Ranji Trophy 2011

  • Rajasthan's Ranji Trophy heroes January 24, 2012

    Defending champions Rajasthan conceded the first-innings lead in five consecutive matches at the beginning of the 2011-12 Ranji Trophy season. From having just five points after five matches, they rallied to make the knock-out phase and then knocked off Hyderabad, Haryana and Tamil Nadu to defend their title. The reason...
  • Ranji final: Rajasthan retain the trophy January 23, 2012

    Chennai: Rajasthan clinched their second Ranji Trophy title, having taken the first-innings lead over hosts Tamil Nadu on day four, and with it capped one of the most amazing turnarounds for a team in the tournament's 77-year history. They had all but sealed the result on Sunday, with only the...
  • Rajasthan on course for Ranji title January 22, 2012

    Chennai: Rajasthan are all set to retain the Ranji Trophy after ensuring a huge lead against hosts Tamil Nadu at stumps, on the fourth day of the final on Sunday. Dinesh Karthik's scintillating effort of 150 wasn't matched by other Tamil Nadu batsmen as the hosts were bowled out for 295...
  • Saxena plays 3rd longest first-class innings January 21, 2012

    Chennai: Rajasthan opener Vineet Saxena's 257 against Tamil Nadu is the third longest innings in terms of minutes by any batsman in the history of first-class game. Saxena has batted for an unbelievable 907 minutes (15 hours and seven minutes) and in the process is only behind former Himachal Pradesh captain...
  • Ranji final: Saxena double ton deflates TN January 21, 2012

    Chennai: A maiden first-class double-century from Vineet Saxena, spanning 555 deliveries and six sessions, carried Rajasthan to 404 for 2 at stumps on day two of the 2011-12 Ranji Trophy final at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Friday. Having added 236 for the opening wicket with Aakash Chopra, who was...
  • Resurrected MP showed guts and promise January 19, 2012

    Gone are the days when the Ranji Trophy was regularly dominated by heavyweights who bullied less experienced teams. This change was brought by Rajasthan in the 2010-11 season, when they emerged from nowhere to defy expectations and lift the title. For Rajasthan, it was a dream run last season and one...
  • Ranji final: Rajasthan 221 for no loss January 19, 2012

    Chennai: It was one-way traffic at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, as Rajasthan openers Aakash Chopra and Vineet Saxena carried the defending champions to 221 for no loss at stumps on day one of the 2011-12 Ranji Trophy final. You can't blame Tamil Nadu for having a sense of déjà vu....
  • TN will go for outright win, says captain Balaji January 18, 2012

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu skipper Lakshmipathy Balaji struck a note of confidence as he felt he has the team to win the Ranji Trophy final against holders Rajasthan in the five-day game beginning in Chennai on Thursday. At a pre-match media conference on Wednesday, Balaji opined that the pitch at the Chepauk...
  • Tamil Nadu's journey to the Ranji final January 18, 2012

    Though they won just one league match, Tamil Nadu were spurred on by their big bats – namely Abhinav Mukund's 871 runs – and some clutch performances by lesser-known players to consistently claim first-innings lead points. Their mantra was simple: bat first and bat big. Once they reached the knock-out...
  • How Rajasthan made the Ranji final January 18, 2012

    More than halfway into the Ranji Trophy season, Rajasthan, defending champions, were languishing in the bottom half of their pool. They had conceded the first-innings lead in five consecutive matches, yet had not lost or won a fixture. From having five points from five matches, Rajasthan rallied to retain their...
  • Tamil Nadu to host Rajasthan for Ranji final January 13, 2012

    New Delhi: Tamil Nadu will host defending champions Rajasthan in the final of the Ranji Trophy at MA Chidambaram Stadium from January 19. This will be Tamil Nadu's first appearance in a Ranji Trophy final since 2003-04, when they lost to Mumbai on a first-innings basis at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Tamil...
  • Tamil Nadu defy Mumbai to make Ranji final January 13, 2012

    Mumbai: Tamil Nadu entered the Ranji Trophy final for the eleventh time by virtue of having taken the first-innings lead over Mumbai in the semi-final that ended in a draw at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday. The visitors, who led the home team by 202 runs in the first innings, piled...
  • Rajasthan not to lodge complaint against pitch January 13, 2012

    Jaipur: Defending champions Rajasthan, who pipped Haryana to sail into the final of the Ranji Trophy for the second consecutive year, will not lodge an official complaint against the tricky pitch used for the semifinal at Lahli near Rohtak as they emerged winner. "Yes, it was not a good wicket but...
  • We showed great character: Chopra January 12, 2012

    New Delhi: Aakash Chopra is as pleased as punch that Rajasthan made their second successive Ranji Trophy final following a 64-run win over Haryana in Rohtak on Thursday. Needing 185 to win, the hosts were bundled out for just 120 as Rituraj Singh and Pankaj Singh shared nine wickets between them...
  • Ranji SFs:Haryana need another 170 to win January 11, 2012

    Rohtak: An intriguing third day is on the cards as hosts Haryana need another 170 runs to win with eight wickets in hand against defending champions Rajasthan in the Ranji Trophy semi-final, being played at Bansi Lal Stadium. Rajasthan batsmen gave a better account of themselves in the second innings scoring...
  • Ranji QFs: Haryana beat Karnataka to enter semis January 4, 2012

