Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Nitish Rana made headlines after he liked a post highlighting the repeated failures of Ishan Kishan in national colors.
Thanks to his splendid double ton against Bangladesh, Kishan has been given a long rope in Team India’s limited-overs setup. The wicket-keeper batsman, however, has made a meal of his chances.
Nitish Rana likes a tweet pointing out Ishan’s barren run in T20 internationals
Though the MI batsman disappointed in the three ODIs he featured in since his splendid 210, making scores of 17, 8, and 5, his T20I woes have been more noticable.
The same was brought to light in cricket journalist Mufaddal Vohra’s recent tweet which listed Kishan’s scores in his last 13 T20I innings, and got a like from Nitish Rana. The wk-bat has failed to cross the 20 run mark in nine of those 13 occasions; his highest score in the period being 37(29) against Sri Lanka.
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The 24-year-old’s strike rotation and consistency issues shine like radium in the dark and have been the staple of his recent outings where he has made just 199 runs at a poor average and strike-rate of 15.30 and 106.
Ishan Kishan, regardless, has been offered a lot of chances, specially in the shortest format of the game for Team India; chances that have come at the cost of others in the queue like Prithvi Shaw, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Nitish Rana, who have all performed consistently in the last few IPL seasons.
Prithvi has been vocal about his absence from the T20I scheme of things and now, it appears Rana too is not pleased with the backing Kishan has been getting.
Though Nitish Rana unliked the aforementioned post regarding Ishan Kishan after the netizens noticed the engagement, a stir was created by that time and fans appear to be divided in two halves regarding it.
Most of the supporters have lauded Nitish Rana for his decent showings in the Indian Premier League, arguing that he is much better against spin compared to Ishan Kishan and gives Team India a part-time bowling option as well.
Others, however, have pointed out Rana’s own failures for the Men in Blue in the limited chances he has got and opine he is no better and shouldn’t complain.
Knight Nitish deserves to play international white ball cricket. A left handed batter and off spin bowler 💥
— Aneek Dey (@AneekDey108) January 30, 2023
Nitish Rana is better than ishan kishan for t20s atleast he can hit spinners
— LIGHT YAGAMI (@yagamilight1911) January 30, 2023