Kolkata Knight Riders campaign came to halt after losing to Lucknow Super Giants yesterday. KKR fought hard till the very end but end up losing by just 2 runs. Quinton De Kock smashed his first century this season and scored an unbeaten 140 in just 70 balls with 10 fours and as many sixes. However, another name that shared the limelight with Quinny is Indian youngster Rinku Singh. Chasing a target of 210, KKR was reeling at 144 for 5 in 16 overs with 67 needed in 24 balls. Rinku Singh arrived at the crease of a mammoth task.
KKR’s most valuable player Andre Russell also did not click at a crucial match and was out at 5 in 11 balls. Rinku Singh along with Sunil Narine took the match to the end. KKR needed 21 runs in 6 balls. Rinku Singh hit 4, 6, 6, and 2 in the first 4 balls and it was 3 needed in just 2 balls. In the penultimate ball, Ewin Lewis took the catch of the tournament, and Rinku Singh got out in 15 balls 40. Umesh Yadav was dismissed in the last ball and KKR lost by 2 runs. Rinku Singh became a star and everyone appreciated his batting. He also scored a match-winning 42 against Rajasthan Royals earlier in the tournament.
Rinku Singh Journey
In 2018, Kolkata Knight Riders picked Rinku Singh for INR 80 lakhs. However, he did not get regular chances before this season. He had an amazing Ranji Trophy season in 2018-19 for Uttar Pradesh. Rinku scored 953 runs in 10 innings with four hundreds. He was the third-highest run-getter of that season. Born in Aligarh, Rinku credits Kolkata Knight Riders for his rise. He also recalled struggles while recovering from a knee injury that kept him out of the first half of the IPL 2021. In a video uploaded on KKR’s official Facebook page on Wednesday, Rinku said,
“Those 5 years were really tough for me. After the first year, when I was picked for KKR and I got a chance to play, I couldn’t perform well. Still, KKR trusted me a lot and they retained me for the next couple of seasons.”
Rinku is the sole breadwinner of the family. He said that his father didn’t eat for two-three days after knowing about his injury. The injury sidelined the cricketer for several months. He added,
“I trained hard the way my body language is. The team never thought I was down. Last year was quite tough for me as I got a knee injury during the Vijay Hazare Trophy while running a double. The moment I fell, I thought of the IPL. They told me I needed an operation and would require 6-7 months to recover.”
“I wasn’t happy staying away from cricket for so long. My father didn’t eat for 2-3 days. I told him it was just an injury and it’s part of cricket. I’m the sole breadwinner of my life and when such things happen, it is bound to be worrisome. I was a bit sad, but I knew I would recover quickly as I had a lot of self-belief.”
The season has ended for Kolkata Knight Riders. However, with the likes of Rinku Singh, the team has found a good finisher for the new seasons. What do you guys think about Rinku Singh’s innings? Let us know in the comments below.