Which Team has Won the Ranji Trophy the Most Times

The Mumbai Ranji team is the most successful side in the history of the tournament with 41 titles to date.

Which Team has Won the Ranji Trophy the Most Times
Subhayan Dutta

Written by: Subhayan Dutta

(Sports Writer)

Fact checked by: Dillip Mohanty

(Sports Editor)

Last updated: 2023-11-28

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What is Ranji Trophy

The Ranji Trophy is India’s premier domestic first-class cricket competition and one of the world’s most prestigious first-class tournaments where 38 teams from India compete to win the coveted title. It is organized each year by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Each of the 28 states has at least one representative team with 4 union territories and government organizations such as Railways and Services having a team of their own.

Ranji Trophy winner team – Most time

The Mumbai Ranji team is the most successful side in the history of the tournament with 41 titles to date. Formerly known as Bombay, the team won the first two Ranji seasons and has also won 15 consecutive trophies from 1955-56 to 1972-73. The team last won the tournament back in 2015-16 and since has ended up as runner-ups in 2016-17 and 2021-22.

The team has competed in 46 finals out of the 86 played overall. The next successful team is Karnataka which was also known as Mysore in the early years of the tournament. The Karnataka/Mysore side has lifted the trophy on 8 occasions and last won the cup in 2015.

Mumbai Ranji Trophy Winning Team.webpThe Mumbai side has certainly been the most dominant side over the years. There was a time when making it to the Indian Test side was deemed easier than making it in the Mumbai playing XI. It was such a strong unit.

The Mumbai side also produced numerous Test cricketers over the years for India. There was a time when half of the Indian side comprised of Mumbai players. 76 out of a total of 308 Indian Test cricketers hail from Mumbai.

The local cricket structure is believed to be one of the best and most passionate ones in the whole country. The players are trained to play with a certain kind of attitude from a tender age in a competitive environment. The same attitude grows and becomes what is known as the khadoos attitude on the field in big competitions.

The Mumbai side is known to produce world-class batters and has produced world-beating talents such as Vijay Merchant, Vijay Manjrekar, Polly Umrigar, Ajit Wadekar, Nari Contractor, Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sachin Tendulkar and in the modern age players like Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma who are the batting mainstays of the Indian Test side.

RANJI TROPHY WINNERS

MOST NUMBER OF TIMES

TEAM CHAMPIONRUNNER UPS
MUMBAI/BOMBAY416
KARNATAKA/MYSORE86
DELHI78
MADHYA PRADESH/HOLKAR57
BARODA54
SAURASHTRA23
VIDARBHA20
BENGAL213
TAMIL NADU/MADRAS210
RAJASTHAN28
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Ranji Trophy Records

The Mumbai team holds the record for the most number of titles and it is indeed a Mumbai batter who leads the run-scoring charts of the Ranji Trophy. The top 2 spots in fact have been occupied by Mumbai stalwarts Wasim Jaffer and Amol Muzumdar respectively.

MOST RUNS

IN RANJI TROPHY

PLAYERTEAMRUNS
WASIM JAFFERMUMBAI/BOMBAY, VIDARBHA12038
AMOL MUZUMDARMUMBAI/BOMBAY, ASSAM, ANDHRA9202
DEVENDRA BUNDELAMADHYA PRADESH9201
PARAS DOGRAHIMACHAL, PUDUCHERRY8872
YASHPAL SINGHSIKKIM, SERVICES8700
MITHUN MANHASDELHI, JAMMU & KASHMIR8554
FAIZ FAZALVIDARBHA, RAILWAYS8374
MANOJ TIWARYBENGAL8348
HRISHIKESH KANITKARMAHARASHTRA, MADHYA PRADESH, RAJASTHAN8059
NAMAN OJHAMADHYA PRADESH7861
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Punjab spinner Rajinder Goel has the most number of wickets in the Ranji Trophy history but sadly he could never play a single Test match for the country due to severe competition in the 60s and 70s. S. Venkataraghavan is second in the list with Vinay Kumar the most successful fast bowler in the Ranji Trophy history.

MOST WICKETS

IN RANJI TROPHY

PLAYERTEAMWICKETS
RAJINDER GOELPATIALA, SOUTHERN PUNJAB, DELHI, HARYANA637
S VENKATARAGHAVANMADRAS/TAMIL NADU530
SUNIL JOSHIKARNATAKA479
R VINAY KUMARKARNATAKA, PUDUCHERRY442
NARENDRA HIRWANIMADHYA PRADESH, BENGAL441
BS CHANDRASEKHARMYSORE/KARNATAKA437
VAMAN KUMARMADRAS/TAMIL NADU418
PANKAJ SINGHRAJASTHAN/PUDUCHERRY409
SAIRAJ BAHUTULEBOMBAY/MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA, ASSAM, VIDARBHA405
BISHAN SINGH BEDINORTHERN PUNJAB, DELHI403
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Ranji Trophy Format

The current format comprises an Elite Group and a Plate Group. 32 teams comprise the elite group and the remaining 6 teams take part in the plate group. The elite teams are then subdivided into 4 different groups. The top 2 teams from each sub-division qualify for the quarter-final stage. In the plate group, the top 4 teams qualify for the plate group knockouts and the bottom two sides play each other for 5th place. The top 2 teams are promoted to the Elite group in the next season with the 2 teams with the least number of points in the elite stage being relegated to the plate group.

Ranji Trophy – How it Started

The Indian board had a meeting in Shimla in July 1934 where it was decided that a first-class competition would be launched. It was initially named as ‘The Cricket Championship of India’ but was later named after the first Indian to play international cricket – KS Ranjitsinhji who played for England.

