Nitish Rana: Want to hold on to my form

DN Bureau

Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Nitish Rana says he is occupied by the concern of maintaining his form that usually "fizzles" out early in the IPL.

Nitish Rana
Nitish Rana

Kolkata: Consecutive fifties in different batting positions ought to be a confidence-builder but Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Nitish Rana says he is occupied by the concern of maintaining his form that usually "fizzles" out early in the IPL.

As a makeshift opener in the absence of Sunil Narine, Rana struck a fine 68 in KKR's first match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday.

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Back at No.4 in their second match, Rana scored a 34-ball 63 against Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday to overtake Delhi Capitals' Rishabh Pant (103 runs in two matches) in the early Orange Cap race.

"I haven't thought too far ahead. But for the last couple of seasons, I start well but my form fizzles out towards the later half of the tournament," Rana said after KKR's 28-run win here on Wednesday night.

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"So this time around, I want to work on this. I want to continue the kind of form I have started in till the end of the tournament." 

Rana did not have a good season with Delhi in the domestic circuit, managing just 147 runs form 10 matches in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 and 191 runs from six matches in the Ranji Trophy. (PTI)

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