A severe finger injury kept him on the bench for 10 games straight, but Nitish Rana kept believing and rehabilitating well. An opportunity knocked his door yesterday against MI as he made his return from injury a memorable one. Batting first, KKR found themselves in trouble at 40/3 and in walked Nitish Rana who’s always been a crisis man for the Knight Riders. Nitish tackled the seaming ball extremely well and showed his experience as he rotated the strike at regular intervals to keep the scoreboard ticking. A crucial knock of 33 runs from just 23 balls including 4 fours and 1 six, kept KKR on the road to reach a fighting total. Nitish delivered an innings filled with class and innovation  to help KKR reach 157 which ended up being a winning total. 

Nitish Rana has always been someone who has been flexible with his batting position and delivered every single time. May it be opening the batting, at 3, or lower down in the middle order, Nitish has adjusted to every role given to him and performed when it has mattered the most. Last night, everyone saw just the glimpse of what he can do when on song and moving into the playoffs, KKR would be hoping for Nitish to continue this momentum forward. The batting order has been bolstered by the return of a  batter like Nitish who’s experienced, adjusts his game as per situations beautifully and is an absolute team man. It has to be a huge positive for KKR on the road to the playoffs with Nitish’s return to the side.