IPL 2018: Field placements help Nitish Rana to read bowlers

IPL 2018: Field placements help Nitish Rana to read bowlers

The youngster played a crucial knock of 59 to guide his team towards a 71-run victory

Nitish Rana
Nitish Rana of KKR. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The youngsters get a golden opportunity to showcase their talent in the Indian Premier League. Players who remain hidden in the domestic scenario despite their top performances come to the limelight by performing in the Indian Premier League. Consistent performances in the IPL lead to a national call-up. Players like Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah received their Indian caps by performing well in the Indian Premier League.

Nitish Rana, who currently plays for the Kolkata Knight Riders, has an average of over 40 in the domestic tournaments. He did well for the Mumbai Indians last season and has looked in great touch for KKR this season too. KKR beat DD convincingly by 71 runs and Rana was the man of the match for his brilliant knock of 59. Andre Russell and Robin Uthappa made valuable contributions but Rana kept the runs flowing from one end while the wickets kept tumbling on the other.

Instrumental knock

“I get to know about the type of ball just by looking at the field, I get a fair idea about it. The other team had planned not to bowl outside off but when they bowled at my body I went for the shots and it came off. When the ball is in my range, I go ahead with the shot and I managed to do it tonight.” Rana said in the post-match presentation.

Rana’s knock helped the KKR to click their second win of the season and they now have four points from four games. “It’s a good feeling as this is my first season for KKR and I wanted to perform well. Unluckily I got out on the previous two occasions, hence this was an important knock for me. This was also an important game for us as we lost the previous two matches.” Rana added.

The Knight Riders have invested heavily on the youngsters this season. A lot will depend on Rana’s form as he is one of the experienced players in the side and needs to shoulder some responsibilities to get positive results. His performance will go a long way in determining the fortunes of the Knight Riders.

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