Kolkata: In-form Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsman Nitish Rana, whose 59 helped the team drub Delhi Daredevils by 71 runs, feels he excels under pressure.
“I had said that the last time as well — when there is pressure, I seem to do better. I was happy that there was pressure, I enjoy playing under pressure,” Rana told reporters after the lopsided Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Eden Gardens on Monday.
Andre Russell blasted a 12-ball 41 along with Rana’s 35-ball 59 to help KKR pile up a mammoth 200/9. In reply, Delhi were out for 129 as Sunil Narine (3/18) and Kuldeep Yadav (3/32) triggered a collapse.
“It was an important game for us since we had lost the last two in a row,” said Rana who has scored 127 runs so far in four matches at an average of 31.75.
KKR got back to winning ways after slumping to two consecutive defeats against Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively.
In their tournament opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rana had come good with bat and ball to guide his side to a victory.
Asked how big has been his contribution in both the triumphs, Rana played down his role to team effort.
“Everyone has made a contribution in today’s game. Take for example, Kuldeep’s two wickets – Rishabh Pant and Glenn Maxwell. We thought at that point in time, those wickets were very important.
“I don’t think I had such a huge role, everyone’s been assigned a certainly responsibility, I just had to fulfil my part, so did the others.”