Born in Kathiawar, Maharaja Ranjitsinhji had a prestigious career for Sussex and England. A year followed by his death, Bombay begged its first Ranji Trophy title. Then the competition was between 14 teams, including Gujarat, where Kathiawar is located. After 73 years, Ranji Trophy has 21 teams, along with a district which describes the geographical position of Kathiawar, Saurashtra. On the flip side, Mumbai, with 41 titles, is about to set another milestone by playing its 500th match.
There is something exciting in the air of Mumbai. There are many aspirants who approach the maximum city to make it a huge event and Mumbai has those who are born in the city and fighting off to make the cut. Sachin Tendulkar is one such example. Mumbai has not emerged suddenly in the scene. These heavyweights are armed with tenacity, temperament, and consistency.
Be it the one who has the average of 98.35 in Ranji Trophy Career like Vijay Merchant or who is the most successful batsman like Wasim Jaffer with most number of centuries and highest runs in the history of tournament, Mumbai has been the land of many excellent batsmen and large number of them represented the country.
Mumbai has always been promoting talented youth and giving chance to the youngsters at a tender age to the likes of Prithwi Shaw and Sachin Tendulkar as per the talent they had. As a result, Sachin has become the most prominent cricketer on Indian soil, while Prithwi has drawn comparisons, as he is not even an adult yet, with Tendulkar for his lead in First-Class cricket.
Batsmen who have been dominant in Ranji Trophy
Cricketers have set a trend in Mumbai to hold a specific class in the game. Their brand is orthodox in cricket, which is also eye-catching and holds parity with the changing style and time of the game. It is a very unique style which has got great impression from the selectors over time, with the total of 82 cricketers in Mumbai who represented India in First Class cricket.
The 15 back-to-back victories of Mumbai (i.e. from 1958-59 to 1972-73) is a record that cannot be broken. Till date, Mumbai has been the winner in their landmark matches of Ranji Trophy. The player who already led Mumbai to a winning campaign, Aditya Tare will try to follow the same in 500th.
Now, Mumbai is changing NSW (New South Wales) all-time record as they won 46 matches in First-Class cricket. Pravin Amre, who is a former captain, believes that Mumbai will break it soon.
Amre added, “We understand that NSW has been the winner of most number of championships in First Class cricket and it’s Mumbai after that. It is the beauty of cricket. We would want to break the record of NSW as well.” With the winning percentage of 56.94 in Ranji Trophy finals and 47 in Ranji Trophy matches, Mumbai actually stands ahead. As Amre says, “Mumbai is Mumbai”.