Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) player Nitish Rana was sensational both with ball and bat in their opening game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Sunday at Eden Gardens.
Having won the toss and electing to field first, Knight Riders had a decent start with their bowling. They managed to create pressure on Bangalore batsmen after picking up wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock’s wicket in the very second over.
But Virat Kohli and Brendon McCullum have ensured to lay a good foundation. Once Brendon McCullum was dismissed, AB de Villiers started entertaining the packed stadium with his power hitting.
In a massive gamble, Karthik handed the ball to young Nitish Rana.
The youngster Rana who has not majorly bowled in IPL had gone for a six of his very first ball of the match.
However, he roared back strongly by dismissing both AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli on consecutive deliveries.
“I had nothing to lose, but everything to gain. (I)saw the ball was gripping well, if I bowled in right areas I might get wickets,” excited Rana said.
“I backed myself and luckily I got the two big wickets. It was very important to get those batsmen out at that stage,” Rana told reporters at the post-match press conference,” he added.
“I bowl at domestic level for Delhi. I bowled well in the practice matches here and did well and then Dinesh Bhai told me to get ready, you could bowl one or two overs in any match,” he maintained.
“Luckily got a chance and proved myself,” Rana added.
Nitish Rana loves to bat under pressure:
The former Mumbai Indians cricketer Rana had insisted that he is happy with the expectations and responsibility respectively. He also revealed that he is keen to contribute more to the side.
“My job is to score runs. I don’t see that as pressure. It’s good that people are expecting more from me having done well last season. I love to bat under pressure, you are aware of the situations around you,” Rana signed off.
Similarly, Kolkata Knight Riders will next face Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday in Chennai. Both sides will look to build on the momentum they had in their respective opening matches.
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