Why Mumbai is considered as a state in Ranji Trophy(Indian Domestic Cricket)


The 83rd season of Ranji Trophy 2016–17 has just been finished in Indore, where Parthiv Patel led Gujarat bulldozed defending champions Mumbai to pull off a historic victory for their maiden Ranji title. This is only the 5th time when a Mumbai team tasted defeat in the final of India's premier domestic cricket tournament. However, they had a record of forty one Ranji titles, a remarkable feat, other teams can only dream about.

The reason behind Mumbai's tremendous domestic success is its rich cricket history & culture. Generation after generation Mumbai has produced numerous Test players to the Indian National side. From Polly Umrigar to Vinoo Mankad, Or Sunil Gavaskar to Sachin Tendulkar, Mumbai Cricket has always been a treasure hunt.

Here, all notable cricketers from Mumbai till date Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Ajit Agarlar, Wasim Jaffer, Ramesh Power, Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar, Vinod Kambli, Ajit Wadekar, Sanjay Manjrekar, Vijay Hazare, Vijay Merchant,...

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Ranji Trophy is one of the finest domestic cricket tournaments in the world where players give their best in order to make it to the national team. The competition was named after Ranjitsinhji, also known as Ranji, who was the first Indian cricketer to play for England and Sussex.

The tournament comprises of 27 teams which are divided into three pools A,B, and C. During the group stages, all the teams play a minimum of eight matches each. Three teams from pools A and B make it to the quarter-finals while two teams from Pool C qualify for the next round. Mumbai has been the most successful Ranji team, winning the elite tournament, a record 41 times.

The rules in the Ranji trophy are pretty strange. If the game ends in a draw, the outcome of the match is decided on the basis of the teams’ performance in the first innings. Despite this, however, the Ranji trophy is still a must watch for every cricket fan in the world. Here are 5 reasons why:

#1 To get a...

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Ranji trophy is the first domestic first-class cricket championship played in India between different city and state sides. It is very similar in pattern to the County Championship in England. It is undoubtedly the most important tournament in India's domestic cricket season. Players who perform well in the Ranji have a very fair chance to play for India at the international level; this is why Ranji turns out to be one of the finest exhibitions of India’s young cricket talent. Not only selectors but also the cricket crazy people in the country look forward to this tournament. It is organized by BCCI, The Board of Control for Cricket in India every year.

The first Ranji Trophy took place in the 1934-35. It was then thought to be named as the ‘The Cricket Championship of India’. However, later the name was kept Ranji, after Sir Ranjitsinghji Vibhaji of Nawanagar, who has the honor of playing test cricket for England and is widely regarded as one of the finest...

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The 2016-17 Ranji Trophy final will be played between defending champions Mumbai and Gujarat, who have made it into the final for the first time since the 1951-52 season. While Mumbai will be looking to win their 42nd Ranji Trophy, Gujarat will be looking to win India's domestic first-class cricket championship for the first time when the two teams face off in the final at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.

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In the 83 years of the Ranji Trophy, Mumbai have reached the finals on 46 occasions and being the most successful team in the Ranji Trophy history they will be determined to add another title to their name. Mumbai topped group A without losing a single match, winning three and drawing five. Mumbai took on Tamil Nadu in the semifinals and with Mumbai needing 251 runs to win, their debutant Prithvi Shaw stole the show as he became the first player for Mumbai to score a century on...

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Mumbai 371 (Iyer 117, Lad 88, Unadkat 4-118) beat Saurashtra 235 (Vasavada 77, Mankad 66, Kulkarni 5-42, Thakur 3-89) and 115 (Pujara 27, Thakur 5-26) by an innings and 21 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details


The Ranji Trophy final was delicately poised at the start of the third day. By lunch, it was dead and buried. Mumbai's first-innings lead was 33 when No. 11 Balwinder Sandhu joined Siddhesh Lad; by the time they finished, 33 became 136, aided by poor catching and defensive tactics from Saurashtra. Whatever happened after that was a futile attempt at damage control as Mumbai knocked the stuffing out of Saurashtra and sealed their 41st Ranji Trophy title with an innings win.

Having allowed Mumbai to score 371 from 268 for 9, Saurashtra suffered a top-order brain freeze. Their batsmen fell just like they did in the first innings, getting drawn forward without feet movement, the bat coming down late to find the edge and bring the slip...

