Former cricketer Aakash Chopra chose Nitish Rana as the game’s most valuable player following Kolkata Knight Riders’ impressive victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnasamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Notably, the 29-year-old smashed 48 runs off just 21 deliveries and entirely altered the course of the game during the middle overs, when KKR were struggling to gain momentum.
After Jason Roy was sent back to the pavilion, Royal Challengers Bangalore bowlers came hard at the Knight Riders, and Rana altered gears to give KKR much-needed momentum. The two-time champions scored 200 runs thanks to his aggressive approach and ultimately won their third match of the IPL 2023 season by 21 runs. Based on the influence Rana had in the middle, Chopra has named him the match’s most valuable player.
Who was my most important player? It is a somewhat controversial choice, but please pay close attention to my reasoning. I am saying it was Nitish Rana. On his YouTube channel, the 45-year-old stated, “Jason Roy scored a half-century, Varun Chakaravarthy took three wickets, Russell did the job, Suyash Sharma was outstanding, and Nitish didn’t even score fifty.”
“He scored 48 runs while batting, which was somewhat speculative. Mohammed Siraj and Harshal Patel both dropped receptions that were extremely simple to make. Nitish Rana benefited from the outcome. After that, his stewardship won your admiration because he introduced so much spin in the first six overs and then repeatedly used it. Aakash Chopra continued, “They auditioned David Wiese, but he didn’t believe David Wiese would be able to do the job, so he hired Andre Russell.”
The former batsman also noted that the two-time champions entered the game with a clear strategy, which helped them defeat RCB despite playing at Chinnasamy, where the team batting second enjoys a significant advantage.
“Nine times out of ten, captains don’t mean what they say at the coin toss, particularly when they lose. “However, they (KKR) wanted to bat first because they had three spinners and could choke them in the second innings, as they did in the previous match,” Chopra said.