Rajneesh Gurbani becomes 2nd bowler to take hat-trick in Ranji final

The first hat-trick in a Ranji final came in 1972/73 in Chennai against Mumbai. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 30, 2017, 06.58 AM (IST)

Indian Cricketer Rajneesh Gurbani on Saturday stepped up for his team Vidarbha by taking a hat-trick to restrict Delhi to 295 in the first innings of the Ranji Trophy Final. 

The medium-pacer bowled Vikas Sharma and Navdeep Saini of the last two deliveries of his 23rd over, before castling centurion Dhruv Shorey of the first ball of his 24th over. 

With this hat-trick, Gurbani is only the second bowler after B Kalyanasundaram of Tamil Nadu to achieve this feat in a Ranji Trophy final. 

The first hat-trick in a Ranji final came in 1972/73 in Chennai against Mumbai. 

The best bit about Gurbani's achievement came from the fact that he suffered an ankle injury on Friday which made him leave the field in the middle of the over for 30 minutes.

But the bowler resumed his play on Saturday and ended the innings with 6 wickets for 59 runs.

This is not the first time when Gurbani has proved his calibre. In the semifinal also, Gurbani took a total of 12 wickets, including seven in the second innings to enforce the win against Karnataka.