    Bangalore: Haryana booked themselves a spot in the 2011-12 Ranji Trophy semi-finals for the first time since 1991 with a six-wicket defeat of Karnataka on the third day of their quarter-final clash at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday. Haryana's bowlers set up the win by bowling Karnataka out for 262,...
  • Chahar would have given us the edge: Chopra December 30, 2011

    Jaipur: Admitting that they were lucky to have made the cut, Rajasthan skipper Aakash Chopra on Friday said the defending champions would miss the service of pacer Deepak Chahar in their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match against Hyderabad. Down with jaundice, incidentally, it was Chahar, unheralded then, who broke the back of...
  • Plate Div: Hyderabad, Maharashtra go through December 24, 2011

    Nagpur: After playing out draws in their respective Plate division matches against Vidarbha and Himachal Pradesh, Hyderabad and Maharashtra have booked their places in this year's knock-out stage of the Ranji Trophy and have also ensured of playing with the other Elite teams in the next season. Hyderabad pipped Vidarbha by...
  • Elite Div: Mumbai thrash Punjab, Bengal out December 24, 2011

    Mumbai: Opener Praful Waghela (57) and captain Wasim Jaffer (50) hit half-centuries and put up an unbeaten 94-run stand against Punjab to guide Mumbai to their third outright victory of the season, and to top Group A with 25 points in the Ranji Trophy Elite Division match on Saturday. The 39-time...
  • Elite Div: Saurashtra's win goes in-vain December 24, 2011

    New Delhi: Ravindra Jadeja snared three out of the remaining four Railways wickets as Saurashtra won their final group league Ranji Trophy match by a comfortable 97-run margin but Rajasthan's innings victory over Orissa put Jaydev Shah and Co out of competition. The proceedings were wrapped up within 70 minutes into...
  • Plate Div: Jungade puts Vidarbha in command December 23, 2011

    Nagpur: An undefeated 125-run stand for the ninth wicket between tailenders Amol Jungade (92) and Akshay Wakhare (50) helped Vidarbha score 467 for eight against Hyderabad, while Maharashtra were dismissed for 415 and then grabbed three quick Himachal wickets for 68 on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Plate...
  • Elite Div: Mumbai take 1st innings lead December 23, 2011

    Mumbai: Riding on Wasim Jaffer's record-breaking 82 as he overtook former teammate Amol Muzumdar as the highest run-getter in Ranji Trophy, Mumbai took the first-innings lead against Punjab by reaching 308-5 at stumps in their Elite Division Group A match here on Thursday. Jaffer needed 50 runs to go past Muzumdar,...
  • Jaffer breaks Ranji record of most runs December 22, 2011

    Mumbai: Wasim Jaffer added another feather to his cap on Thursday when he broke his former Mumbai teammate Amol Muzumdar's record of most runs in the Ranji Trophy in their game against Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium. Jaffer, 33, went past Muzumdar's tournament tally of 8237 runs when he drove a...
  • Plate Div: Middle order drives Maharashtra December 21, 2011

    Pune: Half-centuries to the middle-order pair of Nikhil Paradkar and Ankit Bawne carried Maharashtra to a comfortable 232 for 4 at stumps on the first day of their Plate Division semi-final against Himachal Pradesh at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium on Wednesday. Having opted to bat, the hosts had been 45...
  • Veteran pacer Bose dropped from Bengal squad December 17, 2011

    Kolkata: Veteran medium pacer Ranadeb Bose has been dropped from the 15-member Bengal squad that will play against Baroda in their final Ranji Trophy group league encounter in Vadodara from December 21. Bose was dropped from the playing XI against Delhi - a first for him in more than a decade. Although...
  • Elite Div: Mathur bowls Rajasthan to maiden win December 17, 2011

    Jaipur: Inspired by experienced seamer Sumit Mathur's six wickets, hosts Rajasthan finally achieved their first win of the season, albeit too later, by beating Saurashtra by 229 runs at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. Having declared their second innings at 241 for 4 in 70 overs, after former India opener Aakash...
  • Elite Div: Bhatia steers Delhi to 392 vs Bengal December 14, 2011

    Kolkata: After Rajat Bhatia slammed an unbeaten 163 to help Delhi post 392 all out in their first innings, Bengal struggled to reach 84 for four at the end of day two of their Ranji Trophy Elite Division Group B match here on Wednesday. The Delhi all-rounder in IPL, Bhatia, spent...
  • Elite Div: Mukund, Badri tons deflate Gujarat December 13, 2011

    Ahmedabad: Centuries to India discards Abhinav Mukund and Subramaniam Badrinath put Tamil Nadu in a commanding position against Gujarat at the Sardar Patel Stadium as the fifth round of Ranji Trophy matches got underway across the country. Riding on Mukund’s unbeaten 150, scored from 264 balls and with 24 boundries, and...
  • Ganguly bats for result-oriented pitches December 5, 2011

    Kolkata: The flat pitches at Eden Gardens and Jadavpur University ground, venues that had hosted Bengal's high-scoring Ranji matches against Gujarat and MP this season, have come in for criticism from former India skipper Sourav Ganguly who has called for result-oriented wickets. The season's first match, at the Eden, saw Bengal...
  • Sreesanth set for long absence with toe injury December 4, 2011

    New Delhi: Indian pacer S Sreesanth has been sidelined for upto eight weeks due to a toe injury, ruling him out of content_cnion for the four-Test series against Australia starting on December 26. Sreesanth was not picked in the original squad for Australia Tests but a rib injury to pacer Praveen...