Nitish Rana is one of the biggest names in domestic cricket and in the Indian Premier League as well. The Delhi boy has made his name while representing Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders in the cash-rich league over the years. The left-handed batter can bat at different positions and is a powerful striker of the ball. But the only problem for him has been not being able to be consistent for a longer period of time, and that hurt his India chances as well.
Even though the 28-year-old has played three international matches (1 ODI and 2 T20Is) for India, he is yet to earn a permanent spot and for a longer duration. The Kolkata Knight Riders batter says that now his target is to make his comeback to the Indian team and for that he is ready to score a plethora of runs that will attract selectors’ attention.
Speaking to India Today, the 2017 IPL winner with Mumbai Indians said that he wants to make a national comeback as soon as possible and for that he wants to make the most of his opportunities in the upcoming domestic season and next year’s IPL.
“What’s in my hands is to score runs, and improve my game. Hopefully, I will score more runs this season. If somebody is not picking me for 400 runs (in IPL seasons) then my job is to score 600 runs.”
Nitish made his debut for India against Sri Lanka last year but failed to make any significant impact in the three matches. One of the main reasons for him not being able to make an impact was the fact that he batted at number seven in ODIs and at number five in T20I matches. Rana has usually batted at number three in domestic cricket and the IPL.
In the last six seasons of the IPL, Nitish has scored more than 300 runs every year, and now he wants to break that pattern and score more than 500 runs in IPL 2023 in an attempt to make a national comeback.
“As a cricketer, I always want opportunities to play international cricket. I wasn’t comfortable in the position that I played (against Sri Lanka in July 2021). But I wouldn’t like to make any excuses. I hope to score 500+ runs in the upcoming IPL so that selectors can get attention,” he added.
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