Confident Nitish Rana awaits maiden national call-up against Sri-Lanka

Rana averages over 40 in first-class cricket. Rana has scored 201 runs in seven games in the suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

KKR opener Nitish Rana feels confident about his maiden national call-up in the Sri-Lanka series in July. India will be traveling to Sri Lanka. At the same time, India will also be preparing for Test matches against England in August – September.

Thus, BCCI has announced that India will have two teams. One playing Tests and the other team playing limited-overs Sri-Lanka series. As the Indian Test team consists of many big names, the Sri-Lankan series will invite a second string of young Indian players. One such hopeful but promising player is Nitish Rana. The left-handed KKR opener has been in terrific form in the suspended IPL 2021.

In conversation with the Press Trust of India (PTI), Nitish Rana was seen waiting for that all-important international debut.
“It is there at the back of my mind that my name should come (in the squad) and I am prepared for that because I feel my name would come,” Nitish told. Rana has scored 201 runs in seven games in the suspended IPL 2021.

“If you pick and see my record for the last three years in white-ball, be it domestic or the IPL, I have performed well and I feel that I will get the reward for it today or tomorrow.

“And I feel I am ready for international cricket and I am waiting for that like they say one call away, I am waiting for that call,” added the all-rounder.

In November 2018, he was named as the captain of Delhi’s domestic side, replacing Gautam Gambhir. Rana has amassed 2,266 runs from 38 first-class.

Rana said he has sensed a pattern in IPL. He stated –
“To be very honest, from the last 3-4 years, it has been a pattern for me that I start the season well, in mid-season, I have 2-3 flop innings, and then at the end of the season, I play 1-2 innings well.
“So always, the total (runs) scored are in between 330-400,” he observed.

Rana’s views on recently suspended IPL 2021.
“We have got a break this season, so I am unable to understand whether I should be happy or sad. I should be unhappy because I have been reflecting on why my season goes this way as I am trying to be consistent for myself and my franchise.

“So having worked a lot, this was the correct time to see whether it worked for me or not…but right now I am looking at it in such a way that it is better that I have got a break and as a batter, I can start afresh,” he explained. Rana was also a part of Mumbai Indians from 2016-17.

Rana talks about his drive to be consistent after starting a season on high and carry it throughout the tournament.

“I added many skills mentally in my game and normal life. I felt that in the last 2-3 years, I used to become very happy that I am performing well and it should continue, but the hunger to score runs used to finish.

“…my coaches said a hungry Nitish Rana should stay alive, it will make you consistent,” he explained. “It is not guaranteed that you will score runs in every match but the ratio improves.”

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