Rinku Singh’s heroic display in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 match has made headlines around the world. The young cricketer delivered a stunning performance for the Kolkata Knight Riders, hitting five consecutive sixes in the final over to secure a nail-biting victory against Yash Dayal.
Singh’s 18-ball 48 played a vital role in chasing down a mammoth total of 205 runs, earning him a well-deserved place in the history books. It was a defining moment for the Indian cricketer, who was bought by the SRK-owned team for Rs. 80 lakhs in 2022.
Despite being retained by KKR over some of its more actively performing players, Singh had been on the fringes of the team for the first couple of seasons. However, he proved his worth in 2022, showcasing his six-hitting ability in a few crunch situations.
Singh’s latest feat has cemented his place in the KKR set-up, and is a testament to his hard work and dedication. The young cricketer hails from a humble background, with his father delivering LPG cylinders and his elder brother driving an autorickshaw.
Rinku Singh is finally getting the recognition he deserves, my man has come a long way ♥️ pic.twitter.com/hWp1qVJXgp
— retired ICT fan (@anubhav__tweets) April 9, 2023
The journey to success has not been easy for Singh, who had to overcome financial struggles and debt. With a lack of interest in academics, cricket became his only option, and he represented his state in different levels of Under-19 tournaments, saving up money to repay his debts.
Despite facing numerous setbacks and struggling to find consistent work, Singh never gave up on his dream. His impressive performances in the domestic circuit caught the eye of IPL teams, and he was eventually signed by Punjab Kings in 2021, although he did not get a chance to play.
Coming from a humble background, Father used to deliver cylinders, got ban from BCCI once and endless struggle.
— Anurag Dwivedi 🏏 (@AnuragxCricket) April 9, 2023
However, Singh’s fortunes changed when he was called for trials by the Mumbai Indians, impressing the support staff with his skills. This led to a bidding war between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders, with the latter ultimately winning the battle for the young cricketer’s signature.
Singh’s story is an inspiration to many, showing that hard work, dedication, and perseverance can lead to success even in the face of adversity. As he continues to shine on the cricket field, his performance in the IPL 2023 match will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the greatest moments in the tournament’s history.
Rinku Singh 🤝 Carlos Brathwaite
— ICC (@ICC) April 9, 2023