The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy is a T20 domestic Indian cricket tournament that was created by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). As you have probably guessed, the tournament was named after Syed Mushtaq Ali, who was the first overseas test player to score a century. He managed this feat in 1936 when he scored 112 against England in Manchester. You can find out more information about this tournament below.
When was the Inaugural Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Held?
When compared to some of the other competitions that we talk about on this site, this one is quite young as the first edition was played during the 2009-10 cricket season. Just like with all T20 tournaments, this one has gone on to become very popular among local cricket fans.
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Shreyas Iyer scored an astonishing 147 runs from just 55 balls while playing for Mumbai against Sikkim on February 21st, 2019. He hit fifteen sixes and seven fours, leaving Rishabh Pant’s highest Twenty20 score by an Indian in his wake. The fifteen sixes that he blasted saw him achieve the record of hitting the most sixes in a Twenty20 match (the previous best was eleven by Murali Vijay).
Punjab have reached the final three times and have lost on every occasion.
Jammu and Kashmir once lost twenty-two matches in a row, which is the record for most consecutive defeats.
Karnataka once won fourteen games in a row, which is the record for the most consecutive wins.
The lowest team score is 30, which was scored by Tripura against Jharkhand in 2009.
The highest team score is 233, which was scored by Gujarat against Kerala in 2013.
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What Teams Currently Take Part in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy?
At the moment, all the 37 domestic teams in India take part in this tournament. All these teams can be found in the table below, alongside the stadium they play in and the capacity of that stadium.
|Andhra||Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy||30,000|
|Arunachal Pradesh||No Ground||N/A|
|Baroda||Moti Bagh Stadium||18,000|
|Chhattisgarh||Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium||65,000|
|Delhi||Feroz Shah Kotla||55,000|
|Goa||Dr. Rajendra Prasad Stadium||5,000|
|Gujarat||Sardar Patel Stadium||110,000|
|Haryana||Chaudhary Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium||8,500|
|Himachal Pradesh||Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium||25,000|
|Hyderabad||Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium||55,000|
|Jammu and Kashmir||Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium||N/A|
|Jharkhand||JSCA International Stadium Complex||39,000|
|Karnataka||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium||40,000|
|Madhya Pradesh||Holkar Stadium||45,000|
|Maharashtra||Maharashtra Cricket Association Cricket Stadium||34,000|
|Nagaland||Nagaland Cricket Team||12,000|
|Punjab||Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium||28,000|
|Railways||Karnail Singh Stadium||5,000|
|Rajasthan||Sawai Mansingh Stadium||30,000|
|Saurashtra||Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium||28,000|
|Services||Palam A Stadium||N/A|
|Tamil Nadu||M. A. Chidambaram Stadium||50,000|
|Tripura||Narshingarh Cricket Ground||15,000|
|Uttar Pradesh||Green Park Stadium||25,000|
|Uttarakhand||Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium||25,000|
|Vidarbha||Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium||45,000|
What Format Has Been Used in This Cricket Competition?
From the 2009-10 edition up until the 2012-13 one, 27 teams from the Ranji Trophy were divided into five zones, with the teams that finished first and second qualifying for the knock-out rounds. In the 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15 editions the knock-out stage was abolished, and a Super League took its place. In this league, the zone winners and runners-up were split into two groups and the winners met in the final.
For the 2015-16 season, the competing teams were divided into four groups. For the 2016-17 edition, zonal teams participated in the Super League instead of just the zonal winners. For the 2017-18 tournament, 10 teams were split into two groups of five and the winners of each group played each other in the finals for the right to be crowned champions.
In the 2018-19 season, 37 teams were split into five groups and the top two from each group qualified for the Super League, which was made up of two groups of five. The winners from each group then met each other in the final.
Let’s See What Teams Have Lifted the Trophy?
There have been ten editions of this tournament. In the table below you will be able to see which teams were victorious each year and which teams finished as the runners-up.
|2016-17||East Zone||Central Zone|
So, Gujarat and Baroda have won the competition twice each, while Punjab has been in the final three times and have finished as runners-up every single time.
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