The Tamil Nadu cricket team was called as Madras till the end of the 1960s as the state of Tamil Nadu was also called as Madras. The top cricketing competition in India is the Super League of the Ranji Trophy, of which the Tamil Nadu Cricket team is a part of. This team has established itself as one of the strongest teams in the nation.
The Tamil Nadu Cricket team has won the Ranji Trophy in 1954-55 and 1987-88 seasons. It finished as the runners-up in 1995-96, 1991-92, 1972-73, 1967-68, 1940-41 and 1935-36. The home ground of this team is the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium. This ground is named after a former President of the BCCI. In the past it was also called as the Madras Cricket Club Ground or the Chepauk. This ground was created in 1916 and in 1996, floodlights were installed. The capacity of this stadium is 50,000.
In the 2008-09 season in the Ranji Trophy Super League, The Tamil Nadu Cricket team accumulated 23 points in Pool B as there were 2 wins and 4 draws. It was the topper in this pool followed by Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh. It defeated Bengal by 8 wickets in the quarter finals. The team was defeated by Uttar Pradesh in the semi finals by an innings lead advantage. A. Mukund was the most prolific batsman in this trophy for the Tamil Nadu Cricket team and he accrued 856 runs with 300 not out as the highest score. In the bowling department, L. Balaji claimed 36 wickets. His best bowling figures were 6 for 24 in the quarter finals against Bengal.
Some of the players of Tamil Nadu Cricket team who have represented India are Murali Kartik, Murali Vijay, Subramaniam Badrinath, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Hemang Badani, Robin Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Sadagoppan Ramesh, Bharath Reddy, S. Venkataraghavan, L. Sivaramakrishnan and K. Srikkanth.
In the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons in the Ranji Trophy, the Tamil Nadu Cricket team was the runners-up behind Mumbai.