The Vijay Hazare Trophy is a 50-over domestic competition that involves the teams that compete in the Ranji Trophy. It was named after Vijay Hazare, who was an Indian cricketer that captained the national side between 1951 and 1953, leading India to their first ever test win, after twenty-five times of asking. If you would like to find out more about this competition, keep reading.
When Did The First Vijay Hazare Trophy Take Place?
In 2002 the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) declared that the very first Vijay Hazare Trophy would be taking place later that year. Since its inception, it has become a very popular competition in India and has even paved the way for talented cricketers to get selected for the national team.
Below are some fun facts about this competition
Vijay Hazare, after whom the tournament is named, bowled the legendary Sir Don Bradman out twice. A feat he could be very proud of.
Shahbaaz Nadeem, a left-arm spinner, took eight wickets for just ten runs when playing against Rajasthan. By doing this, he broke a twenty-year record that was set by Rahul Sanghvi in a match between Himachal Pradesh and Delhi.
Ajinkya Rahane holds the record for the highest individual score in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He scored 187 runs for Mumbai against Maharashtra during the 2007/08 season.
Karnataka opener Mayank Agarwal scored 723 runs in eight matches at an average of 90.37 in the 2017/18 Vijay Hazare Trophy. This was a tournament record, but, incredibly so, it still wasn’t enough for him to be selected for the national side.
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What Teams Will You Find in the Vijay Hazare Competition?
Twenty-seven teams compete in this tournament. You can find all of these teams in the table below, alongside the stadium that they play in and its capacity.
|Andhra Pradesh||Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium||30,000|
|Baroda||Moti Bagh Stadium||18,000|
|Delhi||Feroz Zhah Kotla||55,000|
|Goa||Dr. Rajendre Prasad Stadium||5,000|
|Gujarat||Sardar Patel Stadium||110,000|
|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. Chinnaswammy Stadium||40,000|
|Madhya Pradesh||Holkar Stadium||30,000|
|Maharashtra||Maharashtra Cricket Association Cricket Stadium||34,000|
|Punjab||Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium||28,000|
|Railways||Karnail Singh Stadium||N/A|
|Rajasthan||Sawai Mansingh Stadium||30,000|
|Saurashtra||Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium||28,000|
|Services||Palam A Ground||N/A|
|Tamil Nadu||M.A Chidambaram Stadium||50,000|
|Tripura||Narsingarh Cricket Ground||15,000|
|Uttar Pradesh||Green Park Stadium||25,000|
|Vidarbha||Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium||45,000|
What is the Format of the Vijay Hazare Trophy?
From the 2002-03 season right up until the 2014-15 season, the twenty-seven teams were split into five different zonal groups. These can be seen in the table below:
|Number of Teams|
|North||Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, and Services||
|South||Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, and Hyderabad||
|Central||Railways, Vidarbha, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh||
|East||Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand, Tripura||
|West||Gujarat, Baroda, Mumbai, Maharashtra, and Saurashtra||
Each team plays everyone once and the winners from each zone plus the best runner-up qualify directly for the quarter finals. The four other runners-up play against each other and the two winners join the other six teams in a knock-out tournament.
For the 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 competitions, the zonal groups were dropped for four groups of seven teams. The top two teams in each group qualified for the knock-out stage.
For the 2018-19 tournament, the teams were split into three elite groups and a plate group. Two of the elite groups had nine teams and the third one had ten. The plate group was made up of nine teams. The average points that a team amassed over the last three seasons determined what group they were placed in.
Which Teams Have Won This Cup?
|2004-05||Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh (shared)|
So, as you can see, this table shows that Tamil Nadu is the most successful team in the history of this competition. Bengal, on the other hand, are the unluckiest as they have appeared in the final five times and have only gone on to win it one time.
Take a Good Look at Our Match Prognostics
We provide prognostics for many matches in this tournament, so take the time to give them a read if you are thinking about placing some wagers on some matches that are taking place in it. The tips that we provide will definitely improve your odds of winning your bets.