Nitish Rana belongs to the category of batsmen in the domestic circuit, who might find himself in the Indian team in the next few years. Not only Nitish Rana has excelled in first-class and List A cricket, but he has also shown flashes of brilliance in the IPL. In an interview for the Kolkata Knight Riders’ official website, he revealed his favourite IPL performance.
Nitish Rana plays for Delhi in domestic cricket, a team for whom he debuted in March 2013 for List A. Rana’s first-class debut came along two years later and since then been a vital part of Delhi’s squad. In only 38 first-class fixtures, the 26-year old has 2266 runs with six centuries with a high score of 174. In the shortest format, the southpaw maintains a strike rate of 135.43.
Rana played for Mumbai Indians previously and performed a key role for them in 2017 when they lifted their third IPL title. The left-hander clattered 333 runs at 30.27 and sustaining a strike rate of 126.14. Nitish moved on to KKR the next season and enjoyed his most successful season last year, hammering 344 runs at a strike rate of 146.38.
Nitish Rana claimed two prized wickets in IPL 2018:
When asked the 26-year old about his most memorable performance, Nitish Rana disclosed that taking the wicket of RCB captain Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers in successive deliveries with his off-spin was the one. He added that by playing a wrong shot, he could not close the game out; however, the brief knock of 34 was essential for his morale.
“When I dismissed Virat and AB in the same over and I scored around 30 runs; however, unfortunately, I played a wrong shot and got out. Dinesh Karthik spoke to me and told that if you want to become a huge player, you have to learn to finish games. However, that knock was essential for me since it was challenging to settle down to one team from another,” the KKR middle-order batsman told in in interview for the official website.
It was the only over that he bowled in that match in which he conceded 11 runs and picked two wickets. Rana contributed 34 runs too as KKR chased 177 with four wickets to spare.