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Nitish Rana Biography: The Mr. Dependable In Dinesh Karthik-Led Kolkata Knight Riders

Nitish Rana Biography
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Nitish Rana is a young, left-handed batsman and right arm off break bowler who plays for Delhi in domestic cricket. He has been a part of Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League and currently is in the Kolkata Knight Riders, owned by Shah Rukh Khan.

Nitish Rana Biography

Full Name
Nitish Rana
26 years
Sport Category
Date of Birth
27 December 1993
1.73 m
Teams Played for
India A, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders (at present)

Early Days and Domestic Career

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Nitish Rana made his first-class debut in the 2015–16 Ranji Trophy and finished the tournament with 557 runs, with an average of 50.63 and finished as Delhi’s leading run-getter. He was also Delhi’s second highest run-scorer in the 2015–16 Vijay Hazare Trophy with 218 runs.

In the 2015–16 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Rana struck 299 runs in 8 innings at a strike rate of 175.88 and an average of 42.71. Against Andhra Pradesh, he came in to bat with Delhi struggling at 40 for 4 and scored 97 off 40 balls which included 8 fours and 8 sixes and took his team to 236 for 9 in 20 overs.

Against Jharkhand, he hit an unbeaten 60 off 44 balls after Delhi stumbled to 14 for 3 in their chase of 135 and helped his team to a 5-wicket win.

Entry in India A

In October 2018, he was named in India A’s squad for the 2018–19 Deodhar Trophy. In December 2018, he was named in India’s team for the 2018 ACC Emerging Teams’ Asia Cup.


Indian Premier League

In 2015, Mumbai Indians bought Nitish Rana for 10 Lakh rupees, but he did not get to play any match in the tournament that year. He, however, was retained by the franchise for the following year, but again got no chance to play in the 2016 season of the tournament.


It was in 2017 that Mumbai Indians gave the youngster his first opportunity in the IPL. He stole the show in a match against Kolkata Knight Riders, with his crucial innings of 50 off just 29 deliveries.


In January 2018, he was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2018 IPL auction. Currently, he plays for the Dinesh Karthik led franchise.

Career Statistics

Competition FC List A T20
Matches 30 39 79
Runs Scored 1765 1196 1720
Batting Average 41.04 38.58 26.46
100s/50s 4/7 1/8 0/11
Top Score 174 107 97
Wickets 10 18 14
Bowling Average 45.90 32.05 23.64
Catches 21 13 19


Nitish Rana’s Favourites

Favourite Batsman – Sachin Tendulkar

Favourite Actor – Ranveer Singh

Favourite Actress – Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Favourite Athlete – David Beckham

Favourite Destination – Kasauli, Visakhapatnam

Favourite Food – Churros

Favourite Beverage – Cocoa

Social Media


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Gaurav Kadam is a young sportswriter and journalist who is a huge cricket enthusiast. He is a bibliophile and a movie and American TV series buff, who is completely addicted to Netflix. Gaurav is liberal in thoughts and agnostic in deeds.



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