Rajneesh Gurbani’s out-swinger cuts Shamarh Brooks in two halves

Even Karun Nair was taken aback by Gurbani's skills.

Rajneesh Gurbani
Rajneesh Gurbani (Photo Source: Twitter)

Rajneesh Gurbani’s hattrick in the final of the Ranji Trophy against Delhi fetched Vidarbha with their maiden championship. His display of swing-bowling caught some of the experienced batsmen napping. Despite possessing the ability, he remained unsold in the IPL at a base price of INR 20 Lakhs. The fast-bowler is presently playing for India A in their unofficial Test against Windies A at Taunton.

While Mohammad Siraj stole most of the show with his four-wicket haul, Gurbani had his moments as well. He nipped out the wicket of Devon Thomas and struck first blood. The speedster also had the opportunity to bowl at skipper Shamarh Brooks, who scored a superlative 122 runs in 228 balls. In the fifth ball of the 34th over, Gurbani churned out a delivery which beat the Windies skipper all ends up.

Gurbani’s masterclass to Windies skipper

The right-hander took his guard way outside the leg-stump as all the stumps were on show. The ball pitched outside the off-stump. The batsman had an open stance and he tentatively brought his left foot forward. The ball shaped into Brooks. However, after pitching, it prodigiously seamed off the deck. The batsman made a tentative push in a hope to make a connection.

He couldn’t get bat to ball and was opened up owing to both the swing and seam. Fortunately, the leather didn’t find the outside edge of the willow. It was virtually an unplayable delivery, which would’ve beaten the best of batters. Even Karun Nair was a tad surprised. On seeing the ball dipping in, Nair made an initial movement towards his left.

He was taken aback by Gurbani’s skills. Soon he realised that the ball swung away after pitching. He altered his direction to his right and somehow managed to latch on to the ball with outstretched arms. After collecting the ball, Nair ended up between first and second slip.

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