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Rinku Singh Recalls Struggle As ‘Sole Breadwinner’: ‘My Father Didn’t Eat For 2-3 Days’

Rinku Singh Journey
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Rinku Singh single-handedly won the match for Kolkata Knight Riders in the last over against Gujarat Titans. GT made 204 for 4 in 20 overs. KKR were strong in the chase, thanks to a valiant knock from Venkatesh Iyer of 83 runs in 40 balls. However, Rashid Khan took the hat trick and left KKR with a massive task. In the last over, KKR needed 29 runs. Umesh Yadav took a single in the first, and that left Rinku with 28 runs needed in the last 5 balls. What went ahead we have never seen before. Rinku Singh took charge of Yash Dayal’s bowling and smashed 5 sixes in the next 5 deliveries and took KKR home.

In the post-match conference, Rinku said,

“My father struggled a lot; I come from a farmer’s family; every ball that I hit out of the ground was dedicated to the people who sacrificed so much for me.”

 

 

Rinku Singh Journey

Rinku Singh 5 Sixes
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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.”

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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.”

Watch Rinku Singh’s 5 sixes here

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