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The Ranji Trophy is a domestic first-class cricket championship played in Indiamarker between different city and state sides, equivalent to the County Championship in Englandmarker and the Sheffield Shield in Australia. The competition is named after Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji (Jam Sahib of Nawanagar, also known as "Ranji").


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 Bhupinder Singh, the Maharajah of Patiala. The first Ranji Trophy Championship was won by Bombay after they defeated North India in the final. Syed Mohammed Hadi of Hyderabad was the first batsman to score a hundred.

Mumbai (formerly Bombay) have been the dominant team in the Championship so far, with 38 wins, including 15 back-to-back wins from 1958–59 to 1972–73.


Most of the teams playing in the Ranji Trophy represent states of India. However, there are teams that represent individual cities such as Mumbai or Hyderabad. The competition also includes teams that have no regional affiliations, such as Railways and Services.

Up until the 2002–03 season, the teams were grouped into five zones – North, West, East, Central and South – and initial matches were played within the zones on a league basis. The top teams (two until 1991–92, three after that) from each zone played in a national knock-out competition, leading to a final which decided the winner of the tournament.

Starting with the 2002–03 season, the zonal system was abandoned and a two-division structure was adopted: the Elite Group and the Plate Group. For the 2006–07 season, the divisions were re-labelled the Super League and Plate League respectively.

The Super League is divided into two groups of eight and seven teams, while the Plate League is divided into two groups of six teams each. In both divisions, the top two teams from each group advance to the knock-out phase. The finalists from the Plate League are promoted to the Super League the next year while the two teams at the bottom of the Super League are relegated.

New Ranji format from 2008–09 season, the top two Plate teams join three teams each from the two groups in the Super League to play a knock-out from the quarter-final stage. The new format, thus, gives a relegated side realistic chance of winning the title.

Points summary

Points in the league stages of both divisions are awarded as follows:
Scenario Points
Win Outright 5
Bonus Point (for innings and 10 wicket wins) 1
1st Innings Lead 3 *
No Result 1
1st Innings Deficit 1 *
Lost Outright 0
note* – If match ends in a draw.


The teams listed below are competing in the Ranji Trophy for the 2008–09 season. For a complete list of teams which have played in the competition at some point during its history, see Ranji Trophy - Historical Note.

Super League

Current Season – Ranji Trophy 2008–09

Group A

Group B

Plate League

Group A

Group B

Tournament records

Team records
Most wins 38 Mumbai (formerly Bombay)
Highest team score 944/6 decl. Hyderabad v Andhra 1993–94 [102362]
Lowest team score 22 Southern Punjab v Northern India 1934–35 [102363]

Individual match records
Highest individual innings 443* B. B. Nimbalkar Maharashtra v Kathiawar 1948–49 [102364]
Best innings bowling 10/20 Premangsu Chatterjee Bengal v Assam 1956–57 [102365]
Best match bowling 16/99 Anil Kumble Karnataka v Kerala 1994–95 [102366]

Individual season records
Most runs in a season 1415 KARTHIK RAJA R TAMIL NADU 1999–2000
Most centuries in a season 8 V. V. S. Laxman Hyderabad 1999–2000
Most wickets in a season 64 Bishan Bedi Delhi 1974–75

Individual career records
Most career runs 7623 Amarjit Kaypee 1980–2000
Most career centuries 31 Ajay Sharma 1984–2000
Highest career batting average 98.35 Vijay Merchant 1934–1951
Most career wickets 640 Rajinder Goel 1958–1985
Some sources credit Goel with 636 or 637 wickets instead — see Rajinder Goel article for details.

Past winners

Season Winner Runner-up
1934–35 Bombay Northern India
1935–36 Bombay Madras
1936–37 Nawanagar Bengal
1937–38 Hyderabad Nawanagar
1938–39 Bengal Southern Punjab
1939–40 Maharashtra United Provinces
1940–41 Maharashtra Madras
1941–42 Bombay Mysore
1942–43 Baroda Hyderabad
1943–44 Western India Bengal
1944–45 Bombay Holkar
1945–46 Holkar Baroda
1946–47 Baroda Holkar
1947–48 Holkar Bombay
1948–49 Bombay Baroda
1949–50 Baroda Holkar
1950–51 Holkar Gujarat
1951–52 Bombay Holkar
1952–53 Holkar Bengal
1953–54 Bombay Holkar
1954–55 Madras Holkar
1955–56 Bombay Bengal
1956–57 Bombay Services
1957–58 Baroda Services
1958–59 Bombay Bengal
1959–60 Bombay Mysore
1960–61 Bombay Rajasthan
1961–62 Bombay Rajasthan
1962–63 Bombay Rajasthan
1963–64 Bombay Rajasthan
1964–65 Bombay Hyderabad
1965–66 Bombay Rajasthan
1966–67 Bombay Rajasthan
1967–68 Bombay Madras
1968–69 Bombay Bengal
1969–70 Bombay Rajasthan
1970–71 Bombay Maharashtra
1971–72 Bombay Bengal
1972–73 Bombay Tamil Nadu
1973–74 Karnataka Rajasthan
1974–75 Bombay Karnataka
1975–76 Bombay Bihar
1976–77 Bombay Delhi
1977–78 Karnataka Uttar Pradesh
1978–79 Delhi Karnataka
1979–80 Delhi Bombay
1980–81 Bombay Delhi
1981–82 Delhi Karnataka
1982–83 Karnataka Bombay
1983–84 Bombay Delhi
1984–85 Bombay Delhi
1985–86 Delhi Haryana
1986–87 Hyderabad Delhi
1987–88 Tamil Nadu Railways
1988–89 Delhi Bengal
1989–90 Bengal Delhi
1990–91 Haryana Bombay
1991–92 Delhi Tamil Nadu
1992–93 Punjab Maharashtra
1993–94 Bombay Bengal
1994–95 Bombay Punjab
1995–96 Karnataka Tamil Nadu
1996–97 Mumbai Delhi
1997–98 Karnataka Uttar Pradesh
1998–99 Karnataka Madhya Pradesh
1999–2000 Mumbai Hyderabad
2000–01 Baroda Railways
2001–02 Railways Baroda
2002–03 Mumbai Tamil Nadu
2003–04 Mumbai Tamil Nadu
2004–05 Railways Punjab
2005–06 Uttar Pradesh Bengal
2006–07 Mumbai Bengal
2007–08 Delhi Uttar Pradesh
2008–09 Mumbai Uttar Pradesh

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