Nitish Rana, Delhi, and Kolkata Knight Riders, is a self-confessed Sourav Ganguly die-hard fan. The stylish left-handed cricketer has time and again revealed his admiration for the former Indian captain.
Rana belongs to a family full of cricket tragics. While his father is a huge fan of Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, his brother was an admirer of ‘The Wall’ Rahul Dravid. The southpaw used to watch cricket with his father and brother and they would often tease him whenever Sourav Ganguly got dismissed cheaply.
So much so that Rana would spend hours weeping in his room over his hero’s poor performance. Apart from Dada, Nitish Rana has also been a great admirer of Gautam Gambhir.
Rana, in a recent interview, revealed how he used to try and mimic Gambhir’s style of batting during the initial stage of his career.
“But when I started cricket professionally, I met Gautam Gambhir. We were from the same club. Whenever I used to go for training, I would observe him while he would bat. I don’t think my batting matches his style but if people compare, I have no issues with it. I had been closely observing him for almost 12 years. If I have imbibed even an iota of his batting skills by my observations, it is my good fortune,” Rana said.
Nitish Rana toiling hard to add consistency to his game
Nitish Rana is gearing up for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League. The southpaw racked up 344 runs from 14 games in the last season and he will once again be a vital cog in KKR’s fortunes in the upcoming season.
The left-hander has been working with Abhishek Nayar in a bid to bring more consistency to his game, something he hasn’t be able to achieve thus far.
“I am actually trying to work this out with Abhishek Nayar and Sanjay sir. I am still figuring out as to why my performances dip after a good start. This has been a recurrent incident with me even in domestic seasons. I am still trying to crack it but haven’t got a way out of the problem yet. I have got somewhat better in the second season of IPL in comparison to the first one. But honestly, I am not in a rush to change everything in one season,” Rana said.