In 1941, Holkar, a renowned Dhangar family, started to participated in the Ranji trophy. This team continued playing for 14 years up to 1954-55 and was the winner of the Ranji trophy 4 times. Prominent players like Mushtaq Ali and C.K. Nayadu were members of this team. Further, this team was substituted by the Madhya Bharat team. After a period of 2 years, this team was replaced by Madhya Pradesh cricket team. From 1988 to 2001, prominent players like Sandeep Patil and Chandrakant Pandit from Mumbai got the opportunity to lead this team.
Some of the players of the Madhya Pradesh cricket team in the recent past are as follows – Amay Khurasiya, who was a left handed batsman, has recently retired from First class cricket and started work as a television commentator. Yogesh Ashok Golwalkar is a left handed batsman who has also represented Middlesex Cricket team, Plate Group A, India A, Rest of India and Essex 2nd XI. Taduri Chandra Sudhindra is a left handed batsman as well as a right arm fast bowler. Shantanu Pitre is a right arm fast bowler and a right handed batsman. Sayed Abbas Ali is a left handed batsman and the captain of the Madhya Pradesh cricket team. Rahul Naresh Bakshi plays the double role of right arm medium pace bowler and a right handed batsman.
In the 1998-99 season, the Madhya Pradesh cricket team reached the final of the Ranji Trophy under the captaincy of Chandrakant Pandit.