Nitish Rana

Nitish Rana (born 27 December 1993) is an Indian first-class cricketer who plays for Delhi in domestic cricket. He is a left-handed batsman and right-arm off-break bowler who is also a member of the Kolkata Knight Riders squad in the Indian Premier League (IPL).[1] In November 2018, he was named as the captain of Delhi, replacing Gautam Gambhir.[2]

Nitish Rana
Personal information
Full nameNitish Rana
Born (1993-12-27) 27 December 1993 (age 26)
Bijwasan, Delhi, India
NicknameNaughty Rana
BattingLeft-handed
BowlingRight-arm off break
RoleAll-rounder
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2011–presentDelhi
2014–2017Mumbai Indians (squad no. 27)
2018–presentKolkata Knight Riders (squad no. 27)
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 38 53 96
Runs scored 2266 1542 2110
Batting average 41.29 36.1 27.40
100s/50s 6/9 2/9 5/14
Top score 174 107 97*
Balls bowled 7191 3179 2455
Wickets 15 31 26
Bowling average 52.45 28.70 20.38
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 2/1 3/36 4/17
Catches/stumpings 23/– 14/– 24/–
Source: Cricinfo, 28 January 2020

CareerEdit

Rana made his first-class debut in the 2015–16 Ranji Trophy and ended the tournament with 557 runs, averaging 50.63 and finishing as his team's leading run-getter.[3] He was his team's second highest run-scorer in the 2015–16 Vijay Hazare Trophy with 218 runs.[4]

In the 2015–16 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Rana struck 299 runs in 8 innings at a strike rate of 175.88 and an average of 42.71.[5] In a match against Andhra in that tournament, Rana came in to bat with Delhi struggling at 40 for 4, and launched a counter attacking innings of 97 off 40 balls (8 fours, 8 sixes) to take his team to 236 for 9 in 20 overs.[6] After Delhi lost three of their top four batsmen for single digit scores against Baroda, Rana top-scored once again with 53 off just 29 balls and helped his team chase down Baroda's total of 153.[7] Against Jharkhand, he hit an unbeaten 60 off 44 balls after Delhi were reduced to 14 for 3 in their chase of 135 and helped his team to a 5-wicket win.[8] In January 2018, he was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2018 IPL auction.[9]

In October 2018, he was named in India A's squad for the 2018–19 Deodhar Trophy.[10] In December 2018, he was named in India's team for the 2018 ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup.[11] In October 2019, he was named in India B's squad for the 2019–20 Deodhar Trophy.[12]

Playing styleEdit

Rana is an aggressive left-handed batsman and off spin bowler. He was the leading six-hitter of the 2015–16 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy with 21 sixes and is said to have "big-hitting prowess".[13] Rana has credited Ricky Ponting for helping him develop into a big-hitting batsman.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nitish Rana - ESPN Cricinfo
  2. ^ "Ranji Trophy: Gautam Gambhir steps down as Delhi captain, Nitish Rana takes over". The Indian Express. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Records / Ranji Trophy, 2015/16 - Delhi / Batting and bowling averages". Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Gautam Gambhir's guidance has helped: Nitish Rana". bcci.tv. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Cricket Records - Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, 2015/16 - Records - Most runs - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Syed Mushtaq Ali: Gautam Gambhir flops, Nitish Rana sizzles as Delhi hammer Andhra". ibnlive.com. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy - Group C Baroda v Delhi". Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Rana half-century guides Delhi home". Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  9. ^ "List of sold and unsold players". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Rahane, Ashwin and Karthik to play Deodhar Trophy". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  11. ^ "India Under-23s Squad". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Deodhar Trophy 2019: Hanuma Vihari, Parthiv, Shubman to lead; Yashasvi earns call-up". SportStar. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  13. ^ "Nitish Rana". Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 April 2016.