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I used to dream about winning Ranji Trophy and it has finally come true: Rajneesh Gurbani

first_imgVidarbha’s new year started on the best possible note as they lifted their maiden Ranji Trophy title beating Delhi by 9 wickets in the final on Monday.Rajneesh Gurbani, who became only the second bowler in history to pick up a hat-trick in the Ranji Trophy final, was one of the architects of the win and was adjudged Man of the Match for finishing with 8 wickets in the match.The 24-year-old was ecstatic after the win and said his dream of winning the Ranji Trophy has finally come true.”Obviously this is a dream come true. We always kept dreaming of this, now we have the trophy finally. We’re satisfied, we still want to feel how this trophy feels. Our aim will be to continue to do better,” Gurbani said after the match.After conceding a 252-run first innings lead, Delhi were bowled out for 280 in their second innings, setting a target of merely 29 runs for Vidarbha on Day 4.Vidarbha lost only one wicket and took only five overs to chase down the target which gave them their first Ranji Trophy title.24-year-old Gurbani finished the Ranji Trophy season with 39 wickets in six matches at an average of 17.12 with 5 five-wicket hauls and a ten-for. He was the second-highest wicket-taker in the season behind Jalaj Saxena, who got 44 wickets in 7 matches.”Changes were a lot to do with the mind. Right from the first game, we had in the back of our mind that we need to win the trophy, and we have finally done that on a special day.advertisement”They (Pandit and Subroto) are the two main persons because of whom we have done so well. A big thank you to Chandrakant sir who has made tehnical changes in my bowling.”Same with Subroto sir as well, when he is around, I have nothing to worry about. It’s the New Year’s day as well, so we will definitely celebrate,” Gurbani added.Vidarbha captain Faiz Fazal said winning the Ranji Trophy was like a fairytale moment for the team.”Really worked for the trophy. A fairytale. Months of training has paid off. The bowlers did really well in the first innings and that set the tone for us. Thakare had some nerves but bowling the first over settled the nerves. I also wanted Gurbani to bowl the second over.”This is really a team-effort and I am thankful to the boys, Chandrakant Pandit and Subroto Banerjee,” Fazal said at the post-match presentation.last_img read more