In a blow to Kolkata Knight Riders, one of their most consistent middle-order batsmen Nitish Rana skipped the practice session ahead of their crucial Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 match against Chennai Super Kings at the Eden Gardens on May 2.
Rana, who has 188 runs from eight matches at 31.33, has two man-of-the-match awards to his name, was down with a lower back spasm. “He has lower back spasms. The medical team will take a call tomorrow morning,” PTI quoted a team official today.
U-19 World Cup winning team batsman Shubman Gill, who batted at No 7, may get a promotion if Rana fails to make the cut, while the team think-tank may also consider Ishank Jaggi as his replacement.
Dinesh Karthik-led KKR are currently sitting at number four of the points table with four victories in eight matches they have played so far.
MS Dhoni-led CSK, on the other hand, are at the top of the points table with six wins in eight matches.
Filling up the gallery & pages with a lot of memories! _
It was a special day for few lucky #KnightRiders post training! _
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) 2 May 2018
KKR don’t have a good track record against CSK, losing 12 times out of 19 encounters.
KKR: Dinesh Karthik (C/WK), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, R Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi and Tom Curran.
CSK: MS Dhoni (C/WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Shane Watson, Shardul Thakur, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, Harbhajan Singh, Faf Du Plessis, Mark Wood, Sam Billings, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Lungisani Ngidi, K.M. Asif, N. Jagadeesan, Kanishk Seth, Monu Singh, Dhruv Shorey, Kshitiz Sharma, Chaitanya Bishnoi.