Well done Gautam Gambhir for finding Nitish Rana: Monty Panesar

Nitish Rana's form has got the attention of former English left-arm spinner Monty Panesar who said that Rana is a future star.

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Nitish Rana. (Photo Source: BCCI)
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Monty Panesar, the former left-arm spinner from England, is one of the many who has been impressed by Nitish Rana’s form this year. The left-handed batsman has scored a lot of runs and has looked like a player of international class this IPL.

Panesar, who plays for Northamptonshire these days, last played for England in their disastrous Ashes campaign in 2013. The 34-year-old has played 50 Test matches for his country and has collected 167 wickets with his left-arm spin.

His best series was arguably the India Test series in 2012 where Monty teamed up with Swann to dismantle the Indian batting line-up to win a series in India after 28 years. Monty picked up 17 wickets in 3 Tests to end the series with two five-wicket hauls. His international career, though, stalled within a year of such an outstanding performance.

Panesar looked highly impressed with Nitish Rana’s batting. The Mumbai Indian’s batsman is currently the owner of the orange cap with 255 runs against his name which includes 3 half-centuries in 6 games. He has been the mainstay in the Mumbai middle-order contributing with crucial runs every game. Panesar tweeted that Rana is Gambhir’s ‘find’ as both play for the same club in Delhi. He also thanked Gambhir for backing him as he might have given the cricketing world a ‘star’.

Both Rana and Gambhir play for the same club: LB Shastri which is in Ashok Nagar area of the capital New Delhi. They had the same coach, Mr. Sanjay Bharadwaj. Gambhir had backed him in his early days in the domestic circuit. He could see the talent that Rana possessed and groomed him into a fine batsman.

Though they play for different franchises in the IPL, but Gambhir will be proud of Rana’s accomplishments this year. The Delhi boy is definitely one for the future and if he goes back and scores in the domestic circuit, an India call-up won’t be a far-fetched dream.