Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsman Nitish Rana said he has been an admirer of former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly from childhood, even before taking up the sport. Speaking about his childhood and connection to the game, he explained how his hitting style resembles Ganguly. Even before I started playing, my family was crazy about cricket. My dad was a big fan of Sachin Tendulkar, my older brother was a fan of Rahul Dravid and I was an admirer of Sourav Ganguly. Just lock myself in the room and cry because Dada (Sourav) left early. I didn’t even play cricket at the time. This was a routine in the house. Basically, depending on which of Ganguly, Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar perform better on any given day we teased each other “, said Rana at KKR’s official website.
“I was great at mimicking the styles of every bowler and batsman. So everyone asked me to act like Dada and I always enjoyed doing it. So I think the repeated imitation led to a habit and shaped my hitting style into to an extent, ” he added.
In addition to Ganguly, former left-handed batsman Gautam Gambhir also inspired Rana as he observed the veteran for nearly 12 years.
“But when I started playing cricket professionally, I met Gautam Gambhir. We came from the same club. Whenever I started training, I watched him hitting. I don’t think my stroke suits his style, but as people. compare, I have no problem with it. I had been watching him closely for almost 12 years. If I have soaked even an ounce of his decisiveness through my observations, that’s my happiness, “Rana said.
The 26-year-old middle order batsman is working to maintain consistency in his performance. However, the player has yet to find a solution to his problem.
“I’m trying to work this out with Abhishek Nayar and Sanjay sir. I’m still figuring out why my performance is falling after a good start. This is a recurring incident with me even in the domestic seasons. I’m still trying to do it. But I don’t have a way out of the problem yet. I’ve gotten a little better in the second season of IPL compared to the first. But honestly, I’m in no rush to change everything in one season, “Rana said.
The IPL 2020 will be played in the UAE from September 19 to November 10 at three locations: Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
The last match of the 2020 edition is scheduled for the first time in the history of the T20 tournament on a weekday, i.e. Tuesday. This time, both the afternoon and evening games will be played half an hour earlier than normal.
The BCCI has yet to announce the schedule for the tournament.
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