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The Ranji Trophy is one of the oldest domestic cricket competitions in India. The First Class championship is played between teams representing regional and state cricket associations.

The tournament is named after Ranjitsinhji, the first Indian player to play international cricket. Currently, 38 teams feature in the Ranji Trophy. 

Over the years, many Ranji Trophy records have tumbled, considering the batting-friendly nature of the pitches in India. While some teams have had more success than others, there has been no shortage of massive team totals in the Ranji Trophy.

Hyderabad hold the record for the highest team total in the Ranji Trophy after smashing 994/6d against Andhra in the 1993/94 season. Maruti Sridhar scored 366 runs off 523 balls, while Vivek Jaisimha and Noel Arthur David also smashed double-hundreds for Hyderabad. The match ended drawn.

Meanwhile, Holkar, the Indore-based team, amassed 912/8d in the 1945/46 Ranji Trophy semi-final against Mysore after winning the toss and batting first. Six batters crossed the three-figure mark as Holkar batted for 214.5 overs. The exploits earned them a win by an innings and 213 runs.

Tamil Nadu are another team to have scored more than 900 runs in an innings in the Ranji Trophy. Woorkeri Venkat Raman and Arjan Kripal Singh scored triple-hundreds as the visitors piled on 912/6d against Goa in the 1988/89 season. However, Goa held on to a draw in the three-day encounter.

The latest entry is Jharkhand in the 2021/22 season. Courtesy of Kumar Kushagra’s 266, they smashed 880 against Nagaland in the pre-quarterfinals. Jharkhand also amassed a 1008-run lead in that match after the second innings, the highest in First Class cricket history.

Bombay, Maharashtra, Meghalaya and Karnataka are the other teams in the top 10 highest team totals in Ranji Trophy history.     

Highest team total in Ranji Trophy

Team

Opponent

Score

Season

Hyderabad

Andhra

994/6d

1993/94

Holkar

Mysore

912/8d

1945/46

Tamil Nadu

Goa

912/6d

1988/99

Jharkhand

Nagaland

880

2021/22

Bombay

Hyderabad

855/6d

1990/91

Maharashtra

Kathiawar

826/4

1948/49

Meghalaya

Sikkim

826/7d

2018/19

Maharashtra

Northern India

798

1940/41

Karnataka

Bengal

791/6d

1990/91

Tamil Nadu

Hyderabad

785

2009/10

 

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