After seven rounds and 54 days, we have reached the end of the group stage of the Ranji Trophy 2017-18. Karnataka, Delhi, Gujarat, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai, Vidarbha and Bengal made it through to the quarterfinals, which will start on December 7. Before we get there, here’s a look at the major numbers from the season so far.
Out of 84 group matches, 47 yielded results, while 35 were draws. Two Hyderabad home games – against Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh – were abandoned without a ball bowled because of poor weather.
Riding on Prashant Chopra’s triple century, Himachal Pradesh piled up 729 for 8 in their game against Punjab in Dharamsala. This is so far the only 700-plus score this season and also the highest team total for HP in first-class cricket. In all, there have been 11 totals of 600 or more this season, with Punjab reaching the mark on four occasions.
Highest team totals
|Himachal Pradesh||729/8d||Punjab||Dharamsala||October 6, 2017|
|Karnataka||655||Uttar Pradesh||Kanpur||November 17, 2017|
|Punjab||653/9d||Chhattisgarh||Raipur||November 1, 2017|
Assam were skittled for 55 against Railways in Guwahati, thus registering the lowest total in the group-stage matches. Earlier, Railways had bundled out Uttar Pradesh for 72 in an exciting passage of play when the home side faltered in their chase of 94 in Lucknow.
Lowest team totals
|Assam||55||Railways||Guwahati||October 24, 2017|
|Uttar Pradesh||72||Railways||Lucknow||October 6, 2017|
|Jammu and Kashmir||79||Kerala||Thumba||November 1, 2017|
The biggest win of the tournament has been Saurashtra’s innings-and-212-run victory over Jammu and Kashmir in Rajkot when the visitors were bowled out for 156 and 256 in response to the home side’s first-innings total of 624 for 7 declared.
Largest victories by innings
|Saurashtra||inns & 212 runs||J&K||Rajkot||October 14, 2017|
|Railways||inns & 184 runs||Assam||Guwahati||October 24, 2017|
|Bengal||inns & 160 runs||Chhattisgarh||Raipur||October 14, 2017|
If Saurashtra inflicted the largest innings victory, they also suffered the heaviest defeat in terms of runs when Kerala slayed them by 309 runs in Thumba.
Largest victories by runs
|Kerala||309 runs||Saurashtra||Thumba||November 17, 2017|
|Gujarat||238 runs||Haryana||Valsad||November 1, 2017|
|Karnataka||209 runs||Railways||Delhi||November 25, 2017|
The group-stage matches witnessed six ten-wicket results. While Tripura were at the receiving end on two occasions, Jharkhand were the only team to have won as well as lost a game by ten wickets. In Ranchi, they beat Haryana before losing to Gujarat at the same venue in the last round.
Largest victories by wickets
|Jharkhand||10 wickets||Haryana||Ranchi||October 24, 2017|
|Madhya Pradesh||10 wickets||Tripura||Agartala||October 24, 2017|
|Hyderabad||10 wickets||Railways||Delhi||November 1, 2017|
|Vidarbha||10 wickets||Bengal||Kalyani||November 9, 2017|
|Gujarat||10 wickets||Jharkhand||Ranchi||November 25, 2017|
|Mumbai||10 wickets||Tripura||Mumbai||November 25, 2017|
In a low-scoring game in Lahli, Haryana beat J&K by 18 runs, thus registering the narrowest win this season. UP found themselves on the wrong end when they lost by 21 runs and 31 runs against Railways and Maharashtra respectively, both times at home.
Smallest victories by runs
|Haryana||J&K||18 runs||Rohtak||November 17, 2017|
|Railways||Uttar Pradesh||21 runs||Lucknow||October 6, 2017|
|Maharashtra||Uttar Pradesh||31 runs||Lucknow||October 24, 2017|
In terms of wickets, there have been three four-wicket victories this season. While Gujarat and Hyderabad won their games against Kerala and Assam respectively, UP once again finished as the losing side in a close encounter, this time against Delhi.
Smallest victories by wickets
|Gujarat||Kerala||4 wickets||Nadiad||October 14, 2017|
|Delhi||Uttar Pradesh||4 wickets||Delhi||November 1, 2017|
|Hyderabad||Assam||4 wickets||Guwahati||November 17, 2017|
After scoring just 31 runs – including a pair – in his first two games of the season, Mayank Agarwal turned it around with five centuries – including a triple – in the next four matches. In all, he has amassed 1064 runs from six games at an average of 133. Agarwal also has the most centuries this season, with Faiz Fazal of Vidarbha in second place having scored four tons from eight innings.
