Tamil Nadu v Rajasthan, Ranji final, Chennai, 2nd day January 20, 2012

How to identify the Ranji winner

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With Rajasthan losing just two wickets in as many days, and a pitch loaded with runs, the Ranji final has all the makings of a high-scoring draw. In the scenario where Tamil Nadu fail to finish their first innings within the stipulated five days, then the winner would be determined by comparing the run rates. But for that, Tamil Nadu will need to bat at least 30 overs.

Also, in case Rajasthan carry on to bat the entire five days or Tamil Nadu fail to bat 30 overs, then as per the prevailing rules, both teams will be declared as joint winners.

Incidentally, the 1981-82 final between Delhi and Karnataka, played in Delhi, was extended to the sixth day, to enable the hosts to gain a first-innings lead.

GR Viswanath, the Karnataka captain, elected to bat, a decision that proved appropriate as the visitors went on to amass 705. In reply Delhi could not gain the lead even at the end of the final day's play. But in an unprecedented move, play was extended to the sixth day, and a little before tea, Delhi, under Mohinder Amarnath, scored 707 for 8. By virtue of their first-innings lead, Delhi emerged winners on March 29, 1982, the extra day.

In another peculiar incident, 1989-90 final between Bengal and Delhi was played on March 23-28, 1990 (26th was a rest day). Delhi won the toss and elected to bat, scoring 278. Bengal replied with 216 for 4 and the match ended in a draw, without either side gaining a first-innings lead. Under the rules prevailing then, Bengal with a quotient of 54.00 (runs scored divided by number of wickets lost) were declared winners over Delhi who had the quotient of 27.80 in the incomplete final.

Courtesy Sudhir Vaidya, first-class statistician

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • CandidIndian on January 22, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Where are the sporting wickets?Last year too there was a Ranji match in which a target of over 500 was chased successfully,isnt it ridiculous? make pitches which has something for the bowlers to post a challenge for batsman.In this way we will only get flat track bullies as batsman and bowlers like bowling machines who throws balls at speed of 120 wicket to wicket.

  • CandidIndian on January 22, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Where are the sporting wickets?Last year too there was a Ranji match in which a target of over 500 was chased successfully,isnt it ridiculous? make pitches which has something for the bowlers to post a challenge for batsman.In this way we will only get flat track bullies as batsman and bowlers like bowling machines who throws balls at speed of 120 wicket to wicket.

  • Publickakaptan on January 22, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    And the winner is Rajasthan.....Good Show Rajasthan...Nothing will change...The system will not change nor BCCI attitude will change..How much we crib or how much we advise...Ranji Cricket has remain same all through out the years.Cricket Matches are played in Mind and played with thoughts...It is not played on Pitches with bat n ball.

  • dummy4fb on January 22, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    @ sharidas- On same flat pitch TN cannot bat !!

  • dummy4fb on January 22, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    @ Constellatus = You are so off target...Raj played smart cricket on dirt track got themselves 600 and then their bolwers are keeping line and have already go 6 out for 160 odd...At this rate they can go for innings win. On the contrary TN played 7 draws in whole season

  • Andys-cricket on January 22, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    I am NZ fan, I just looked at some photographs of this Ranji Final and I see only players in the ground and stands are empty...It's hard to believe that Indian team players are selected on the basis of such matches which are played without spectators ...

  • Raj12345 on January 21, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    Don't follow this Rajasthan match. poor strategy. No one feel like you are champion from now on. If you go and meet TN or Mumbai in one day, your true color will come out.

  • Alkais on January 21, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    BCCI is to be blamed for the result of the ranji final match between Rajasthan and TN. BCCI should have instructed to prepare a sporting pitch with grass. The Pitch on which final was played between Mumbai and Karnataka two seasons agao( I think) in Mysore was an excellent pitch. That pitch gave opportunities for both batsmen and bowlers equally from day1. That is the kind of pitch which is required to improve the quality of domestic Cricket in India.

  • Rajesh. on January 21, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    If each day has 90 overs give each team just 2 days for their first innings and declare the innings closed if they still have wickets in hand after 180 overs...... That way it wouldnt be boring as they would keep an eye on the run-rate as well. But a much better way is to provide a wicket with at least some life in it for the bowler :)

    If a wicket for the Ranji final is as dead as this one then how can one expect our batsmen to score runs in countries like Australia ??

  • dummy4fb on January 21, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    we need something drastic, such as fining the home association for a draw like this. it will force them to prepare lively tracks.

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