M. J. Gopalan Trophy
The idea of the competition came about with the starting of a silver jubilee fund in 1952 to celebrate M.J. Gopalan's 25 years as a cricket and hockey player. Through the fund, an annual cricket match was instituted between Madras and Ceylon and named after Gopalan. The trophy was donated by the Madras cricket administrator V. Pattabhiraman and was presented to the victors after the first match by Learie Constantine.
Ceylon won the first match. The match became a regular fixture in the calendar until Sri Lanka received Test status and the competition was stopped. It was revived in 2000 with a match between Tamil Nadu and a Colombo District Cricket Association. Two years later the fixture was dropped again but in 2007 the Sri Lankan and Tamil Nadu boards agreed to restart the competition. A match was played in September 2007 between Tamil Nadu and a Sri Lankan XI, won by the Sri Lankan team. No matches for the trophy have been played since.
There have been 27 first-class matches for the Gopalan Trophy. The names of the competing sides have varied, especially the Sri Lankan teams.
|1952-53||Chepauk Stadium, Madras||Ceylon by 95 runs|
|1953-54||Nondescripts Cricket Club Ground, Colombo||Ceylon Cricket Association by an innings and 108 runs|
|1955-56||Nehru Stadium, Madras||Ceylon by an innings and 14 runs|
|1956-57||P. Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo||Ceylon Cricket Association by 5 wickets|
|1957-58||Chepauk Stadium, Madras||Madras by 2 wickets|
|1958-59||P. Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo||Drawn|
|1959-60||Nehru Stadium, Madras||Madras by 8 wickets|
|1960-61||P. Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo||Ceylon Cricket Association by 169 runs|
|1961-62||Nehru Stadium, Madras||Ceylon by an innings and 66 runs|
|1963-64||P. Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo||Ceylon Board President's XI by 6 wickets|
|1965-66||P. Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo||Drawn|
|1966-67||Chepauk Stadium, Madras||Drawn|
|1967-68||P. Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo||Ceylon Board President's Under-27s XI by 105 runs|
|1968-69||Chepauk Stadium, Madras||Drawn|
|1969-70||P. Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo||Drawn|
|1970-71||Chepauk Stadium, Madras||Drawn|
|1971-72||Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo||Tamil Nadu by an innings and 9 runs|
|1972-73||Chepauk Stadium, Madras||Tamil Nadu by 3 runs|
|1973-74||P. Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo||Drawn|
|1974-75||Mahatma Gandhi Stadium, Salem||Tamil Nadu by an innings and 73 runs|
|1975-76||Colombo Cricket Club Ground, Colombo||Sri Lanka Board President's XI by 22 runs|
|1976-77||Chepauk Stadium, Madras||Drawn|
|1980-81||Mahatma Gandhi Stadium, Salem||Drawn|
|1982-83||P. Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo||Drawn|
|2000-01||Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo||Drawn|
|2001-02||Chepauk Stadium, Madras||Drawn|
|2007-08||Colts Cricket Club Ground, Colombo||Sri Lanka Cricket XI by an innings and 96 runs|
Ceylon/Sri Lanka have won 10 times, Madras/Tamil Nadu 5 times, and 12 matches have been drawn.
The highest score for Ceylon/Sri Lanka is 212 by Ievers Gunasekera in 1958-59, and the highest for Madras/Tamil Nadu is 179 by Michael Dalvi in 1974-75. The best innings figures for Ceylon/Sri Lanka are 8 for 43 by Lalith Kaluperuma in 1975-76, and the best for Madras/Tamil Nadu are 8 for 60 by V.V. Kumar in 1957-58. The best match figures for Ceylon/Sri Lanka are 11 for 43 (6 for 17 and 5 for 26) by John Arenhold in 1956-57, and the best for Madras/Tamil Nadu are 12 for 108 (4 for 48 and 8 for 60) by V.V. Kumar in 1957-58.
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- Neil Wijeratne, Batting on a Matting Wicket, Neil Wijeratne, Wattala, 2011, pp. 170-180.
- Madras v Ceylon 1952-53
- "The revival of a tournament". Frontline. 2000-11-11. Retrieved 2007-09-22.
- "Ashwin leads Tamil Nadu in revived Gopalan Trophy". Cricinfo. 2007-09-21. Retrieved 2007-09-22.
- Sri Lanka Cricket XI v Tamil Nadu 2007-08
- Ceylon Cricket Association v Madras 1958-59
- Tamil Nadu v Sri Lanka 1974-75
- Sri Lanka Board President's XI v Tamil Nadu 1975-76
- Madras v Ceylon 1957-58
- Ceylon Cricket Association v Madras 1956-57
- "Ceylon v Madras. Colombo 13-15 April 1957". Cricinfo.com. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
- S. S. Perera, The Janashakthi Book of Sri Lanka Cricket (1832–1996), Janashakthi Insurance, Colombo, 1999, pp. 420–23