Chennai, Jan 13 (IBNS) Tamil Nadu will host Rajasthan in the final of the 2011-12 edition of the Ranji Trophy.
The game will be played at Chennai's magnificent M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, from 19 January 2012 to 23 January 2012.
This will be Tamil Nadu's first appearance in a Ranji Trophy final, since 2003-04, when they lost to Mumbai on first-innings at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium. Interestingly, they returned the favour at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai's home ground, in the semi-final of the ongoing edition.
Tamil Nadu have won the Ranji Trophy twice. The first instance was in 1954-55, when they beat Holkar in the final, played at Indore, by 46 runs. The team was known as 'Madras' then. Balu Alaganan was the captain. The second triumph was achieved in 1987-88, under the captaincy of S. Vasudevan. Railways were outplayed in the final, played at Chennai, by an innings and 144 runs.
The team has been runners-up eight times.
Rajasthan will look to repeat their success of the previous season. They created history in 2010-11, going all the way from the Plate Group to the Ranji Trophy final, and winning the title for the first time. It was their first Ranji title, after being runners-up eight times. Hrishikesh Kanitkar, who led Rajasthan to their maiden Ranji title, will pit his brains against Laxmipathy Balaji of Tamil Nadu, in the 2011-12 final.
Rajasthan beat Haryana in the semi-final of the ongoing edition, played at Lahli, by 64 runs.