Vidarbha will face Delhi in the final of Ranji Trophy 2017-18. Picture courtesy: Wikimedia commons
Vidarbha will face Delhi in the final of Ranji Trophy 2017-18. Picture courtesy: Wikimedia commons

Vidarbha have reached the final of Ranji Trophy for the first time and will be playing Delhi at the Holkar Stadium, Indore starting December 29. Delhi have won the title seven times, the last being the 2007-08 season when they defeated Uttar Pradesh at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. This is the second time Indore will host the Ranji Trophy final. Mumbai, who hold the record of winning most number of Ranji Trophy titles, failed to qualify for the smei-final this year while other heavyweights Tamil Nadu failed to qualify for the play-offs.

Karnataka and Delhi from Group A, Gujarat and Kerela from Group B, Madhya Pradesh and Mumbai from Group C and Vidarbha and Bengal from Group D had qualified for the quarter-finals of 2017-18 season. Bengal defeated Gujarat, Delhi defeated Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha defeated Kerala and Karnataka defeated Mumbai to proceed further.

Year Winner Current team Runners Current team Venue City
1934-1935 Bombay Mumbai Northern India (in Pakistan) Bombay Gymkhana Bombay/Mumbai
1935-1936 Bombay Mumbai Madras Tamil Nadu Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi
1936-1937 Nawanagar Saurashtra Bengal Bombay Gymkhana Bombay/Mumbai
1937-1938 Hyderabad Nawanagar Saurashtra Brabourne Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
1938-1939 Bengal Southern Punjab Punjab Eden Gardens Calcutta/Kolkata
1939-1940 Maharashtra United Province Uttar Pradesh Poona Gymkhana Poona/Pune
1940-1941 Maharashtra Madras Tamil Nadu Chepauk Madras/Chennai
1941-1942 Bombay Mumbai Mysore Karnataka Brabourne Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
1942-1943 Baroda Hyderabad Railways Recreation Club Ground Secunderabad
1943-1944 Western India Saurashtra Bengal Brabourne Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
1944-1945 Bombay Mumbai Holkar Madhya Pradesh Brabourne Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
1945-1946 Holkar Madhya Pradesh Baroda Yeshawant Club Ground Indore
1946-1947 Baroda Holkar Madhya Pradesh Central College Ground, Baroda Baroda/Vadodara
1947-1948 Holkar Madhya Pradesh Bombay Mumbai Yeshawant Club Ground Indore
1948-1949 Bombay Mumbai Baroda Brabourne Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
1949-1950 Baroda Holkar Madhya Pradesh Maharaja Pratapsingh Coronation Gymkhana Ground Baroda/Vadodara
1950-1951 Holkar Madhya Pradesh Gujarat Yeshawant Club Ground Indore
1951-1952 Bombay Mumbai Holkar Madhya Pradesh Brabourne Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
1952-1953 Holkar Madhya Pradesh Bengal Eden Gardens Calcutta/Kolkata
1953-1954 Bombay Mumbai Holkar Madhya Pradesh Yeshawant Club Ground Indore
1954-1955 Madras Tamil Nadu Holkar Madhya Pradesh Yeshawant Club Ground Indore
1955-1956 Bombay Mumbai Bengal Eden Gardens Calcutta/Kolkata
1956-1957 Bombay Mumbai Services Roshanara Club Ground Delhi
1957-1958 Baroda Services Moti Bagh Stadium Baroda/Vadodara
1958-1959 Bombay Mumbai Bengal Brabourne Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
1959-1960 Bombay Mumbai Mysore Karnataka Brabourne Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
1960-1961 Bombay Mumbai Rajasthan Bhupal Noble’s College Ground Udaipur
1961-1962 Bombay Mumbai Rajasthan Brabourne Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
1962-1963 Bombay Mumbai Rajasthan Maharaja College Ground Jaipur
1963-1964 Bombay Mumbai Rajasthan Brabourne Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
1964-1965 Bombay Mumbai Hyderabad Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium Hyderabad
1965-1966 Bombay Mumbai Rajasthan Railway Cricket Ground Jaipur
1966-1967 Bombay Mumbai Rajasthan Brabourne Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
1967-1968 Bombay Mumbai Madras Tamil Nadu Brabourne Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
1968-1969 Bombay Mumbai Bengal Brabourne Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
