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5 key players who led Vidarbha to their maiden Ranji Trophy Title

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  1. Rajneesh Gurbani
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The 19-year-old Rajneesh Gurbani impressed with his pace bowling abilities in 2017/18 edition of Ranji Trophy. He played 6 matches (12 innings) for Vidarbha and took 39 wickets. In the quarterfinals against Kerala, Gurbani took 7 wickets that helped Vidarbha to qualify for semi-finals. He bowled his heart out against a strong and fancied team of Karnataka batting line-up in the semi-finals. He picked 7 wickets in the first innings and when team required most Gurbani took 5 wickets in the second innings too sealing a place in their maiden Ranji Trophy finals.

On the second day of finals against Delhi, the young fast bowler became the second bowler to take a hat-trick in Ranji Trophy finals. He took 6 wickets in the first innings to restrict Delhi to just 295. In the second innings too, he picked 2 key wickets of Gambhir and well set Nitish Rana. Gurbani took 5 wickets in an innings 3 times and 10 wickets in a match 2 times. He finished as the second leading wicket-taker during 2017/18 Ranji Trophy season.

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