Nitish Rana, Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi middle-order batsman, has revealed that he used to lock himself in his room and cry after the dismissal of former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly during his childhood days.
Rana, just like his fellow Indians, who watched cricket in the early 2000s, was a huge fan of Sourav Ganguly in his childhood days. The swashbuckling middle-order batsman, in a freewheeling chat with CricBuzz, revealed that there used to be a ‘fight’ in his family over legendary cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid.
While Nitish was a die-hard fan of Sourav Ganguly, his brother absolutely adored ‘The Wall’ Rahul Dravid and his father was head over heels for Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar.
And, so whenever Ganguly used to get dismissed, his bother used to taunt Nitish, something that would infuriate the southpaw to such an extent that he would lock himself in his room and cry for hours.
“We used to have a fight in our family. My brother was a Rahul Dravid fan, I was a Sourav Ganguly fan and my father adored Sachin Tendulkar. My father would tell me something every time Ganguly used to get out. I would run to my room and lock it and then cry and get angry,” Nitish Rana told CricBuzz.
“I never thought that I can be a part of IPL”- Nitish Rana
Rana also opened up on how he used to go to the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi just to catch glimpse of the likes of Akshay Kumar, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, and AB de Villers during the initial years of the Indian Premier League, a tournament he had never thought he’d be a part of in the future.
“I never thought that I can be a part of IPl. For 4 or 5 seasons I used to got to Feroz Shah Kotla stadium to watch matches because I liked Akshay Kumar and he was with Delhi Daredevils back then. I used to like AB de Villiers and even Gautam Gambhir was in Delhi then. Virender Sehwag was also there. I used to think if one hasn’t seen them play, then they have seen nothing.” Nitish Rana added.
Nitish made his IPL debut for the Mumbai Indians back in 2016. Ahead of the 2018 IPL auctions, Rana was snapped by the Kolkata Knight Riders.