Nitish Rana Joins Teammates After His COVID-19 Tests Returned Negative
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Nitish Rana Joins Teammates After His COVID-19 Tests Returned Negative

Nitish Rana , AFP
Nitish Rana , AFP

Nitish Rana, Kolkata Knight Riders batsman, joined his teammates at the practice session here on Friday after his COVID-19 test reports returned negative for the second successive day. The 27-year-old had 12 days of extended quarantine after he tested positive for COVID-19 on March 22, a day after he arrived in Mumbai.

Following the guidelines set by the BCCI, Nitish Rana stayed alone in his room until he returned two negative results on the 11th and 12th days.

Nitish Rana Saikat Das / SPORTSPICZ
Nitish Rana Saikat Das / SPORTSPICZ

Nitish Rana Feeling Fine And Happy To Join KKR Mates

Nitish Rana scored 352 runs in 14 matches during the IPL 2020 season held in UAE.  It remains to be seen whether Nitish Rana is fit to play KKR’s season-opener against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Chennai on April 11.

“Finally I am out now and I’m feeling absolutely fine. It was day one of my practice and I batted a bit as well. I’m happy to join my KKR team-mates today,” Rana said in a video posted by KKR.

“Please take precautions and don’t take this thing lightly. You never know what will happen next, so please take care of yourself and your family. Stay safe,” he added.

Nitish Rana
Nitish Rana (Source-Twitter)

In the recently-concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy One-dayers, Nitish Rana was the top-run getter for Delhi with 398 runs in seven matches at an average of 66.33.

Nitish Rana Was Top Run Scorer For Delhi In Vijay Hazare Trophy One Dayers

Eoin Morgan had missed the final two ODIs of the series against India in Pune because of an injury sustained during the first ODI. The England skipper sustained a split webbing between his thumb and index finger in the first ODI and that required four stitches.

Eoin Morgan Vipin Pawar / Sportzpics for BCCI
Eoin Morgan. Vipin Pawar / Sportzpics for BCCI

KKR bought Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Shakib Al Hasan, Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer, and Pawan Negi in IPL 2021 auctions held at Chennai. Dinesh Karthik relinquished captaincy midway in IPL 2020 and handed it over to Eoin Morgan.

As per batting is concerned, Shubman Gill managed 440 runs in 14 games while Eoin Morgan managed 418 runs in as many games. Andre Russell flopped in IPL 2020 despite his credentials and big-hitting ability scoring 117 runs with injuries playing a part. But he was retained as he scored 510 runs in IPL 2019 averaging 56.66 at a strike rate of 204.81 which was in stark contrast to IPL 2020.

Kolkata Knight Riders Probable XI: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine/ Shakib Al Hasan, Shivam Mavi/Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Pat Cummins/ Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy/ Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna.