Full name Rajneesh Naresh Gurbani
Born January 28, 1993, Nagpur, Maharashtra
Current age 27 years 365 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||Hyderabad (India) v Vidarbha at Hyderabad (Deccan), Feb 12-15, 2020 scorecard|
|List A debut||Odisha v Vidarbha at Delhi, Dec 10, 2015 scorecard|
|Last List A||Maharashtra v Vidarbha at Vadodara, Oct 17, 2019 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Gujarat v Vidarbha at Nagpur, Jan 3, 2016 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Tamil Nadu v Vidarbha at Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 17, 2019 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|3/48, 1, 0/21||Vidarbha||v Hyderabad||Hyderabad (Deccan)||12 Feb 2020||FC|
|10*, 0/31, 1/64||Vidarbha||v Delhi||Delhi||19 Jan 2020||FC|
|27*, 2/62||Vidarbha||v Punjab||Nagpur||25 Dec 2019||FC|
|1/39, 0/10||Vidarbha||v Rajasthan||Nagpur||17 Dec 2019||FC|
|3/72, 0, 2/63||Vidarbha||v Andhra||Vijayawada||9 Dec 2019||FC|
|0/36, 0||Vidarbha||v Tamil Nadu||Thiruvananthapuram||17 Nov 2019||T20|
|1/34, 0*||Vidarbha||v Kerala||Thumba||14 Nov 2019||T20|
|1/58, 0||Vidarbha||v Maharashtra||Vadodara||17 Oct 2019||LA|
|2/16||Vidarbha||v Baroda||Vadodara||15 Oct 2019||LA|
|1/29||Vidarbha||v Meghalaya||Surat||27 Feb 2019||T20|
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.