Vidarbha created history yesterday by winning their maiden Ranji Title. Vidarbha defeated Delhi in the finals by 9 wickets to earn an outright victory over the seven time champions in Holkar Stadium in Indore.
Delhi was bowled out for 295 runs thanks to a 6 wicket haul from Rajneesh Gurbani, which included a hat-trick. Dhruv Shorey scored a valiant century for Delhi in the first innings. Vidarbha came from behind to gain a lead of over 250 runs. That became possible due to Akshay Wadkar scored a brilliant 133 and got support from Aditya Sarwate who made 79 and Siddhesh Neral who made 74, taking Vidarbha to 547.
Delhi had a tough task to overhaul the lead of over 250 and they barely managed to do so with Dhruv Shorey making 62 and Nitish Rana who made 64. Wakhare took 4/95. Vidarbha registered their first Ranji win by reaching the target of 29 runs losing the wicket of Fazal.
Vidarbha’s win was surprising to many cricket experts and everyone was happy for what has been a wonderful journey for the team.
Cricket fraternity sent the Ranji champions Vidarbha their wishes on Twitter and we have some tweets for you:
Congrats my tigers. What a historic win. Missed all action, wish i was in indore. Wadkar showed great nerves for ton in final. Gurbani, what a season u have had. Best wishes to Faiz and Pandit sir.— Umesh Yaadav (@y_umesh) January 1, 2018
Well done Vidarbha. To come from nowhere to win the Ranji Trophy is an outstanding achievement. Biggest day in the lives of these players. Much respect.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 1, 2018
Congratulations to the new Ranji Champions 2017/18 #VIDARBHA well done my friend #Akshay urf Mukesh ???? Top effort by this young fella #Gurbani #RanjiTrophyFinal #Bsports proud clothing partners & sponsors pic.twitter.com/7CKNfRnbwf— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 1, 2018
Winning the Ranji trophy title requires year around effort and team spirit. Winning your maiden title requires all that and even more. Congratulations Vidarbha. #RanjiTrophy #ranjitrophyfinal @BCCIdomestic @BCCI— R P Singh (@RpSingh99) January 1, 2018
Heartiest Congratulations to Vidharba cricket team on winning their maiden Ranji Trophy title. Its been an incredible journey for the first time champions. pic.twitter.com/6Tocxomfm6— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 1, 2018
Congratulations to each and every member of the Vidarbha Ranji Team on winning the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy.— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 1, 2018