After scoring just 31 runs in his first two games, Mayank Agarwal turned it around with five centuries – including a triple – in the next four. © Wisden India

After scoring just 31 runs in his first two games, Mayank Agarwal turned it around with five centuries – including a triple – in the next four. © Wisden India

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.

Team records
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

Team Score Opposition Venue Match Date
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

Team Score Opposition Venue Match Date
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

Winner Margin Opposition Venue Match Date
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

Winner Margin Opposition Venue Match Date
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

Winner Margin Opposition Venue Match Date
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

Winner Opposition Margin Venue Match Date
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

Winner Opposition Margin Venue Match Date
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

Batting records
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.

Most runs

Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Avg 100s
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

Player Runs 4s 6s Opposition Venue Match Date
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

Bowling records
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.

Most wickets

Player Mat Wkts Avg BBI BBM SR 5WI 10WM
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

Player Overs Mdns Runs Wkts Opposition Venue Match Date
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

Player Overs Mdns Runs Wkts Opposition Venue Match Date
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

Fielding records
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

Player Mat Inns Ct Ct/Inn
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