IPL 2021 – Nice to see him mature – Dinesh Karthik likes what he sees of Nitish Rana


“If he wants to make a name for himself, he needs to keep producing these knocks”

Nitish Rana has received a glowing endorsement from Dinesh Karthik after he saw Kolkata Knight Riders through in a tricky chase against Delhi Capitals on Tuesday. Rana, who has dropped back into the middle order for Knight Riders after Venkatesh Iyer’s emergence at the top, batted ahead of Eoin Morgan at No. 4 against Capitals, and scored the winning runs after a slim middle order had collapsed in the chase of 128. His unbeaten 36 off 27 in a low-scoring game complemented Sunil Narine’s cameo (21 off ten) to keep Knight Riders in fourth place as they continued to turn their season around.

“I think he played a really sensible knock. The good thing was he was not out till the end, which is very important for us,” Karthik said. “Just the way he was able to handle the pressure and take on the bowlers that he thought he could take on. It was nice to see him mature.

“It was important that he keeps playing innings like this, because he is capable of it. The most important thing in his life is if he wants to get into the national team and make a name for himself, he needs to keep producing these knocks. And he’s definitely got the talent to do it.”

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