Virat Kohli included but Suryakumar Yadav snubbed as Harshit Rana picks top 3 T20 batsmen

Published - 17 Jun 2024, 07:57 PM

Harshit Rana, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav
Harshit Rana, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav (Credits: X)

Kolkata Knight Riders star Harshit Rana enjoyed a breakthrough season in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year. The right-arm pacer played a key role in KKR's triumphant campaign this season.

He impressed one and all with his ability to take wickets at any stage of the game. In KKR's very first game of the season, he bowled a match-winning spell against Sunrisers Hyderabad by defending 12 runs in the final over against the likes of Heinrich Klaasen and Shahbaz Ahmed.

He did not look after that impressive start and went on to finish the season as the fifth-highest wicket-taker. In 11 games, Harshit Rana picked up an impressive 19 wickets as KKR went on to win the IPL for the third time and first time since 2014. 

Harshit Rana picks his top 3 T20 batters:

Having played with and against some of the best T20 batters from around the world and in the IPL, Harshit Rana has revealed his top 3 batters in the shortest format of the game. He recently appeared on Shubhankar Mishra's YouTube show and revealed the names of the three batters.

The 22-year-old began by picking India batting superstar Virat Kohli, calling him the best batsman in the format before picking England star Jos Buttler and South Africa's Quinton de Kock.

"Virat bhaiya, I am talking about IPL only, but Virat is overall best in the format. Jos Buttler, and for me right now Quinton de Kock," said Harshit Rana.

The host quickly asked Harshit Rana the reason behind leaving out the likes of Suryakumar Yadav
and Heinrich Klassen. In reply, the young pacer said:

"They are also good but when I am bowling the new ball, and these three in front of me then I would have to think harder about where to pitch, what to do. You can't bowl short to Quinton. He plays short ball really well, pace does not have any effect on him," said Harshit Rana.

"Jos Buttler, I feel (Jos) Buttler is a very difficult batsman to bowl at. He smashed me this year in the match that we lost against RR. I find him difficult because he has all the shots in the world be it lap, peddle, or on onside. Virat Bhaiya can play all the shots. His game plan comes out as so solid that you have to make several plans before bowling to him," he added.

Kohli had a brilliant campaign in this year's IPL as he finished the competition as the highest run-scorer. He scored 741 runs with the help of a century and five fifties. On the other hand, Buttler scored 359 runs with the help of two centuries while de Kock scored 250 runs with the help of three fifties.