryana) (940)||Chetan Sharma (Haryana) (39)|
|1989-90||27||M. V. Sridhar (Hyderabad) (729)||Atul Wassan (Delhi) (39)[|
|1988-89||27||Workers Raman (Tamil Nadu) (1,018)||Manoj Prabhakar (Delhi) (39)|
|1987-88||Brijesh Patel (Karnataka) (596)||M. Venkataramana (Tamil Nadu) (35)|
|1986-87||27||Carlton Saldanha (Karnataka) (782)||Sunil Lahore (Madhya Pradesh) (32)|
|1985-86||27||Kirti Azad (Delhi) (834)||Sarkar Talwar (Haryana) (45)|
|1984-85||24||Ghulam Parkar (Bombay) (660)||Rajinder Goel (Haryana) (39)|
|1983-84||24||Surinder Khanna (Delhi) (685)||Rajinder Goel (Haryana) (48)|
|1982-83||24||Anshuman Gaekwad (Baroda) (731)||Raghuram Bhat (Karnataka) (42)|
|1981-82||24||Sunil Gavaskar (Bombay) (632)||Raghuram Bhat (Karnataka)|
|1980-81||24||Ghulam Parkar (Bombay) (732)||Madan Lal (Delhi) (33)|
|1979-80||24||Dilip Vengsarkar (Bombay) (763)||Rajinder Goel (Haryana) (44)|
|1978-79||24||Brijesh Patel (Karnataka) (850)||Rajinder Goel (Haryana) (41)|
|1977-78||24||Venkat Sunderam (Delhi) (608)||Rajinder Singh Hans (Uttar Pradesh) (52)|
|1976-77||24||Ashok Mankad (Bombay) (827)||Karsan Ghavri (Bombay) (40)|
|1975-76||24||Yajurvindra Singh (Maharashtra) (583)||Abdul Ismail (Bombay) (38)|
|1974-75||24||Ashok Mankad (Bombay) (575)[||Bishan Bedi (Delhi) (64)|
|1973-74||24||Hemant Kanitkar (Maharashtra) (629)||B. S. Chandrasekhar (Karnataka) (55)|
|1972-73||24||Chetan Chauhan (Maharashtra) (873)||S. Venkataraghavan (Tamil Nadu) (58)|
|1971-72||24||Chetan Chauhan (Maharashtra) (540)||Padmakar Shivalkar (Bombay) (41)|
|1970-71||24||Hemant Kanitkar (Maharashtra) (687||B. S. Chandrasekhar (Mysore) (46)|
|1969-70||23||Ashok Mankad (Bombay) (540)||Kailash Gattani (Rajasthan) (41)|
|1968-69||23||Vijay Bhosle (Bombay)(507)||E. A. S. Prasanna (Mysore) (39)|
|1967-68||22||K. R. Rajagopal (Madras) (729||S. Venkataraghavan (Madras) (46)[|
|1966-67||24||Hanumant Singh (Rajasthan) (869)||B. S. Chandrasekhar (Mysore) (35)|
|1965-66||24||Ajit Wadekar (Bombay) (695)||B. S. Chandrasekhar (Mysore) (37)|
|1964-65||24||M. L. Jaisimha (Hyderabad) (713)||M. Jairam (Hyderabad) (34)[|
|1963-64||24||Vijay Mehra (Delhi) (601)||Vijay Sondhi (Delhi) (32)|
|1962-63||21||Pankaj Roy (Bengal) (662)||Baloo Gupte (Bombay) (38)|
|1961-62||23||Harcharan Singh (Southern Punjab) (495)||P. Sitaram (Delhi) (40)|
|1960-61||24||R. G. Nadkarni (Bombay) (531)||Salim Durani (Rajasthan) (35)|
|1959-60||24||Rusi Surti (Rajasthan) (539)||B. Y. Alva (Mysore) (36)|
|1958-59||23||Pankaj Roy (Bengal) (605)||Ramakant Desai (Bombay) (50)|
|1957-58||22||Polly Umrigar (Bombay) (594)||Ghulam Ahmed (Hyderabad) and V.V. Kumar (Madras) (28)|
|1956-57||22||Ramnath Kenny (Bombay) (529)||Polly Umrigar (Bombay) (35)|
|1955-56||22||Polly Umrigar (Bombay) (595)||Premangsu Chatterjee (Bengal)|
|1954-55||20||A. G. Kripal Singh (Madras) (636)||M. K. Murugesh (Madras) (23)|
|1953-54||21||Madhav Mantri (Bombay) (522)||Chandu Sarwate (Holkar) (23)[|
|1952-53||20||Bhausaheb Nimbalkar (Holkar) (474)||Montu Banerjee (Bengal) (26)|
|1951-52||21||Hemu Adhikari (Services) (554)[||Dattu Phadkar (Bombay) (32)|
|1950-51||20||Chandu Sarwate (Holkar) (699)||Iqbal Karan (Services) (33)|
|1949-50||19||Vijay Hazare (Baroda)||Hiralal Gaekwad (Holkar) (29)|
|1948-49||15||Dattu Phadkar (Bombay) (570)||Ranga Sohoni (Baroda) (33)|
|1947-48||17||K. C. Ibrahim (Bombay) (606)||Hiralal Gaekwad (Holkar) (29)|
|1946-47||19||Gul Mohammad (Baroda) (596)||Vijay Hazare (Baroda) (38)|
|1945-46||21||Hemu Adhikari (Baroda) (555)||Amir Elahi (Baroda) (30)|
|1944-45||17||Rusi Modi (Bombay) (1008)||C. S. Nayudu (Holkar) (33)[|
|1943-44||19||Vijay Merchant (Bombay) (553)||Vijay Merchant (Bombay) (553)|
|1942-43||13||Vijay Hazare (Baroda) (398)||C. S. Nayudu (Baroda) (40)|
|1941-42||18||K.C. Ibrahim (Bombay) (469)||B. K. Garudachar (Mysore)|
|1940-41||19||Ranga Sohoni (Maharashtra)||Chandu Sarwate (Maharashtra) (24)|
|1939-40||18||Vijay Hazare (Maharashtra) (619)||Vijay Hazare (Maharashtra) (20)|
|1938-39||19||Normal Jeoomal (Sind) (418)||Amir Elahi (Nawanagar) (28)|