Meanwhile, Anmolpreet Singh didn’t look back after making a 50 on his first-class debut against HP and is second on the list of highest run-getters with 753 runs. But with Punjab failing to qualify for the knockouts, his journey for the current season has ended.
|Mayank Agarwal (Karnataka)||6||10||2||1064||304*||133.00||5|
|Anmolpreet Singh (Punjab)||5||7||1||753||267||125.50||3|
|G Hanuma Vihari (Andhra)||6||10||2||752||302*||94.00||2|
So far there have been three triple centuries. Chopra was the first to reach the milestone with his 363-ball 338 against Punjab in Dharamsala, while Vihari and Agarwal got there later on.
Highest individual score
|Prashant Chopra (HP)||338||44||2||Punjab||Dharamsala||October 6, 2017|
|Mayank Agarwal (Karnataka)||304*||28||4||Maharashtra||Pune||November 1, 2017|
|Hanuma Vihari (Andhra)||302*||29||2||Odisha||Vizianagaram||October 24, 2017|
In the bowling department, the top three wicket-takers are all spinners, albeit of different kinds. Jalaj Saxena, the offspinner, headed the list with 38 scalps, with Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, the left-arm spinner, and Piyush Chawla, the legspinner, behind him.
Ashok Dinda, who completed 300 wickets in the Ranji Trophy in his last game, is the only fast bowler in the top five, sitting at fourth place with 30 scalps.
|Jalaj Saxena (Kerala)||6||38||15.15||8-85||11-77||40.3||3||2|
|Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (Saurashtra)||6||34||26.02||6-68||10-265||40.9||3||1|
|Piyush Chawla (Gujarat)||5||31||17.51||5-44||9-92||31.5||3||0|
Chintan Gaja, who took 8 for 40 against Rajasthan in Surat, has the best bowling figures in an innings, while Saxena’s effort of 8 for 85 against the same opponents put him in the second spot.
Best bowling figures in an innings
|Chintan Gaja (Gujarat)||15||7||40||8||Rajasthan||Surat||November 17, 2017|
|Jalaj Saxena (Kerala)||33.3||5||85||8||Rajasthan||Thumba||October 24, 2017|
|Ashok Dinda (Bengal)||10.5||4||21||7||Chhattisgarh||Raipur||October 14, 2017|
Chirag Khurana’s match-winning haul of 12 for 184 against UP in Lucknow were the best bowling figures in a match, followed by the 11-wicket hauls of Saxena and Diwesh Pathania.
Best bowling figures in a match
|Chirag Khurana (Maharashtra)||56.2||4||184||12||Uttar Pradesh||Lucknow||October 24, 2017|
|Jalaj Saxena (Kerala)||50.3||15||77||11||Jharkhand||Thiruvananthapuram||October 6, 2017|
|Diwesh Pathania (Services)||43.5||19||86||11||Chhattisgarh||Raipur||November 17, 2017|
Among fielders, Rujul Bhatt, Fazal and Wasim Jaffer have 13 catches each, while K Srikar Bharat led the chart for wicketkeepers with 24 dismissals. Manoj Singh had the most dismissals an innings for a wicketkeeper when he took five catches and made two stumpings against Punjab, falling just one short of equalling Samarjit Nath’s Ranji Trophy record.
Most catches by outfielders
|Rujul Bhatt (Gujarat)||6||12||13||1.08|
|Faiz Fazal (Vidarbha)||6||12||13||1.08|
|Wasim Jaffer (Vidarbha)||6||12||13||1.08|
Most dismissals as a wicketkeeper
|Player||Mat||Inns||Dis||Ct||St||Max Dis Inns||Dis/Inn|
|K Srikar Bharat (Andhra)||6||12||24||23||1||5 (5ct, 0st)||2.00|
|Mahesh Rawat (Railways)||6||11||23||19||4||5 (4ct, 1st)||2.09|
|Manoj Singh (Chhattisgarh)||6||8||21||18||3||7 (5ct, 2st)||2.63|