IPL 2018: Backing Nitish Rana has paid off, says Kolkata Knight Riders coach Jacques Kallis

Nitish Rana has emerged as one of the biggest gains of the new-look Kolkata Knight Riders, chief coach Jacques Kallis said they always backed the Delhi youngster fully and it is paying off

PTI, Apr 23, 2018 18:09:07 IST

Kolkata: With Nitish Rana emerging as one of the biggest gains of the new-look Kolkata Knight Riders, chief coach Jacques Kallis said they always backed the Delhi youngster fully and it is paying off.

Displaying poise and panache in equal measure, the left-handed batsman has been the backbone of KKR batting and his part-time off-spin has come handy in giving breakthroughs.

Nitish Rana has shone with bat and ball for KKR in IPL 2018. Sportzpics

Nitish Rana has shone with bat and ball for KKR in IPL 2018. Sportzpics

"We had given him a message that he will be a settled member in the side and he just needs to showcase his talent. We are backing him 100 per cent and certainly it has paid off," Kallis said of Rana who has got two Man of the Match awards this season.

It was during their first leg match against Mumbai Indians in Mumbai last year when KKR spotted Rana.

Batting at no 3, Rana smashed a 29-ball 50 to help MI secure a four-wicket win and was adjudged Man of The Match.

"He played well against us in Mumbai. We had heard some good things about him but perhaps didn't get as many games for MI as he would have liked. He certainly has got a bright future with KKR," Kallis said.

Having lost to Kings XI Punjab by DLS method here on 21 April, KKR have slipped to third place, two points behind leaders Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab in the league standings. They next take on Delhi Daredevils in the return leg fixture on 27 April.

"We are in the mid table now, the other end would not have been nice. We have played some good cricket. It's nice to get a few days off and regroup in Delhi and hope to return to winning ways," Kallis said as the KKR team enjoyed a day's break playing golf for charity.

KKR star allrounder Andre Russell pulled his hamstring during their match against KXIP but assistant coach Simon Katich said the Jamaican will be fit and fine.

"We rely on Andre because he will be fit," he said of Russell.

Updated Date: Apr 23, 2018 18:12:00 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
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2
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3
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10 6 4 0 12
4
Hyderabad
10 5 5 0 10
5
Punjab
11 5 6 0 10
6
Kolkata
10 4 6 0 8
7
Bangalore
11 4 7 0 8
8
Rajasthan
10 3 7 0 6
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