IPL 2019: Nitish Rana says engaged on psychological toughness with Abhishek Nayar and Dinesh Karthik helped him clear self doubts

Consecutive fifties in several batting positions must be a confidence-builder however Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Nitish Rana says he’s occupied by the priority of sustaining his type that often “fizzles” out early within the IPL.

As a makeshift opener within the absence of Sunil Narine, Rana struck a superb 68 in KKR’s first match in opposition to Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday.

Nitish Rana in motion in opposition to KXIP. Sportzpics

Back at No four of their second match, Rana scored a 34-ball 63 in opposition to Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday to overhaul Delhi Capitals’ Rishabh Pant (103 runs in two matches) within the early Orange Cap race.

“I haven’t thought too far ahead. But for the last couple of seasons, I start well but my form fizzles out towards the latter half of the tournament,” Rana mentioned after KKR’s 28-run win right here on Wednesday night time.

“So this time around, I want to work on this. I want to continue the kind of form I have started in, till the end of the tournament.”

Rana didn’t have a great season with Delhi within the home circuit, managing simply 147 runs type 10 matches within the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 and 191 runs from six matches within the Ranji Trophy.

Disturbed by his poor type, the highest order KKR batsman spent a while on the Mumbai-based KKR Academy chatting with Abhishek Nayar and Dinesh Karthik.

“I did not work on batting as such but I worked on the mental toughness. KKR academy was quite helpful in that sense because I got one-on-one time with Abhishek bhaiya (Abhishek Nayar) and DK bhaiya (Dinesh Karthik). They helped me clear self-doubts. Now, I feel, I’ve become a better player.”

Having impressed at completely different batting positions, Rana mentioned, “That’s the sign of a good team. My plan was clear – to hit a loose ball and then, let DK (Dinesh Karthik) or (Andre) Russell take over for the last four-five overs.”

Four of his seven sixes got here in opposition to India’s high off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin however Rana mentioned the assault was not pre-planned.
“I used to be simply attempting to construct my innings. I used to be taking it ball by ball in the beginning after which after I thought I might cost, I did that.

“It doesn’t matter for me who the bowler is. My game plan was simple. I thought that was the time to attack and I did. That was the plan for the two overs – of Ashiwn and South African pacer (Hardus Viljoen).”

Rana additionally hailed Andre Russell’s 17-ball 48 and mentioned the lifeline, when the Jamaican survived owing to a no ball, gave them 20-25 runs additional.

“Having 218/four positively labored in our favour, Russell obtained a lifeline and that in all probability gave us these 20-25 runs additional.

“But even when we had 180 or 200, we’d have fought this tough. It wasn’t very simple (to chase) as a result of the ball began seaming within the second innings.


Published Date: March 28, 2019

| Updated Date: March 28, 2019


Updated Date: Mar 28, 2019 12:50:42 IST