Full name Rajneesh Naresh Gurbani
Born January 28, 1993, Nagpur, Maharashtra
Current age 25 years 240 days
Major teams Vidarbha, Vidarbha Under-19s
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|First-class debut||Jharkhand v Vidarbha at Wayanad, Oct 27-30, 2016 scorecard|
|Last First-class||India A v Australia A at Alur, Sep 8-11, 2018 scorecard|
|List A debut||Odisha v Vidarbha at Delhi, Dec 10, 2015 scorecard|
|Last List A||Punjab v Vidarbha at Alur (2), Sep 21, 2018 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Gujarat v Vidarbha at Nagpur, Jan 3, 2016 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Uttar Pradesh v Vidarbha at Raipur, Jan 15, 2018 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/38, 0*||Vidarbha||v Punjab||Alur (2)||21 Sep 2018||LA|
|1, 1/29||Vidarbha||v Baroda||Bengaluru||20 Sep 2018||LA|
|1/57, 16*, 0/9||India A||v Australia A||Alur||8 Sep 2018||FC|
|2, 2/29, 1, 0/12||India Red||v India Blue||Dindigul||23 Aug 2018||FC|
|22, 7/81||India Red||v India Green||Dindigul||17 Aug 2018||FC|
|2/47, 2/45||India A||v SA A||Bengaluru||4 Aug 2018||FC|
|1/53, 0, 3/64||India A||v W. Indies A||Taunton||10 Jul 2018||FC|
|22*, 4/70||Vidarbha||v Rest of Ind||Nagpur||14 Mar 2018||FC|
|4, 1/24||Vidarbha||v Saurashtra||Secunderabad||14 Feb 2018||LA|
|2/43, 0*||Vidarbha||v Chhattisgarh||Hyderabad (Deccan)||11 Feb 2018||LA|
Rajneesh Gurbani is a throwback to a young Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Lithe and wiry, Gurbani relies heavily on swing: his stock delivery is the one that leaves the right-hander. He isn't express - his average speed hovers around 130-135 kph - but manages skiddy pace, which makes him dangerous in front of the stumps. He is also capable of consistently finding subtle movement off the pitch.
A civil engineer by qualification, Gurbani broke into Vidarbha's Ranji Trophy team in the 2016-17 season, on the back of solid performances in the state's Under-19 and Under-23 tournaments. He showed potential early, following up his debut with back-to-back four-wicket hauls against Saurashtra and Delhi.
Those performances provided a preview of Gurbani's talent. The breakout season arrived the following year. Armed with a much-improved inswinger, Gurbani impressed with his composure and initiative to bowl in crunch situations. He was Vidarbha's go-to man, on the road to their maiden Ranji Trophy final, snaring five five-wicket hauls starting from their last group-stage game. He stunned Kerala with four wickets in as many overs in the quarter-final, which sent them hurtling to a 412-run defeat.
He followed up with five-fors in each innings of the semi-final against the favourites Karnataka. That included a career-best 7 for 68 in a dramatic finish on the final morning as Vidarbha won by five runs. The dream run extended into the final against Delhi: Gurbani took a hat-trick on the second morning, becoming only the second bowler to register one in a Ranji final.