(Last Updated on : 01/12/2011)
The Mumbai Cricket Players represent Mumbai in the domestic tournaments. The team is based in the city of Mumbai and has had many successful outings in the Ranji Trophy championships. The team from Mumbai
is the most successful in the domestic circuit in India. It has 39 titles to its name, and most recently it has the Ranji Trophy for 2009-10 seasons. The Mumbai Cricket players prepare and practise at the Wankhede Stadium
near South Mumbai, near Churchgate Railway Station.
The Mumbai cricket team comes under the designation of West Zone and participates for the Duleep Trophy
competitions as well. It was formerly known as the Bombay cricket team, but changed when the city was officially renamed from Bombay to Mumbai.
Mumbai team is based in the city of Mumbai and located in the state of Maharashtra. There is other two other teams from Maharashtra as well, under Maharashtra Cricket Association
and Vidarbha Cricket Association
. These three teams from the state of Maharashtra have always competed separately in the domestic leagues. Although these divisions exists but the team from Mumbai has always excelled in their performances, and come out victories in 39 Ranji Trophy Championships.
The first ever Ranji Championship was won by Mumbai in the 1934-35 seasons with Vijay Merchant
featuring in the final against North India. In the following season, the title was retained with a clear victory over Madras (now Chennai
) in the final match. At a very nascent stage of the Ranji Trophy history Mumbai showed that they were a strong side and of course of the strongest side of the competitions. The Mumbai team bagged 7 titles out of the first 20 seasons in the Ranji Trophy
After a long tenure of dominance by the Mumbai team, in which, the team won 20 out of 22 titles including 15 in a row from 1958-59 to 1972-73. Bombay continued to regularly reach the Ranji Trophy final up to the mid 1980s. But in later part of the 1980's Mumbai had a lean phase where they could not reach the finals in 5 consecutive appearances. But they were able to regain some of the past glory in the 1990's by winning an additional 6 Ranji Tophies from 1993-94 to 2003-04, this was the phase when the team changed its name from Bombay to Mumbai.
Mumbai's dominance of the Ranji Trophy has led to many consecutive appearances in the Irani Trophy
with great success including 15 wins. However, they have failed to beat the Rest of India team since 1998.
In the 2006-07 season of the Ranji Trophy Mumbai won their 37th title against Bengal at Wankhede Stadium
The players of the Mumbai team are renowned for its batting calibre and spin bowling skills. The team has, over the years, produced many of the Indian cricket team's top batsmen over the years. Players who have appeared in the national team include:
Current Team of Mumbai
Wasim Jaffer (c)
Vinayak Samant (wk)