Nitish Rana failed to perform well in his debut international T20I series against Sri Lanka national cricket team. The left-handed batsmen couldn’t deliver goods in a series, where India needed their batsmen to step up. Sri Lanka won the T20 series by thrashing India in yesterday’s series deceider.
However, the Indian team didn’t have the upper hand in terms of players selection. The coronavirus kept nine players from the Indian side out of action from the last two games. Although, Rahul Dravid had eleven players to play out the last two games.
In both defeats, the Indian batsmen failed heavily, which gave Sri Lanka a bigger advantage in winning the series. The middle-order let the Indian side down, especially in the second and third T20’s in this series. Nitish Rana was one among them, who couldn’t find the momentum with the bat for India.
This Sri Lanka series is also his debut T20I series for the 27-year-old batsman from Delhi. There were a lot of expectations for the left-handed batsman, who has been consistent with the bat in IPL. However, Rana couldn’t find any rhythm or flow with the entire Indian batting unit collapsing on the other end.
Nitish Rana made his T20I debut in the second game against Sri Lanka, which also ended up in a defeat. KKR batsman managed just 15 runs in two games, while his highest came from the second game (nine runs).
He had more expectations on his shoulder, because of his consistent and amazing knocks in IPL. However, the 27-year-old couldn’t deliver goods in his debut series. Following the series defeat to Sri Lanka last night, Rana posted a heartfelt note on social media.
I’ve always believed in hard work over luck: Nitish Rana
The left-handed batsman has vowed to come back stronger after a poor display against Sri Lanka. Rana posted the heartfelt note on Twitter after his unexpected debut series with the Lankans. The batsman also featured in the third ODI, but couldn’t make a name for himself there as well.
Rana scored seven runs in that game, where India won the ODI series 2-1. “Our social media isn’t just to post victories but also our failures. This tour didn’t go the way I planned or expected it to go but I have learned so much in my last three games. Since the time I’ve held the bat in my hands, I’ve always believed in hard work over luck and this won’t stop me,” Rana posted on Twitter.
He added that “There are people who’ll say stuff and judge me but I won’t let anything tear me down because I know how much I’ve worked for it & I’ll keep moving forward & keep going stronger and be back to win big games for myself & my team.”
Nitish Rana will next wait to give a better performance for his franchise in IPL. The next phase of the league is set to happen in UAE, which kick-starts by September 19. Rana will be keen to perform well for Kolkata Knight Riders and give a stronger reply for all the critics.