Rinku Singh Struggle: Rinku Singh was once getting the job of sweeping, now the hero of KKR’s victory by beating the bowlers


Mumbai: The losing streak of Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2022 has come to an end. The team defeated Rajasthan Royals (KKR vs RR) by 7 wickets in the match played at Wankhede Stadium. KKR had got 5 consecutive defeats in 5 matches played before this. At one time the team was at the top of the points table, but the continuous defeat made it difficult for the team to reach the playoffs. Now the explosive batting of young batsman Rinku Singh gave the team its fourth win of the season.

Rinku Singh, 24, came out to bat on the pitch after the dismissal of Shreyas Iyer. He gave his team victory by playing an innings of 42 runs in 23 balls. Rinku’s innings included 6 fours and a six. Not even once during this innings did he feel that he was struggling. Rajasthan have international bowlers like Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult and the famous Krishna, but Rinku faced them all. Earlier in the fielding too, he had taken 2 catches. He got the Man of the Match award.

However, the journey till here has not been easy for Rinku Singh. Rinku is the third among 5 siblings. His father used to do gas cylinder delivery work. Rinku Singh’s one brother used to drive an auto rickshaw and his other used to work in a coaching centre. Rinku Singh had failed in class 9th. Due to not being educated, Rinku was not getting a good job. When Rinku talked about getting a job from his brother, then where his brother took him, he was getting a job as a broom.

Amidst all this, Rinku kept his focus on cricket. In 2015, his family got a loan of 5 lakhs. He paid off the family’s debt with the meager daily allowance he received for playing for the UP Under-19 team and other cricket money. In the 2017 IPL auction, Rinku was bought by Punjab for Rs 10 lakh, but he did not get a chance to play. In 2018, KKR bought him for 80 lakhs. In this year’s auction, Rinku got Rs 55 lakh. Till now there were discussions about his fielding only in IPL. But now Rinku has won the team by doing wonders with the bat.