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The Haryana cricket team is a domestic cricket team based in the Indian state of Haryana. The team is run by the Haryana Cricket Association. In recent times it hasn't been very successful in the Ranji Trophy circuit. In the past, however, it has produced some of the biggest superstars to go on to play for the Indian cricket team, including Kapil Dev. It has won the Ranji Trophy 1 time and come runner-up once. Haryana (Hindi: , IPA: / /) is a state in north India. ... The Ranji Trophy is the domestic first-class cricket championship played in India between state and city sides, equivalent to county cricket in England and the Sheffield Shield in Australia, and also denotes the trophy that is awarded to the winner. ... The Indian cricket team is an international cricket team representing India. ... Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj was the former captian of the Indian Cricket Team. ...

Competition history

Haryana has never been considered a very strong team in...

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Tamil Nadu will face Mumbai at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium in Rajkot in a Ranji Trophy semi-final on January 1. Since cricket in India is a legacy of the British Empire and has historically been an urban sport, one would think that teams from two of the British Empire’s most important provincial capitals and ports would have formed an epic rivalry in the Ranji Trophy. The history of these games, however, suggests that calling it a rivalry would be generous — in a true rivalry, both teams ought to be more or less equally successful. But in the contemporary era, there could, perhaps, be the beginning of a rivalry.

Mumbai and Tamil Nadu have met only 26 times in 82 Ranji Trophy tournaments because, for the vast majority of those 82 tournaments, the league phase was a zonal competition. Further, unlike — say — Delhi or to a lesser extent Karnataka, Tamil Nadu have never been a predominant power in domestic cricket. The possibility of Tamil Nadu claiming to have a...

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Senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar will boost Mumbai's batting in their Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Baroda, in Mumbai from January 6, but the 39-time champions will miss pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, who is sidelined with a calf injury.

Tendulkar recently retired from One-Day Internationals and is available for Mumbai's remaining Ranji campaign, but Zaheer is out with a calf injury sustained during the team's last league game against Gujarat at the D Y Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai.

"Zaheer has sustained a calf injury and is currently in rehab mode at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore," said Mumbai Cricket Association joint-secretary and selection meeting convenor Nitin Dalal.

The team, selected for the knock-out game scheduled at the Wankhede stadium, will be led by Ajit Agarkar, who is fit after missing the tie against Gujarat due to an injury.

Mumbai will also miss the services of key batsmen Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma, both members of...

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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 a 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. Gujarat is the current Ranji Trophy champion, having beaten Mumbai by 5 wickets in the final of the 2016–17 season held in Holkar Stadium, Indore.


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...

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Story starts in 1934, BCCI meeting in Bombay (now Mumbai), and plan is set for a huge tournament the next year. why it was named Ranji Trophy? Ranjisinhji Vibhaji Jadeja, the Prince of Nawanagar in Gujarat, was easily the most famous cricketer of Indian origin then. Since Britain still ruled the country, they decided to name the tournament in his honour, although Ranjisinhji played test cricket for England and nearly nothing in India. He died in 1933, an year before Ranji Trophy tournament started.

It was an instant success, specially among British...

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Which Ranji Trophy team has given India the most players? Who comes next? How many Ranji Trophy teams have produced Test players? Has there ever been an occasion where all players in a side were from different states? Has India ever fielded a side without anyone from either Bombay (Mumbai) or Karnataka (Mysore)? How many Ranji Trophy teams has a player represented while playing Tests for India? B Sreeram and Abhishek Mukherjee answer these, and several other questions.

Ranji Trophy is the stepping stone to Test cricket, they say. Indeed, there have been a limited few who have donned India whites without that initial stepping stone. For some, the Ranji cap is almost as coveted as the ultimate goal. Some, like BB Nimbalkar, Padmakar Shivalkar, Rajinder Goel, and Sadanand Mohol, could never make it to Test level. Some others, on the other hand, like Budhi Kunderan and Parthiv Patel (not to speak of men who played Test cricket before Ranji Trophy was initiated), made their Ranji...

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The Mumbai cricket team is a cricket team representing the city of Mumbai in Indian domestic cricket. The team's primary home ground is the Wankhede Stadium in South Mumbai. Secondary home venues include the MCA ground in Bandra Kurla Complex and Brabourne Stadium. The team comes under the West Zone designation. It was formerly known as the Bombay cricket team, but changed when the city was officially renamed from Bombay to Mumbai.

Mumbai is the most successful team in the history of Ranji Trophy, India's premier domestic cricket competition, with 41 titles, the most recent being in 2015–16. It also has 14 Irani Cup titles to its name, also the most by any team. Mumbai has produced some of the greatest Indian cricketers of all time such as Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Vijay Merchant, Polly Umrigar and Dilip Vengsarkar.

Competition history[edit]

Mumbai is one of three teams located in the state of Maharashtra (the others being the Maharashtra cricket...

