IPL 2018: Nitish Rana down with back spasm, skips training

Rana, who has 188 runs from eight matches at 31.33, has two man-of-the-match awards to his name.

Nitish Rana (centre) walked off the field, while on 17, during its six-wicket win over RCB in Bengaluru on April 29.   -  AFP

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) middle-order batsman Nitish Rana was down with a lower back spasm as the team think-tank, on Wednesday, refused to give a clear picture on his availability for its match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), here, on Thursday.

One of its most consistent middle-order batsmen, Rana walked off the field, while on 17, during its six-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Bengaluru on April 29.

“He has lower back spasms. The medical team will take a call on Thursday morning,” a team official said on Wednesday, as Rana did not attend its full-fledged training session ahead of its match against CSK.

Rana, who has 188 runs from eight matches at 31.33, has two man-of-the-match awards to his name and his part-time off-spin has also come in handy for the team to give crucial breakthroughs.

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Talented 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.

Meanwhile, an M.S. Dhoni-less team CSK had an optional training session at the Eden, under the watchful eyes of coach Stephen Fleming.

Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh skipped the optional training, while Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Lungi Ngidi and Faf du Plessis joined the team midway into the practice session.

CSK leads the table with 12 points from eight matches, while KKR lies on fourth with eight points from eight matches.