KKR: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), the first two-time champion of IPL 2023, suffered a major setback when captain Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the entire season due to injury. After Iyer’s exit, Kolkata’s biggest problem was about the captaincy. The team management was not able to decide who should be chosen as the captain. But now Kolkata has chosen its new captain for IPL 2023. This player is a regular member of Kolkata for many years.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) has handed over the captaincy of the team to 29-year-old young player Nitish Rana in the absence of Shreyas Iyer. In the captaincy race, Rana has left behind veterans like Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, and Shakib Al Hasan. Nitish Rana, associated with KKR since 2018, has captained Delhi at the domestic level, which has benefited him. Apart from this, the bonding with the players of Rana’s team is also very good.
Nitish Rana has become the 8th captain of Kolkata. The first captain of the team was Sourav Ganguly. After this Brendon McCullum, Gautam Gambhir, Jacques Kallis, Dinesh Karthik Eoin Morgan, and Shreyas Iyer captained Kolkata. The most successful captain of the team has been Gautam Gambhir who made the team champion in 2012 and 2014. No other captain other than Gambhir has won KKR IPL.
Rana has a chance:
After being made the captain by Kolkata, Nitish Rana has a chance to make the team the champion for the third time. If he is successful in doing this, then he can work as a regular captain of KKR in the future as well as if his performance as a captain is good then he will have a chance to come back to the Indian team once again.
Nitish Rana has been associated with Kolkata since 2018. Left-handed batsman Rana is also a part-time spinner. Along with opening the team, he can also bat in the middle order. For Kolkata, Rana has scored 1444 runs in 74 matches which includes 11 half-centuries. His best score has been 85 not out.