• Nitish Rana thankful to Gautam Gambhir for his valuable insights

    "As my form dipped and I got out early in a couple of one-dayers, Gambhir spoke to me regarding my technique," quoted Rana.

    Nitish Rana
    Nitish Rana. (Photo Source: BCCI)

    The Mumbai Indians have been on a roll this season. They are only a couple of wins away from qualifying to the playoffs. Needless to say, they have had all their players firing this season. One of the biggest revelations for them this season has been left-handed batsman Nitish Rana. The Delhi youngster was with the Mumbai camp last year as well but had got very few opportunities.

    He had a score of 70 in 30 odd deliveries last season but that did not see him fix his spot in the lineup. However, he was drafted straight in the lineup this year and he has made the most out of the opportunity. He is one of the forerunners in the contention for the Orange Cap as well. Nitish Rana recently credited his success to his Delhi skipper Gautam Gambhir.

    Interestingly, it was Gambhir who even fought with the Delhi coach KP Bhaskar earlier this year for Nitish Rana and Unmukt Chand. Bhaskar wanted to axe the youngsters but Gambhir wished to back them. As per the recent quotes in the Hindustan Times, Rana recalled how Gambhir had suggested a few changes to him that have helped him evolve as a player.

    “As my form dipped and I got out early in a couple of one-dayers, Gambhir spoke to me regarding my technique. After coming over here, I spoke to Sachin sir and Mahela sir regarding the same and both said that Gambhir was right and from the first day I started practicing that way,” he quoted.

    “I have a low stance and there was a problem with me being side-on. They asked me to be upright and open up my shoulder a bit more to help me get a better look at the ball,” Rana added further.

    Rana had made his debut back in the 2015-16 season for Delhi. He had a prolific season with over 500 runs in the Ranji Trophy. However, the previous edition of the domestic premier was not very fruitful for him. He failed to impress with the bat and had seen a lot of critics hitting hard at him. The youngster believes all this is a part of life. He knew that the Ranji season had not been a perfect one. Hence, the IPL was his opportunity to make up for the lost efforts. And he is doing it in fine fashion.

    “Frankly speaking, I feel if a person doesn’t fail in life he won’t be able to learn anything. I knew something this big was on the cards. I failed a lot, people commented as well, but I ignored it and believed in myself, trusted my game and worked hard. Today, I’m getting the rewards for what I’ve put in,” Nitish Rana noted.

    “Well, I didn’t have a great Ranji season. So I just kept telling myself that I had a number of things in my control now and if I can keep myself mentally prepared, it wouldn’t be too long before I get a chance to prove myself in the IPL. I was just focused. I had a terrible Ranji season and I could have been depressed. Especially if you compare the previous two seasons, the last season was nothing,” he conceded further.