The first season was played in 1934-35 with a total of 15 participants. The first match was played between Madras and Mysore. Bombay won the inaugural tournament which was known as ‘The Cricket Championship of India’. The tournament was rechristened as the Ranji Trophy in 1935-36.

Ranji Trophy over the years

At the beginning of the tournament, teams were distributed in different regional groups: North, South, East and West. The teams would play knockout games amongst each other and then the zonal winners would play another knockout competition to determine the champion side.

Ranji Trophy Winners

By Season

SeasonChampionRunner-up
1934-35BombayNorthern India
1935-36BombayMadras
1936-37NawanagarBengal
1937-38HyderabadNawanagar
1938-39BengalSouthern Punjab
1939-40MaharashtraUnited Provinces
1940-41MaharashtraMadras
1941-42BombayMysore
1942-43BarodaHyderabad
1943-44Western IndiaBengal
1944-45BombayHolkar
1945-46HolkarBaroda
1946-47BarodaHolkar
1947-48HolkarBombay
1948-49BombayBaroda
1949-50BarodaHolkar
1950-51HolkarGujarat
1951-52BombayHolkar
1952-53HolkarBengal
1953-54BombayHolkar
1954-55MadrasHolkar
1955-56BombayBengal
1956-57BombayServices
1957-58BarodaServices
1958-59BombayBengal
1959-60BombayMysore
1960-61BombayRajasthan
1961-62BombayRajasthan
1962-63BombayRajasthan
1963-64BombayRajasthan
1964-65BombayHyderabad
1965-66BombayRajasthan
1966-67BombayRajasthan
1967-68BombayMadras
1968-69BombayBengal
1969-70BombayRajasthan
1970-71BombayMaharashtra
1971-72BombayBengal
1972-73BombayTamil Nadu
1973-74KarnatakaRajasthan
1974-75BombayKarnataka
1975-76BombayBihar
1976-77BombayDelhi
1977-78KarnatakaUttar Pradesh
1978-79DelhiKarnataka
1979-80DelhiBombay
1980-81BombayDelhi
1981-82DelhiKarnataka
1982-83KarnatakaBombay
1983-84BombayDelhi
1984-85BombayDelhi
1985-86DelhiHaryana
1986-87HyderabadDelhi
1987-88Tamil NaduRailways
1988-89DelhiBengal
1989-90BengalDelhi
1990-91HaryanaBombay
1991-92DelhiTamil Nadu
1992-93PunjabMaharashtra
1993-94BombayBengal
1994-95BombayPunjab
1995-96KarnatakaTamil Nadu
1996-97MumbaiDelhi
1997-98KarnatakaUttar Pradesh
1998-99KarnatakaMadhya Pradesh
1999-00MumbaiHyderabad
2000-01BarodaRailways
2001-02RailwaysBaroda
2002-03MumbaiTamil Nadu
2003-04MumbaiTamil Nadu
2004-05RailwaysPunjab
2005-06Uttar PradeshBengal
2006-07MumbaiBengal
2007-08DelhiUttar Pradesh
2008-09MumbaiUttar Pradesh
2009-10MumbaiKarnataka
2010-11RajasthanBaroda
2011-12 RajasthanTamil Nadu
2012-13 MumbaiSaurashtra
2013-14 KarnatakaMaharashtra
2014-15 KarnatakaTamil Nadu
2015-16 MumbaiSaurashtra
2016-17 GujaratMumbai
2017-18 VidarbhaDelhi
2018-19 VidarbhaSaurashtra
2019-20 SaurashtraBengal
2020-21Not held due to Covid-19 
2021-22Madhya PradeshMumbai
2022-23SaurashtraBengal
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The Central Zone joined the party in 1952-53 and since 1957-58, the knockout format was changed to league fixtures amongst zonal teams. Since 1970-71, top 2 teams from each zone qualified for the knockouts. The number increased to the top 3 in the 1992-93 season.

In 2002-03, the zonal format was scrapped and a divisional structure was adopted. The Elite group comprised of fifteen teams and the plate group had the remaining teams. The 2023-24 season also has a similar format with 32 teams divided into four elite groups and the plate group comprising six teams. The top 2 teams in the plate division are promoted to the elite group in the next season with the bottom 2 teams in the elite division getting relegated for the next Ranji season.

Impact of Ranji Trophy on Indian Cricket

Hailed as the premium first-class competition in the country, the tournament is known to produce numerous talents in world cricket. The tournament is highly competitive, played at the highest level giving an opportunity to young talent to perform against the country’s finest.

Brilliant performances in the tournament get rewarded in the form of national selection. The Indian Test team has been one of the finest sides in the longer format of the game for years and much of the credit goes to the strong domestic structure. Ranji Trophy sits right at the helm of it.

The games are televised and live-streamed for the world to watch giving tremendous exposure for the young talent to nurture their game and become finer players. The performers in the tournament then get picked for various junior Indian teams such as India ‘A’, etc. which opens more opportunities to play cricket around the world with some of the best-emerging talents around the world.

The Ranji trophy champion qualifies to play for the Irani Cup against the Rest of India team. The stand-out performers from the season make it to the Rest of India team posing a challenge to the Ranji champion and showcasing their talent to the selectors. Ranji Trophy also paves selection in other domestic tournaments such as the Duleep Trophy which has had a lot of format changes in recent years according to the needs of Indian cricket at the time.

Subhayan Dutta

Subhayan Dutta

An M.A. in English Literature, Subhayan is an experienced journalist and sports writer. Having worked as a journalist at Hindustan Times, Subhayan covered diverse beats including sports, education, and health, showcasing his versatility and in-depth understanding of various subjects.

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