Delhi left-hand batsman Nitish Rana has been a vital cog in the KKR middle-order over the years. He has made useful contributions in the middle and often helped KKR to chase or put up high scores on the board after a top order collapse. He had a decent outing in the 2020 edition of the IPL with 352 runs from 14 matches at a strike-rate of 138.58. Rana adds value to the side with an ability to stabilise the innings and accelerate when required. He was brought back by the franchise in the 2022 IPL Auction.
A 22-year old opening batsman who hails from Pune, Ruturaj Gaikwad has been a consistent performer for his state team Maharashtra. He was the highest run-getter for Maharashtra in the league stage of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2018-19. At the IPL 2019 Player Auction, the Chennai Super Kings secured his services at his base price of INR 20 lacs.