Bengal cricket team (Bengali: বাংলা ক্রিকেট দল) is considered Eastern India's strongest cricket team, it is the Elite Group of the Ranji Trophy and were runners-up twice consecutively in the 2005-06 and the 2006-07 season. Their ranks are occasionally bolstered by the return of Sourav Ganguly to the domestic competition. Bengal has had two Ranji Trophy victories in its years and has been runners-up a total of 11 times.
Bengal's first success came in the third Ranji Trophy season (1936/37), in which it came runners-up to Nawanagar, two years later it beat Southern Punjab in the final of the Ranji Trophy to become the 4th team to hold the title. For the next 51 years it did not manage to hold the Trophy again, until it beat a strong Delhi in the 1990 final. In this time, the Bengal cricket team had come runner-up a total of 11 times, its most recent win being in 1989.