Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Nitish Rana will be looking to pick England skipper Eoin Morgan’s brains during the upcoming season of IPL in UAE.
Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Nitish Rana. (Courtesy by BCCI)
- I am very excited because Morgan is a World Cup winner: Rana
- I am actually hoping to bowl more overs this time around: Rana
- With Cummins joining us, we get a boost in experience in our squad: Rana
Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Nitish Rana has expressed his desire to learn from England’s only World Cup-winning skipper Eoin Morgan during the Indian Premier League 2020 in UAE.
Rana, who has been a vital cog in the Knight Riders middle order, will be looking to pick Eoin Morgan’s leadership qualities and his batting exploits in the limited over format. Rana had managed to score 344 runs at a strike rate of close to 150 in IPL 2019.
“I am very excited because he is a World Cup winner,” Nitish Rana said about Morgan, who led England to maiden ODI World Cup triumph.
“And the second thing is that he is a rare left-handed batsman who is dominating white-ball cricket. [I am] looking forward to learning plenty from him because he is a World Cup-winning captain. I really want to imbibe his leadership qualities – not just for my exploits in domestic cricket, but in the IPL as well.”
Kolkata’s bowling attack has been boosted by the addition of Australia pacer Pat Cummins and Rana believes Cummins will be helpful for the young uncapped Indian pacers in the squad.
“Our bowling attack is actually quite strong,” Rana said. “With Cummins joining us, we get a boost in experience in our squad. Our young bowlers have been excellent in domestic competitions and for Knight Riders for the past two years, and my earnest wish is that they learn as much as they can from Cummins, so they can evolve into better players for the team.”
Rana, who is a useful off-spinner, hopes that the shifting of the IPL to the UAE will help him get more opportunities to turn his arm over.
“In domestic cricket, I’ve been always bowling, so that skill has never been a new thing for me,” he said.
“I’ve been bowling for the last two years and that the tournament is happening in the UAE, is the best scenario for me, considering I’m likely to get a decent grip off the surface. Besides, I am a much-improved bowler; I am actually hoping to bowl more overs this time around.”