IPL 2023: Nitish Rana to captain KKR in absence of Shreyas Iyer

The Kolkata Knight Riders selected left-handed batsman Nitish Rana as their new skipper for the upcoming Indian Premier League season on Monday. Rana will take over for Shreyas Iyer, who is set to undergo back surgery and could miss the rest of the season.

In fact, KKR’s statement was an indicator that Iyer’s chances of an early return to play looks improbable at the moment. “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 IPL 2023 edition, we feel fortunate that Nitish, with the captaincy experience having led his state side in white ball cricket and the IPL experience he has had with KKR since 2018, will do a great job,” KKR said in a statement.

While Rana has captained Delhi in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, the results have been far from encouraging for the southpaw. It is understood that he would be asked to implement the strategy prepared by coach Pandit, who along with team boss Venky Mysore and former Mumbai Ranji stalwart Abhishek Nayar will be calling the shots.

It may noted that Rana was dropped by Delhi in this season’s Ranji Trophy squad due to his poor show and inept technique in red-ball cricket. Rana has captained Delhi in 12 T20s in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, with eight wins and four defeats. The 29-year old middle-order batter was bought by KKR ahead of the 2018 season and has been retained by the franchise ever since.

KKR will open their campaign against Punjab Kings at Mohali on 1 April.

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