(Last Updated on : 06-12-2010)
The prestigious and premium domestic cricket tournament in India, the Ranji Trophy started its journey in the year of 1934-35 and the first tournament itself was quite a big success. Fifteen teams took part in the first edition of Ranji Trophy and the teams were formed from both the states and from the services. The teams were named as: Army Bombay, Central India, Central Provinces and Berar, Delhi, Hyderabad, Madras, Maharashtra, Mysore, Northern India, Punjab, Sind, Southern Punjab, United Province, and Western India. The tournament started on 4th November 1934 with the match between the Madras and Mysore that held in Chennai, where Madras won by an innings and 23 runs.
The second match of the tournament held at Karachi Gymkhana Ground from 16-18 November 1934 between the teams of Sind and Western India. The Western India team won the match by 4 wickets. The Hyderabad and Madras teams clashed at Deccan from 23-25 November 1934 in the third match of the tournament and the match saw the Hyderabad team winning by 13 runs. In the fourth match of Ranji Trophy, 1934-35 held between the teams of Northern India and Indian Army from 4-6 December 1934 at Lahore and the Northern India team won the match by an innings and 52 runs.
The tournament went on smoothly and successfully and the teams of United Provinces and Delhi met at Agra from 8-9 December, 1934, in the fifth match of the Ranji Trophy, 1394-35. The United Provinces team played wonderfully in the match and won the match by a huge margin of an innings and 99 runs. The sixth math saw a battle between the teams of Central Provinces and Berar and Central India at Nagpur from 26-28 December, 1934, where the Central India team won by 10 wickets. In the seventh match, Southern Punjab and the United Provinces team met at Patiala from 29-31 January 1935. The Southern Punjab team was declared as the winner of the drawn match, as it was having a lead in the first innings. The eighth match saw a clash between the teams of Gujarat and Bombay at Ahmedabad from 2-4 February, 1935. The Bombay team won the drawn match, thanks to their lead in the first innings.
The ninth match was played between the teams of Southern Punjab and Northern India at Amritsar from 5-7 February 1935 and the Northern India won the match by 91 runs. The tenth match saw a clash between Northern India and Central India at Amritsar from 9-11 February, 1935 and the Northern India team came better of their opponents and won the match by 4 wickets. The eleventh match of the group level of Ranji Trophy, 1934-35 was held between the teams of Maharashtra and Bombay at Pune from 16-18 February 1935 and Bombay won the match for having a lead in the first innings of the drawn match. The teams like Bombay and Western India met with each other at Bombay from 23-25 February 1935 for the last match of the group level of Ranji Trophy, 1934-35. The match saw the Bombay team winning by a huge margin of146 runs.
After finishing the group level of the tournament, the teams like Bombay and Northern India became successful to enter the final of the Ranji Trophy, 1934-35. The two teams met with each other in the duration-less final match at Bombay, however, the final match was finished within three days. The match held from 9-12 March 1935 and the Bombay team became successful to beat their opponents by 208 runs to become the winner of the first edition of Ranji Trophy.