All About Nitish Rana And His Cricket Career

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Nitish Rana is an Indian cricketer who plays domestically for Delhi and in the Indian Premier League for Kolkata Knight Riders. He is a left-handed batter who also bowls off-spin part-time. He was selected captain of Delhi in November 2018, succeeding Gautam Gambhir. In July 2021, he made his international debut for India.

Nitish Rana is an Indian cricketer who excels as a batsman. He is a right-arm off-break bowler and a left-handed batter.

Family Background

Nitish Rana was born on 27 December 1993 in Delhi, India. His father Dara Singh Rana is a math professor in a college. His mother name is Satish Rana. Nitish Rana Cricketer has an elder brother whose name is Ashish Rana. Nitish is married to Saatchi Marwah who is an interior designer since February 2019.

Nitish Rana was born into a Hindu middle-class family.

Personal information/life

Real NameNitish Dara Rana
Date of Birth27 December 1993
BirthplaceBharthal, Delhi, India
NicknameNot Known
BowlingRight-arm off break
Eye colorDark Brown
Hair colorBlack
Zodiac signCapricorn
CollegeNot Known
Jersey Number27(Mumbai Indians)
Education QualificationGraduate
Favorite colorRed, Black, White
Playing RoleBatsman
Favorite CricketerSachin Tendulkar
ODI DebutSri Lanka vs India at Colombo (July 23, 2021)
T20I DebutSri Lanka vs India at Colombo (July 28, 2021)
T-20 DebutDelhi vs Vidarbha at Indore (march 30, 2013)
List- A DebutAssam vs Delhi at Visakhapatnam (march 30, 2013)
First-Class DebutDelhi vs Vidarbha at Delhi (October 8, 2015)
SchoolDAV Centenary Public School, Delhi. Vidya Jain Public School, Delhi.
Major TeamsIndia, Delhi, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders


  • Nitish Rana made his first-class debut in the Ranji Trophy in 2016, scoring 557 runs at an average of 50.63 and quickly establishing himself as one of the Delhi team’s leading run scorers.
  • At the 2016 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, he scored 299 runs at an average of 42.71 with a strike rate of 175.88.
  • He has been a key part of the franchise structure since then. He played 15 matches and scored 304 runs in the 2018 campaign.
  • In the 2019 edition of the IPL, he scored 344 runs in 14 matches, with a strike rate of 146.38.Rana led Delhi to 236 for 9 in 20 overs in a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match.
  • He hammered 53 of only 29 balls to assist his team knock down Baroda’s 153-run total.
  • While playing against Jharkhand, he had an unbroken inning of 60 runs in just 44 balls. Delhi lost the first three wickets for just 14 runs in this match, but won by five wickets because to Rana’s assistance.
  • In November 2018, he was named captain of the Delhi domestic team.


In the 2015–16 Ranji Trophy, Rana made his first-class debut, scoring 557 runs at an average of 50.63 and ending as his team’s highest run-getter. With 218 runs, he was his team’s second top run scorer in the 2015–16 Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Rana scored 299 runs in eight innings in the 2015–16 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, with a strike rate of 175.88 and an average of 42.71. Rana came in to bat with Delhi struggling at 40 for 4 in a tournament match against Andhra Pradesh, and launched a counter-attacking innings of 97 off 40 balls (8 fours, 8 sixes) to propel his team to 236 for 9 in 20 overs. After losing three of their top four batters to single digit scores against Baroda, Rana top-scored with 53 off just 29 balls to help Delhi chase down Baroda’s 153-run total.

After Delhi were reduced to 14 for 3 in their chase of 135 against Jharkhand, he hit an unbeaten 60 off 44 balls to help his team to a 5-wicket win. In the 2018 IPL auction, he was purchased by the Kolkata Knight Riders in January 2018. 

Rana was picked to India A’s squad for the 2018–19 Deodhar Trophy in October 2018, He was picked to India’s team for the 2018 ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup in December 2018. He was picked to India B’s squad for the 2019–20 Deodhar Trophy in October 2019.

IPL Career

In 2015, Rana joined the Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Rana had to wait for his time in a team with an abundance of skill, which came in spurts in 2016 and catapulted him to popularity in 2017 when he scored 333 runs in 13 matches. Although he lost his form in the latter rounds of the competition, Rana’s early burst was important in Mumbai Indians winning their second IPL title.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) swooped in advance of the 2018 auctions and snatched up the rock star from Delhi when he was relieved from MI responsibilities. He has been a key part of the franchise structure since then. He played 15 matches and scored 304 runs in the 2018 campaign.

In the 2019 edition of the IPL, he scored 344 runs in 14 matches, with a strike rate of 146.38. With his ability to stabilize the innings and accelerate when needed, Rana offers an X element to the side.

Rana has always gotten starts in the competition, but his conversion percentage has been poor. If he can improve his conversion rate and come out stronger in the 2020 season, he could very well be a contender for the Indian national team.

International Career

In June 2021, Rana was named in India’s One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) squads for their series against Sri Lanka. He made his ODI debut on 23 July 2021, for India against Sri Lanka. He scored 7 runs off 14 balls on his debut. He made his T20I debut on 28 July 2021, for India against Sri Lanka.

In April 2013, Nitish Rana began his domestic (state level) career. He was a member of the Delhi teams. The IPL purchased Nitish Rana in 2015. (Indian Premier League). His current market value is Rs 3.40 crore. And his maximum offer is estimated to be about Rs 3.4 crore. Nitish Rana is currently playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders. He also spent the entire season with the Mumbai Indians. His number is 27 on the jersey.

Nitish Rana participated in the IPL in the years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Nitish Rana has appeared in 32 IPL matches. He has a total of 741 runs scored. He hit the 50’s seven times. In the IPL, he took four wickets.

Nitish Rana uses a bat with the SS logo on it.

Nitish Rana Career Statistics

Runs scored2,2661,9402,725
Batting average41.2041.2728.09
Top score17413797
Balls bowled1,3771,418511
Bowling average46.6034.0921.17
Best bowling2/13/364/17

Banning and Controversies

Rana was one of 22 players banned by the Indian Board of Control for Cricket in 2015 for age-fudging. After problems in his date of birth were discovered, he was banned.The age-fudging matter was revisited in 2020, but the charges were found to be false.

Social Media

Social Media Profiles of Nitish Rana:

  • NitishRana 27 on Twitter: 27
  • @nitishrana official on Instagram: official/


  • Does Nitish Rana smoke: not known
  • Does Nitish Rana drink alcohol: not known
  • His father, a math teacher, has been a staunch supporter of his cricket career.
  • Since he was 12 years old, Rana has been playing cricket.
  • In his youth, he worked in the same field as Gautam Gambhir.
  • He credited former Australian captain Ricky Ponting for his success in T20 cricket.
  • He was bought for INR 10 lakh by Mumbai Indians, although he did not compete in any event that year.
  • He participated in the tournament for Mumbai Indians in 2017. He demonstrated his abilities in this league by bowling a 50-run innings in just 29 balls. This match was won by Mumbai.
  • By hearing to renowned motivational speaker Mike Horn’s speech, he learned how to face his worries of facing express tempo bowling.