Matches (15)
IPL (1)
WI vs SA (1)
ENG v PAK (W) (1)
County DIV1 (5)
County DIV2 (4)
CE Cup (1)
USA vs BAN (1)
ENG v PAK (1)

Full Name

Rajneesh Naresh Gurbani

Born

January 28, 1993, Nagpur, Maharashtra

Age

31y 119d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Medium

Playing Role

Bowler

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.
Akshay Gopalakrishnan

Rajneesh Gurbani Career Stats

Bowling

FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
FC3459513726341117/6812/16223.723.0746.2471
List A292912471031293/363/3635.554.9643.0000
T20s1717330438153/243/2429.207.9622.0000

Batting & Fielding

FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
FC34391024128*8.3162738.4300324170
List A29184106227.5722247.74007190
T20s176214123.502751.85001040

Recent Matches of Rajneesh Gurbani

MatchBatBowlDateGroundFormat
Vidarbha vs Manipur71/17 & 1/1312-Jan-2024AhmedabadFC
Vidarbha vs Manipur--3/3625-Nov-2023JaipurList A
Vidarbha vs Meghalaya--2/5923-Nov-2023JaipurList A
Vidarbha vs Tripura0 & 160/45 & 2/1420-Dec-2022NagpurFC
Vidarbha vs Railways4 & 20/5 & 1/3313-Dec-2022NagpurFC

Photos of Rajneesh Gurbani

Rajneesh Gurbani in action
Rajneesh Gurbani exults after dismissing Vinay Kumar
Rajneesh Gurbani is mobbed by his team-mates
Rajneesh Gurbani launches an appeal
Rajneesh Gurbani is congratulated by his team-mates