Mumbai defeated Uttar Pradesh in the final of Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021-21 season to clinch their fourth title in the Indian domestic tournament. Led by a spectacular century from Madhav Kaushik (158 off 156) Uttar Pradesh had set a competitive target of 313 for Mumbai, who went onto accomplish the chase courtesy of centurion Aditya Tare (118 off 107) and quick-fire knocks from Prithvi Shaw (73 off 39) and Shivam Dube (42 off 28).
Named after the legendary Indian cricketer Vijay Hazare, the first player in the nation to score a triple century in First-Class cricket, the tournament has been in existence since 1993-94. Until the 2001-02 season, the trophy did not follow the pattern of conducting finals, with teams playing within five zones, namely Central, East, North, South, and West, with no tournament winner named. However, a final round-robin stage was held for the top teams in each zone during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons before a playoff format, including semi-finals and a final, was adopted in 2004-05.
Until the 2014-15 season, 27 teams were split into 5 zonal groups and after facing each team in the group once, the five winning teams along with the best performing runner-up used to qualify for the quarter-final stage, whereas the four other runners-up used to play the preliminary quarter-finals. The two winners of the pre-quarterfinals would then join the remaining six teams in the quarter-final stage.
For the following three seasons starting from 2015, the zonal groups were replaced with 4 groups of seven teams each. Whereas, in the 2018-19 season, the teams were divided into three elite groups and one plate group, comprising of Northeastern states such as Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, and Sikkim. The top two elite groups and the Plate group, back then, had 9 teams while the third elite group had 10.
In the most recent edition, there were a total of five elite groups, each consisting of 6 teams, and a Plate group comprising eight teams. Having won their fourth title, Mumbai is now the second-most successful team of the domestic tournament, behind Karnataka, who have 5 titles under their belt.
Vijay Hazare Trophy: List of Winners and Runner-ups of all the seasons
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