Ranji Trophy in numbers

A file picture of the Ranji Trophy.   -  Vivek Bendre

83: The number of Ranji Trophy seasons so far. The tournament was instituted as the national tournament of India in 1934-35, when the trophy was donated by H. H. Bhupendra Singh, Maharaja of Patiala, in memory of the great cricketer K. S. Ranjitsinhji of England and Sussex.

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1934: The inaugural Ranji Trophy match was played between Madras and Mysore at Chepauk, Madras. Scheduled for three days, the match was completed on the opening day (November 4, 1934), with the host winning by an innings and 23 runs.

1: The number of tied matches in the Ranji Trophy. The only ever tied match in the competition took place on March 7, 1946 during the 1945/46 semi-final encounter between Southern Punjab and Baroda at the Baradari Ground in Patiala.

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2376: The total number of runs made in a Ranji Trophy match between Bombay (651 & 714/8d) and Maharashtra (407 & 604) at the Poona Club ground in 1948/49. –This is the most number of runs scored in a single first-class match anywhere in the world.

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604: The highest fourth innings total made in the Ranji Trophy. Maharashtra reached the figure in 177.3 overs while chasing Bombay’s mammoth target of 959 runs at the Poona Club ground. The encounter was a semi-final match of the 1948/49 season. Maharashtra lost by 354 runs!

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944: Hyderabad’s total for the loss of six wickets against Andhra at the Secunderabad Gymkhana ground in 1993-94. This is the highest total made by any side in the Ranji Trophy.

21: Hyderabad’s total in 15.3 overs against Rajasthan at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur in 2010/11 is the lowest ever total by any side in the Ranji Trophy.

371: The highest successful run chase in a Ranji Trophy match. Assam achieved its target in 78.4 overs for the loss of four wickets against Services at the Palam Ground in Delhi in 2008/09.

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8: The number of balls bowled per over during the 1962/63 season. It was the only Ranji Trophy season that saw eight ball overs.

1008: The number of runs made by Bombay’s Rusi Modi during the 1944-45 season in five matches and seven innings. He became the first batsman to score 1000 runs in a single Ranji Trophy season. He scored a hundred in every match that he played.

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6: The number of sixes hit by Bombay’s Ravi Shastri in a single over against Baroda’s hapless left-arm spinner Tilak Raj at the Wankhede Stadium in Bombay. Shastri remains the only batsman in Ranji Trophy history to hit six sixes in a single over.

443: The number of runs scored by Bhausaheb Nimbalkar for Maharashtra against Kathiawar at the Poona Club Ground in 1948/49. He remained unbeaten and still remains the only batsman to record a 400+ score in a Ranji Trophy innings. He was just nine-short of the then world record score of 452 not out held by Don Bradman for NSW, made in 1929/30. However, at the lunch interval, the opposing captain, the Thakore Saheb of Rajkot, conceded the match to prevent further embarrassment for his team. Nimbalkar’s score is still the fourth highest in all first-class cricket. The others to exceed his score are Brian Lara (501 not out), Hanif Mohd (499) and Bradman.

1015: The number of minutes (16 hours, 55 minutes) Himachal Pradesh’s Rajeev Nayyar batted for his 271 against Jammu & Kashmir in Chamba during the 1999-00 season. It’s the longest any batsman has batted in an innings in first-class cricket. He is also the only one to have batted over 1000 minutes.

1415: The number of runs made by Hyderabad’s V. V. S. Laxman during the 1999-00 season, in nine matches and 14 innings, the most by any batsman in a single Ranji Trophy season.

8: The number of centuries made by V. V. S. Laxman during the season of 1999-00 — the most by any batsman in a single Ranji Trophy season. Interestingly, he converted all his fifty scores to a three-figure score.

10143: The aggregate of runs made in the Ranji Trophy competition by Wasim Jaffer, the most by any batsman. He made these runs in 129 matches and 201 innings at an average of 56.98. He played for Mumbai between 1996/97 and 2014/15 and then for Vidarbha in 2015/16.

2: The number of batsmen to register triple centuries in the same innings in the Ranji Trophy. The Tamil Nadu duo of W. V. Raman (313) and Arjan Kripal Singh (302 not out) became the first and still the only pair in first-class history to score triple hundreds in the same innings. They did so against Goa in Panaji in 1988/89.

50: The number of wickets claimed by Bombay paceman Ramakant Desai in 1958/59 in seven matches. He became the first bowler in the Ranji Trophy to claim 50 wickets in a season. At 19 years he was making his debut that season.

3: The number of hat-tricks by Services medium pacer Joginder Singh Rao, the most by any bowler in the Ranji Trophy. He claimed a hat-trick on his Ranji Trophy debut against Jammu & Kashmir in Delhi in 1963-64 and then followed it up with a hat-trick in each innings against Northern Punjab in Amritsar in his very second match. 

64: The number of wickets, the most in a Ranji Trophy season, claimed by Delhi’s left arm spinner Bishan Singh Bedi during the 1974/75 Ranji Trophy season in eight matches. 

62: The number of wickets — the most by a fast bowler in a Ranji Trophy season — claimed by Dodda Ganesh for Karnataka during the 1998/99 season in 11 matches. 

2: The number of bowlers who have claimed all ten wickets in an innings in the Ranji Trophy. Bengal’s Premangsu Chatterjee (19-11-20-10) against Assam in Jorhat in 1956-57, Rajasthan’s Pradeep Sundaram (22-5-78-10) against Vidarbha in Jodhpur in 1985-86.

9/23: The best bowling figures for a spinner in the Ranji Trophy. Left armer Ankeet Chavan achieved the feat for Mumbai against Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai in 2012/13.

8/10: Rajasthan’s Deepak Chahar on his Ranji Trophy debut registered outstanding figures of 7.3-2-10-8 against Hyderabad in Jaipur in November 2010.

16: The number of wickets claimed by Karnataka’s Anil Kumble for 99 runs against Kerala in Thalassery in 1994/95. This represents the best match figures by any bowler in the Ranji Trophy. Kumble’s figures were: 8/58 and 8/41 in the two innings.

917: The number of balls delivered by C. S. Nayudu in the 1944-45 Ranji final for Holkar. His figures were 64.5-10-153-6 in the first innings and 88-15-275-5 in the second against Bombay at the Brabourne Stadium.

637: The number of wickets claimed in the Ranji Trophy competition by Rajinder Goel in 123 matches from 1958/59 to 1984/85. Goel, however, never appeared in any official international match for India.

1000+100: Pace bowler Amar Singh, then playing for Nawanagar, became the first player to do the all-rounder’s double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in the Ranji Trophy in 1939/40. He also became the first bowler to claim 100 Ranji Trophy wickets. He, however, tragically died (of pneumonia) a few months after he achieved this distinction at the age of 30.

61: The age of Col. C. K. Nayudu, India’s first Test captain, when he appeared in his final Ranji Trophy match during the season of 1956-57. His first-class career stretched four decades. His final game was as the skipper of Uttar Pradesh against Bombay and he managed to score 22 and 52 in that match.

15: The number of Ranji Trophy titles won by Bombay in a row from 1958/59 to 1972/73. No other domestic team in the world has matched this feat. In the 1973/74 season Bombay lost to Karnataka in a hard-fought semi-final match.

41: The total number of Ranji Trophy titles won by Bombay/Mumbai. Its first title came in the inaugural season of 1934/35 and the last title in 2015/16. The next best is eight titles by Karnataka. Only Australia’s New South Wales has more domestic national first-class titles (46).