History of M. J. Gopalan Trophy
M. J. Gopalan Trophy was a yearly first-class cricket competition played between Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu between 1952-1953 and 2007-2008. This cricket tournament was famous mostly in South India.
Teams in M. J. Gopalan Trophy
The idea of the competition came about with the starting of a silver jubilee fund in 1952 to celebrate the 25th birth year of Morappakam Josyam Gopalan as a cricket and hockey player. Through the fund, an annual cricket match was instituted between Madras Cricket Team which is now known as the Tamil Nadu Cricket Team and Ceylon Cricket Team, which is known as Srilanka Cricket Team.
Ceylon won the first match in M. J. Gopalan Trophy, which was held in 1952 to 1953 session. The match became a regular fixture in the calendar until Sri Lanka received Test status in the year 1983 and the competition was stopped.
Again in the year 2000, this cricket tournament was revived. There held a match between Tamil Nadu Cricket Team and Colombo District Cricket Association. About two years later the fixture was dropped again but in 2007 the Sri Lankan and Tamil Nadu boards agreed to restart the competition. A match was played in September 2007 between Tamil Nadu Cricket Team and a Sri Lankan XI Cricket Team, won by the Sri Lankan team. There have been 27 first-class matches for MJ Gopalan Trophy. The names of the competing sides have varied, especially the Sri Lankan teams.
Seasons in M. J. Gopalan Trophy
The highest score for Ceylon/Sri Lanka is 212 by Ievers Gunasekera in 1958-1959 seasons. The highest run for Tamil Nadu is 179 by Michael Dalvi in 1974-1975.
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