1969-1970 Bombay Mumbai Rajasthan Brabourne Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
1970-1971 Bombay Mumbai Maharashtra Brabourne Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
1971-1972 Bombay Mumbai Bengal Brabourne Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
1972-1973 Bombay Mumbai Tamil Nadu Chepauk Madras/Chennai
1973-1974 Karnataka Rajasthan Sawai Mansigh Stadium Jaipur
1974-1975 Bombay Mumbai Karnataka Wankhede Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
1975-1976 Bombay Mumbai Bihar Jharkhand Keenan Stadium Jamshedpur
1976-1977 Bombay Mumbai Delhi Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi
1977-1978 Karnataka Uttar Pradesh Narendra Mohan Sports Stadium Mohan Nagar
1978-1979 Delhi Karnataka M Chinnaswamy Stadium Bangalore/Bengaluru
1979-1980 Delhi Bombay Mumbai Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi
1980-1981 Bombay Mumbai Delhi Wankhede Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
1981-1982 Delhi Karnataka Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi
1982-1983 Karnataka Bombay Mumbai Wankhede Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
1983-1984 Bombay Mumbai Delhi Wankhede Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
1984-1985 Bombay Mumbai Delhi Wankhede Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
1985-1986 Delhi Haryana Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi
1986-1987 Hyderabad Delhi Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi
1987-1988 Tamil Nadu Railways Chepauk Madras/Chennai
1988-1989 Delhi Bengal Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi
1989-1990 Bengal Delhi Eden Gardens Calcutta/Kolkata
1990-1991 Haryana Bombay Mumbai Wankhede Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
1991-1992 Delhi Tamil Nadu Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi
1992-1993 Punjab Maharashtra Punjab Agricultural University Ground Ludhiana
1993-1994 Bombay Mumbai Bengal Wankhede Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
1994-1995 Bombay Mumbai Punjab Chepauk Madras/Chennai
1995-1996 Karnataka Tamil Nadu Chepauk Madras/Chennai
1996-1997 Mumbai Delhi Captain Roop Singh Stadium Gwalior
1997-1998 Karnataka Uttar Pradesh M Chinnaswamy Stadium Bangalore/Bengaluru
1998-1999 Karnataka Madhya Pradesh M Chinnaswamy Stadium Bangalore/Bengaluru
1999-2000 Mumbai Hyderabad Wankhede Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
2000-2001 Baroda Railways Gujarat State Fertilizer Corporation Ground Baroda/Vadodara
2001-2002 Railways Baroda Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi
2002-2003 Mumbai Tamil Nadu Wankhede Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
2003-2004 Mumbai Tamil Nadu Chepauk Madras/Chennai
2004-2005 Railways Punjab Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali Chandigarh
2005-2006 Uttar Pradesh Bengal KD Singh Babu Stadium Lucknow
2006-2007 Mumbai Bengal Wankhede Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
2007-2008 Delhi Uttar Pradesh Wankhede Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
2008-2009 Mumbai Uttar Pradesh Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal Hyderabad
2009-2010 Mumbai Karnataka Gangothri Glades Cricket Ground Mysore
2010-2011 Rajasthan Baroda Moti Bagh Stadium Baroda/Vadodara
2011-2012 Rajasthan Tamil Nadu Chepauk Madras/Chennai
2012-2013 Mumbai Saurashtra Wankhede Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
2013-2014 Karnataka Maharashtra Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal Hyderabad
2014-2015 Karnataka Tamil Nadu Wankhede Stadium Bombay/Mumbai
2015-2016 Mumbai Saurashtra Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium Poona/Pune
2016-2017 Gujarat Mumbai Holkar Cricket Stadium Indore
2017-2018 Holkar Cricket Stadium Indore

Earlier, Vidarbha defeated heavyweights Karnataka in a close semi-final match. Apart from Umesh Yadav, who is the star of the side, Rajneesh Gurbani has performed brilliantly with the ball. Gurbani bagged 12 wickets in the semi-final that sealed the deal for Vidarbha. In the other semi-final, Delhi thrashed Bengal to enter the final.