Nitish Rana is currently preparing for the upcoming Indian T20 League 2023. He will be seen in action for the Kolkata franchise. But, ahead of the tournament, the franchise dealt a blow as their skipper, Shreyas Iyer got ruled out of the tournament due to a back injury. So, fans were in worry as to which player is going to replace Iyer as the skipper for the next edition.
Meanwhile, there were several reports that Shardul Thakur, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, and Sunil Narine were the names that were circulating to get the captaincy abilities. But, now the franchise have confirmed that Rana will be the interim skipper for them in the next season.
Nitish Rana has led Delhi in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
They also released an official statement that read: “Kolkata franchise today announced that Nitish Rana would captain the side in the absence of Shreyas Iyer, who is recovering from a back injury. While we are hopeful that Shreyas will recover and participate at some stage in the Indian T20 League 2023 edition, we feel fortunate that Nitish, with the captaincy experience having led his state side in white ball cricket and the Indian T20 League experience he has had with Kolkata since 2018, will do a great job.”
“We are also confident that under Head Coach Chandrakant Pandit and the support staff, he will get all the support needed off the field, and the highly experienced leaders in the squad will provide all support that Nitish may need on the field. We wish him the best in his new role and Shreyas a full and speedy recovery,” the statement further added. The Kolkata franchise picked up Nitish Rana in the auction in 2018. Since then, he has played 74 matches where he scored 1744 runs. Rana has also picked up seven wickets with the ball. The southpaw batter led his state, Delhi in an edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and he won eight out of 12 matches.
Here is how fans have reacted to the news of Rana as the skipper of the Kolkata franchise:
nitish rana : mithai bantwa dijiye khushi ka mahol hai.jpeg pic.twitter.com/icsZ4cVq4d
— Anant Kashyap (@theanantkashyap) March 27, 2023
Playoff tak v nhi jayege team
— Imdadul Hussain (@Imdadul99280544) March 27, 2023
I knew it😹😹 vibes aa rahi thi
— Pranav Jha (@NthingmuchhhJha) March 27, 2023
Isse acha to mujhe captain bna dete KKR wale 😑
— Arun (@mumbiker_arun) March 27, 2023
KKR bottom of the table
— Aaron Singh (@Aaron_3107) March 27, 2023
kyu bhai aaj subeh to shardul shardul bol rhe the
— MahiEra (@themahiera) March 27, 2023
Kkr fans is baar ipl trophy bhool jao.
— Urvish Parmar (@Urvishparmar97) March 27, 2023
— Gagan Chawla (@toecrushrzzz) March 27, 2023
Rinku Singh robbed pic.twitter.com/RImeP2SFKM
— Apsara_Pencil (@LuffyTweetz333) March 27, 2023
Nitish Rana after getting a call that he is now a captain. pic.twitter.com/Qt25ICsHUr
— Dexter Murugan (@tyagi_langda) March 27, 2023