The Indian Premier League (IPL) has always been a stepping stone to success for India’s domestic talent. IPL 10 is no different in that regards. This season so far has been about the young Delhi batsman Nitish Rana, who is a member of the Mumbai Indians (MI). He has been dishing out runs for his side at crucial junctures. This season has seen Rana rise like a phoenix and exhibit his batting talent to the world. Rana, so far, as accumulated 266 runs and is playing the catch-up game with the likes of David Warner, Hashim Amla and Suresh Raina for the Orange Cap. “Believe in giving liberty and freedom to teammates,’ says Rohit
Rana, who was dropped by his state side Delhi for the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17 after a poor Ranji Trophy season, credits former Delhi skipper Gautam Gambhir for his new-found form. “As my form dipped and I got out early in a couple of one-dayers, Gambhir spoke to me regarding my technique. After coming over here, I spoke to Sachin sir and Mahela sir regarding the same and both said that Gambhir was right and from the first day I started practicing that way,” he said in an interview to HindustanTimes.
Rana further added, “I have a low stance and there was a problem with me being side-on. They asked me to be upright and open up my shoulder a bit more to help me get a better look at the ball.”
Speaking more about his dip in form in the last season, Rana elaborated, “It was tough. But then if I can’t perform, no one would play me. Well, I feel it’s very important to fail.”
“Frankly speaking, I feel if a person doesn’t fail in life he won’t be able to learn anything. I knew something this big was on the cards. I failed a lot, people commented as well, but I ignored it and believed in myself, trusted my game and worked hard. Today, I’m getting the rewards for what I’ve put in,” Rana further added.
As far as his last Ranji Trophy season is concerned, Rana opined, “I didn’t have a great Ranji season. So I just kept telling myself that I had a number of things in my control now and if I can keep myself mentally prepared, it wouldn’t be too long before I get a chance to prove myself in the IPL. I was just focused. I had a terrible Ranji season and I could have been depressed. Especially if you compare the previous two seasons, the last season was nothing. A number of people supported me.”