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Mumbai were last Ranji champions in the 2015-16 season

Named for Maharaja Ranjitsinhji, the Ranji Trophy is India's most prestigious domestic tournament and the forerunner in first-class cricket. Many of the country's biggest talents on the international stage - both past and present, have found their fame in Ranji cricket - among them Rahul Dravid, Javagal Srinath, S. Venkatraghavan and more.

Mumbai, known before the name change as Bombay, are the most successful team in Ranji history, taking the title more times than any other team in the history of Ranji.

Here's a look at the top teams in Ranji cricket in terms of the matches they have played.

500: Bombay/Mumbai

It's no surprise that Mumbai top this list. The most successful team in the long and rich 83-year history of the Ranji Trophy, the team have taken 41 titles - the most of any team in Ranji cricket.

Mumbai are one of three Ranji teams based in Maharashtra, with the Maharashtra team and Vidarbha.

Their success has sustained over decades and eras, with the side taking their most recent win in the 2015-2016 season.

Mumbai not only played the first ever edition of the Ranji Trophy, but won it, with Indian cricketing icon Vijay Merchant starring in that win. The western-Indian side have had somewhat of a hegemony over the title, and remain the only team to date to have taken a hat-trick of titles in Ranji, and held the title for a staggering fifteen consecutive years between 1958 and 1973, with rivals Karnataka taking the title that year to end Mumbai's streak.

They have also played in over half of every Ranji final ever played: at 46 of 83 total finals, Bombay - now Mumbai - have been in the finals in 55% of all Ranji finals held.

They have lost only five of those.

2017 might be a difficult time for the side, but they have long cemented their place in Ranji history.

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