(Last Updated on : 15-01-2009)
The Duleep Trophy, 1966-67 was the sixth edition of the tournament. All the five zonal teams that played in the tournament in the previous five editions were present there in this edition also. The BCCI selected the teams from five different geographical positions of India and named them as the Central Zone, West Zone, East Zone, North Zone and the South Zone. The West Zone team was considered as the strongest contender for the championship title among all the zonal teams, as it won four of the previous five titles in the Duleep Trophy. However, the reigning champion, South Zone team was also quite determined of playing well and retaining the title in Duleep Trophy, 1966-67, also. All the other teams also gave their best efforts to win the championship title and as a result, the tournament saw a tough contest among the teams.
The first match of Duleep Trophy, 1966-67 was played between the teams of North Zone and East Zone and the two teams played the match at Delhi from 21-23 October, 1966. The captain of East Zone, R Sanyal won the toss and took the decision of batting first in the match. His batsmen supported his decision quite nicely and played wonderfully to get a huge score of 402 runs in the first innings. The famous batsman, A Roy became the star for East Zone, as he scored a superb century of 103 runs in the first innings. The other star batsman R Saxena also accompanied him very well and helped the team in getting the huge total on the scoreboard. However, though the East Zone team secured such a huge total in its first innings, the North Zone batsmen never got demotivated, while batting in their first innings. With the help of two magnificent century knocks of H Dani and Y Chowdhury, the North Zone team eventually scored a huge total of 488 runs in its first innings. Dani scored 154 runs and Chowdhury played a wonderful innings of 140 runs in North Zone's first innings to provide the team a 86 runs lead over East Zone. However, the match eventually remained drawn during the specified period of time, as the duration was over by the time the North Zone finished batting in its first innings. The match officials declared the North Zone as the winner of the match, as it had a lead in the first innings. The North Zone team entered into the Semi-Finals of Duleep Trophy, 1966-67, as well.
The teams of Central Zone and West Zone played against each other in the first Semi-Final of Duleep Trophy, 1966-67 and the match was held at Indore from 29-31 October, 1966. Winning the toss, the West Zone skipper, C Borde decided to bat first in the match and was well supported by his teammates. Two top class century innings by D Sardesai and C Borde helped West Zone to get a mammoth total of 485 runs in its first innings. While Sardesai played a superb innings of 151 runs, Borde scored 105 runs and made sure the team gets a huge total on the scoreboard. The Central Zone batting line-up failed miserably while replying to the 485 runs made by West Zone in the first innings. None of the Central Zone batsmen could play well in the first innings and as a result, Central Zone's first innings ended on a small score of only 120 runs. C Joshi did most of the damage to the Central Zone batting line-up, as he took 6 wickets for only 34 runs on behalf of West Zone. The Central one was forced to follow on in the second innings and its batting performance got worsened in the second innings. The Central Zone batsmen could not score even a 100 runs in the second innings and the team got all out for only 90 runs. This time, R Nadkarni caused most of the damage to Central Zone by taking 6 wickets for only 20 runs. The West Zone team won the match quite comprehensively with a huge margin of an innings and 275 runs and got into the Final of Duleep Trophy, 1966-67.
The North Zone and South Zone teams appeared against each other in the second Semi-Final of Duleep Trophy, 1966-67 and the two teams played the match at Delhi from 29-31 October, 1966. The North Zone skipper, V Mehra won the toss and decided to bat first in the match. However, his decision was not a right one. None of the North Zone batsmen could read the spin magic of Chandrasekhar in the first innings and as a result, North Zone's first innings ended on a small score of only 207 runs. Only G Inder Dev showed some resistance on behalf of North Zone and his 90 runs innings helped the team a lot to get past the 200 runs mark in the first innings. B Chandrasekhar made one of the finest performances for a bowler in the history of Indian domestic cricket in this match and took 8 wickets for 80 runs for South Zone. In reply to the moderate total of 207 runs made by North Zone in the first innings, the South Zone team played brilliantly in their first innings and scored a huge total of 462 runs. A Baig became the star for South Zone by playing an extraordinary knock of 224 runs. The other batsmen like M Jaisimha and Nawab of Pataudi also made their own contributions to the team's total score. However, the North Zone batsmen made a wonderful come back in the second innings and scored a huge total of 449 runs, thanks to a brilliant century knock of 170 runs by H Dani. The stipulated duration of the match got over when the South Zone team was batting on 61 for 2 in its second innings and the match ended on a draw. The South Zone team was declared as the winner of the match for having a lead in the first innings and the team also reached the Final of Duleep Trophy, 1966-67.
The Final of Duleep Trophy, 1966-67 saw the teams of West Zone and South Zone playing against each other at Bombay from 18-21 November, 1966. The captain of South Zone, M Jaisimha won the toss and decided to bat first in the four-day Final match. The famous batsmen like M Jaisimha and V Subramanya played wonderfully for South Zone and scored individual centuries in the team's first innings. Jaisimha played a wonderful innings of 171 runs and Subramanya scored 123 runs for helping the team getting a huge total of 470 runs in the first innings. While replying to the huge total of 470 runs made by South Zone in the first innings, the West Zone team also batted quite well in its first innings and got a good score of 402 runs. A Wadekar played a century knock of 103 runs for West Zone in the first innings and the other batsmen like V Bhosle and A Fernandes also played well to contribute to the team's total score. The South Zone team then started batting in the second innings and when the team reached the score of 138-5, the captain M Jaisimha declared the innings and set a target of 207 runs to win for West Zone. However, when the West Zone team reached the score of 63-1 in its second innings, the stipulated duration of the match got over and the match ended on a draw. The match officials declared the South Zone team as the winner of the match as well as the championship title of Duleep Trophy, 1966-67, as it was having a lead in the first innings of the Final. It was the second time that the South Zone team won the championship title in Duleep Trophy.