Nitish Rana, captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders, is having a solid IPL 2023 season with the bat and is the team’s second-leading run-scorer behind breakout sensation Rinku Singh. Rana, who was appointed team captain following Shreyas Iyer’s injury, disclosed the criticism he received for his susceptibility to short deliveries.
In recent matches, Jason Roy’s form at the top of the order has aided Kolkata’s batting efforts, but captain Nitish Rana has been the team’s most dependable asset, often steadying the ship. Although he is experiencing a purple spell for the Kolkata-based franchise this year, he disclosed the criticism he received regarding his short-ball technique.
The southpaw acknowledged that he was “extremely hurt” by the criticism because it came from some of the sport’s most revered figures. After those harsh comments, he revealed that he was working on his technique, and he has appeared comfortable against short balls this season.
“I have practiced confronting the short ball, and it is now reflected in my batting. Because numerous individuals had criticized my technique against the short ball. Numerous notable individuals, whom I will not name, have commented on my short-ball technique.
Some even called me directly, which deeply offended me. Therefore, I have focused on my batting and committed myself fully to the sport. In an interview with former Indian batsman Mohammed Kaif on Star Sports, Rana stated, “I am also in better physical condition and batting well.”
KKR must contend with an ailing Rajasthan Royals squad.
The forthcoming match between Rana’s squad and the Rajasthan Royals will feature both teams tied at ten points. A victory for the Men in Purple will greatly improve their odds of qualifying for the 16th edition of the tournament’s playoffs.