Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsman Nitish Rana believes that one of the biggest achievements of his cricket career has been taking over the captaincy of Delhi from his idol former skipper Gautham Gambhir.
Rana who played his first domestic cricket under Gambhir appeared to be the right candidate to lead the Delhi franchise in the Indian Premier league when Gambhir stepped down in 2018.
Gambhir and Rana have played cricket together for Delhi and the latter idolises the former not only for his cricket aptitude but many other reasons. It was a moment of pride for Rana to be able to play the first domestic cricket of his career under his captaincy.
“If you ask me about the biggest achievement of my career, I will say it was being appointed Delhi captain. The best feeling was to see Gambhir playing his last year [of domestic cricket] while I was captain.”
“I played my first year under him and he played his last year under me. Gambhir had said that I was the right candidate to lead Delhi. Imagine such statements coming from your idol. This had to be one of the biggest moments of my life,” Nitish Rana said.
Nitish Rana recalls his favourite game for KKR
Speaking about his favourite game for the Kolkata Knight Riders, he said his debut game was his favourite in which he made 34 runs as well as picked crucial wickets of RCB skipper Virat Kohli and his companion AB de Villiers. These wickets turned the game around and KKR emerged victorious.
Rana also explained how the advice from KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik helped him become a better player.
He said, “My favourite Knight Riders match is my debut match – against RCB – when I got Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers out in one over. Made 34 too in our win. I was out that day playing a poor shot.”
“Dinesh Karthik told me that day that if you want to be a big player, you need to finish games, and that has stayed with me. It was an important game for me, coming into a brand-new side, that performance was comforting,” he added.
We will see Nitish Rana back in action playing for the KKR franchisee in the IPL 2020. The mega cricket tournament is set to begin on September 19, that will be hosted across three venues-Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.