IPL 2022 Auction: KKR’s left-hand batsman Nitish Rana was among the players released by the Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of the IPL 2022 auction.
The KKR franchise retained Andre Russell (Rs 12 crore), Varun Chakravarthy (Rs 8 crore), Venkatesh Iyer (Rs 8 crore) and Sunil Narine (Rs 6 crore).
He scored 383 runs in 17 matches at a strike rate of 121.97, including two half-centuries.
The 27-year-old was purchased by KKR at the IPL 2018 auction and was an integral part of the franchise until the end of the 2021 season.
He scored 300-plus runs in every season that he represented KKR. Overall, too, Rana has a decent IPL record.
In 77 games, he has notched up 1820 runs at a strike rate of 132.45, with 13 half-centuries.
Had it not been for the upcoming mega auction, it is unlikely that KKR would have released Rana.
As mentioned earlier, although he has not been exceptional for the franchise, he has been an integral part of the team for the last few years.
Rana has come up with some impressive batting efforts for KKR over the years.
He notched up three half-centuries each in the IPL 2019 and 2020 seasons. Rana had excellent strike rates as well in both seasons – 146.38 in 2019 and 138.58 in 2020.
He has the ability to clear the field as well as rotate the strike, as per the demand of the situation.
The Punjab Kings (PBKS) have had a horrible time over the last two IPL seasons owing to their fragile middle order
They were heavily dependent on KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal to deliver the goods. It was hardly a surprise that PBKS retained only Mayank Agarwal and Arshdeep Singh ahead of the IPL 2022 auction.
Barring Aiden Markram, who came in during the second half of IPL 2021, no other PBKS batter could make much of an impression in the middle order.
One of the biggest mistakes the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have consistently made during IPL auctions has been their selection of Indian youngsters.
While they have splurged heavily on overseas players like David Warner, Kane Williamson, and Rashid Khan, their Indian choices have been too young and inexperienced.
The likes of Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Virat Singh, and Abdul Samad are undoubtedly talented. But they will not learn a lot if they play with each other in the same franchise.
Once Warner failed to find a rhythm with the bat, SRH’s middle-order muddle stood completely exposed in IPL 2021.
Manish Pandey was among the runs but his strike rate was a big concern. Jonny Bairstow was the franchise’s best batter in the first half but did not turn up for the UAE leg.
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