New Delhi: Rinku Singh! This name is in discussion since the 66th match of IPL 2022. Lucknow Super Giants may have won the match against KKR, but Rinku Singh of UP became the hero from this match. Rinku Singh, who landed at number seven like a fighter, played such an innings of 40 runs in 15 balls with 2 fours and 4 sixes that the cricket corridors resonated with applause. Rinku Singh looked disheartened after KKR’s defeat, but his stormy innings filled the cricket fans with enthusiasm.
Man of the match was made in March
The special thing is that Rinku Singh was in tremendous form from the Ranji Trophy itself. In the Ranji Trophy match played between Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra from March 3 to 5, Rinku Singh scored 67 in the first innings and 78 in 60 balls in the second innings to give Uttar Pradesh a 6-wicket win. Rinku hit 5 fours and 4 sixes to give a 6-wicket victory to UP. In this match, Rinku emerged as the match winner. He was awarded the man of the match title.
KKR played 7 matches
Rinku Singh, who was in excellent form, was included in the team in the 35th match against Gujarat Titans on 23 April. Rinku played a brilliant innings of 35 runs in this match. After this, an unbeaten innings of 42 runs in 23 balls against Rajasthan Royals gave his team a 7-wicket victory.
Although he got out early in the matches against Super Giants on May 7 and against Sun Risers on May 14, but the manner in which the match in Do or Die for KKR, forced him to applaud. The special thing is that Rinku Singh was played by KKR in only 7 matches out of 14, in which he scored 174 runs at an average of more than 34. His strike rate was more than 148. It is also being said that if KKR had given him more chances, he might have been in the playoffs.
3rd highest run scorer in Ranji
Rinku Singh was born in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh. He comes from a poor family. He has followed his passion for the game more than the limit. KKR bought him in 2018 for Rs 80 lakh. Even though Rinku didn’t have a good first season, his potential was considered and he was retained for IPL 2019.
Rinku worked on his batting with KKR assistant coach Abhishek Nair at the KKR Academy during the off-season. After this, he played swashbuckling innings for Uttar Pradesh in the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy. He was the third highest run-scorer (953) in Ranji in 10 innings. Four centuries (163*, 149, 149 and 150) were included in his kitty. Rinku was bought this year for Rs 55 lakh.
rinku singh cricket career
First Class 23 matches, 2307 runs, average of 64, 5 wickets
List A 41 matches, 1414 runs, average of 50.50, 7 wickets
T20 68 matches, 1155 runs, average of 24.57, 3 wickets
first published:May 19, 2022, 7:07 p.m.