Full Name

Rajneesh Naresh Gurbani

Born

January 28, 1993, Nagpur, Maharashtra

Age

29y 311d

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

Career Averages
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
FC3153481925071067/6812/16223.653.1245.4471
List A27271139936243/383/3839.004.9347.4000
T201717330438153/243/2429.207.9622.0000
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
FC31341021228*8.8357836.6700283140
List A27184106227.5722247.74007170
T20176214123.502751.85001040
Recent Matches - Player
MatchBatBowlDateGroundFormat
Vidarbha vs Jharkhand--0/5623-Nov-2022KolkataList A
Vidarbha vs Assam18*5/77 & 4/3303-Mar-2022RohtakFC
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
Photos
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