|1937-38||18||Amar Singh (Nawanagar) (370)||Amar Singh (Nawanagar) (24)|
|1936-37||17||Sorabji Colah (Nawanagar) (384)||Amar Singh (Nawanagar) (28)|
|1935-36||16||S. M. Kadri (Bombay) (515)||A.G. Ram Singh (Madras) (28)[|
|1934-35||15||Vijay Merchant (Bombay) (389)||A.G. Ram Singh (Madras) (22)|
Current Teams to Contest Ranji Trophy
Currently there are 38 teams which are participating in the Ranji Trophy
- Arunachal Pradesh
- Himachal Pradesh
- Hyderabad (Telangana)
- Jammu and Kashmir
- Karnataka (Mysore)
- Madhya Pradesh (Central India/Gwalior/Holkar/Madhya Bharat)
- Mumbai (Bombay)
- Odisha (Orissa)
- Rajasthan (Rajputana)
- Saurashtra (Kathiawar/Nawanagar)
- Services (Army)
- Tamil Nadu (Madras)
- Uttar Pradesh (United Provinces)
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Little known facts about the Ranji Trophy
1. The concept of the Ranji Trophy is believed to have started in the 1930s, and it was initially known as Cricket Championship in India.
3. Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala presented the trophy to the winners of the first season.
4. The semi-final of the 1945-46 Ranji Trophy is one of the most remembered matches as the first and the only tied match. The match was played between Baroda and Southern Punjab. Baroda was declared the winner of the semi-final by a coin-flip. Interestingly, Baroda won the preceding zonal final match of the west zone against Bombay (as it was called back then) also through a flip of coin to enter the semi-final.
5. In 2018, 24-year-old Rajneesh Gurbani of Vidarbha created history by becoming the second bowler to bag a hat-trick in the final match of the Ranji Trophy. After the Ranji final, the name of the cricketer was added to record books with figures of 6/59.
6. In the initial years of the Ranji trophy, if the final match was a draw, then the tournament’s winner was based on both teams’ performance in the first innings.
7. Rajasthan has made it to the Ranji Trophy finals 8 times between 1960-61 and 1973-74 seasons and always ended up runners-up. However, the team bagged the Ranji trophy consecutively in 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.
8. Mumbai (Bombay) have won the tournament the most times with 41 wins, including 15 back-to-back wins from 1958-59 to 1972-73.
Named after one of the first Indian cricketer of international repute and king of Jamnagar, Colonel H. H. Shri Sir Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji II aka Ranji, the Ranji Trophy is amongst the noted cricket championship. Ever since the tournament is inaugurated in 1934-35, there have been various changes in its format. The current format follows Round-robin then knockout format.
Unfortunately, the previous edition of the Ranji Trophy was cancelled due to a Pandemic, but we look forward to a new season that will commence in 2022, wishing all the luck to 38 contesting teams.
The first season of the Ranji Trophy was played in 1934-35 between Mumbai & North India, and the winner was Mumbai.
Over the years, the number of teams has increased. The first season started with 13 teams, and the 87th season scheduled in 2021-22, would have 38th teams.
Mumbai has won Ranji Trophy 41 times which are the highest number.
Wasim Jaffer has made the highest runs, i.e. 12,038 from 1996-2020.
Karnataka has won the Ranji Trophy eight times.
For the first time, Ranji Trophy was cancelled in 2021 due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.
Hyderabad team has won twice (1937-38 & 1986-87) and has been runner up for three times (1942-43, 1964-65 and 1999-2000).
V. V. S. Laxman has scored maximum number of runs in the 1999-2000 edition.
The ace cricketer and Punjab Kings batting coach (in IPL) Wasim Jaffer has scored highest runs i.e. 12,038 in his Ranji Trophy career.
Ashutosh Aman has taken highest wickets i.e. 50 wickets in the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy tournaments.
Ashutosh Aman has taken 68 wickets which is the highest number in the history of Ranji Trophy.