Full Name

Rajneesh Naresh Gurbani


January 28, 1993, Nagpur, Maharashtra


28y 185d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium

Playing Role



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

Career Averages

List A26261079880243/383/3836.664.8944.90000
Batting & Fielding
List A26184106227.5722247.74007170

Recent Matches - Player

Vidarbha vs Tamil Nadu120/2228-Feb-2021IndoreList A
Vidarbha vs Hyderabad13/48 & 0/2112-Feb-2020Hyderabad (Deccan)FC
Vidarbha vs Delhi10*0/31 & 1/6419-Jan-2020DelhiFC
Vidarbha vs Punjab27*2/6225-Dec-2019NagpurFC
Vidarbha vs Rajasthan--1/39 & 0/1017-Dec-2019NagpurFC


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