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A few days after a hard-fought quarter-final win against Hyderabad, Mumbai captain Aditya Tare's mind went back to the 2006-07 Ranji Trophy season. Back then, Mumbai had a disastrous start to their campaign with no points from their first three games. However, under the leadership of captain Amol Muzumdar and coach Pravin Amre, they rebounded spectacularly to win five matches in a row and claim their 37th title.

One game, though, stands out in Tare's memory: Mumbai's 63-run win against Baroda in the semi-finals after being reduced to 0 for 5 by Irfan Pathan in their second innings. It's a game Tare and his team often talk about in the dressing room; to him, such matches re-inforce Mumbai's ability to find a way to win no matter how dire the situation. Although Mumbai haven't endured the sort of crisis Muzumdar & Co. were confronted with a decade ago, they could use the inspiration given their patchy performance this year.

While it's easy to look at the standings...

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India's domestic cricket season comprises of Test, ODI & T20 format which runs every season from September/October to March/April. Here are the details:

Ranji Trophy

The Ranji Trophy was started in the 1934-1935 season and it was named after KS Ranjit Sinhji Vibhaji, the Prince of Nawanagar. The Ranji Trophy is the premier
domestic cricket competition held in India. The games are played amongst state and city sides.

Most no. wins in Ranji Trophy: Mumbai have been Ranji Trophy a
total of 41 times, equal to number of times all other teams have won
combined. Once Mumbai won Ranji Trophy straight 15 times straight
between 1956 and 1973. They've reached final 45 times and won the title
41 times, 10 times by innings margin! In second team tag goes to Karnataka who have won Ranji Trophy 7 times, followed closely by Delhi with 7 times, Baroda 5 times and Holkar 4 times, Bengal won it 2 times.

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Rajasthan vs Punjab Punjab (2nd innings) Over: 41 II Score: 149/1 (J Singh 80*, Choudhary 1/45) [Punjab 215/10 (1st innings), Rajasthan 222/10 and 196/10]

#Rajasthan (2nd innings) Over: 50.2 II Score: 176/7 ( Parida 27*, Dhanda 2/42) [Punjab 215/10 (1st innings), Rajasthan 222/10 (1st innings)]

#Rajasthan (2nd innings) Over: 31.2 II Score: 98/3 ( Deshpande 9*, Dhanda 2/42) [Punjab 215/10 (1st innings), Rajasthan 222/10 (1st innings)]

#Punjab (1st innings) Over: 78.4 II Score: 215/10 ( Singh 29*, Pankaj Singh 1/13) [Rajasthan 222/10 (1st innings)]

Mumbai vs Bengal Bengal (2nd innings) Over: 16 II Score: 47/0 ( Banerjee 23*)

Mumbai vs Bengal Mumbai (2nd innings) Over: 74.4 II Score: 294/5 dclrd ( Shah 118, Shukla 2/39) [Mumbai 297/10 (1st innings), Bengal 201/10 (1st innings)]

#Mumbai (2nd innings) Over: 38...

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Virender Sehwag has moved from Delhi to Haryana, Wasim Jaffer from Mumbai to Vidarbha, Pragyan Ojha from Hyderabad to Bengal, and RP Singh will play alongside Parthiv Patel for Gujarat in 2015-16. These are just some of the high-profile transfers that have taken place this Ranji Trophy season.

A player moving from one team to another is not a new phenomenon in the Ranji Trophy, but it's the first time that so many big names are heading to different states. Let's look at why these transfers take place.

It has a lot to do with the players' ages and what stage of their careers they are in. Most players spend their best years with their home state for a variety of reasons. The relationship between a player and his state develops over time.

It starts with the state association acting as a provider and the player being the beneficiary. After a few years the equation changes, when the player starts repaying the faith and investment the state has put in him. He...

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If there is an aura about Mumbai, it is not without reason. They have won as many titles as the rest of the country combined. © Joshua Veernathan

Forty-one of 82. An even 50%. That’s primarily the reason why Mumbai are such a feared entity in Indian domestic cricket.

First as Bombay, and now as Mumbai, with legends of the game and relative novices trying to make a name for themselves and push for higher honours, the powerhouses of Indian cricket have won as many Ranji Trophy titles as the rest of the country combined. If there is an aura about Mumbai, it is not without reason. Most teams are beaten even before the title clash begins – how else can you explain 41 victories in 45 finals? – no matter what names constitute the playing XI.

Where Mumbai are the established title-meisters, Gujarat are the underdogs, the people’s favourite, if you like. As with champion outfits or individuals, there are more people rooting against you than for you. How much the...

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