Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have named Nitish Rana as the stand-in captain for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season. Regular captain Shreyas Iyer is currently recovering from a back injury, and the KKR management is hopeful that he will be available for the final phase of the tournament.
Rana’s Experience and Leadership Skills
So, Rana is an experienced middle-order batsman who plays for Delhi in the domestic circuit. He has led his state team in 12 T20 matches in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, winning eight of them. Rana has also played in two T20 Internationals for India against Sri Lanka in 2021, under the captaincy of Shikhar Dhawan.
He has been a part of the KKR team since 2018 and was preferred over established players like Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine and Shardul Thakur in the Knights squad. Therefore, Rana’s appointment seems to have completed a new-look think-tank of KKR with head coach Chandrakant Pandit and bowling coach Bharat Arun joining the franchise recently. Rana has expressed his excitement for the new opportunity, stating that he will use his leadership skills and experience to bring out the best in himself and his team.
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Rana’s Performance and KKR’s Expectations
KKR had a disappointing performance last season, finishing seventh. However, Rana was moderately successful, scoring 361 runs in his 14 games, averaging 27.76 with a strikeout rate of 145. To date, Rana has played 74 games for KKR. The KKR management expressed their confidence in Rana, stating that he has the necessary captaincy experience and IPL experience to do a great job for the team.
Rana’s appointment as stand-in captain is an exciting opportunity for him to showcase his leadership skills and take KKR to the top. The Knights will play their first match of the season on Saturday against Punjab Kings at Mohali, and their first home match at the Eden Gardens on April 6 against Royal Challengers Bangalore.