Rinku Singh Singh has become the talk of the town. Suppose you follow Cricket or even check your social media accounts. In that case, you might have seen a video of Rinku hitting 5 consecutive sixes to win a game for his IPL (Indian Premier League) team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
Talking about the heroics he did Rinku in the post-match presentation, he revealed that he followed his strike partner, Umesh Yadav’s valuable advice, ‘Hit it, Rinku, don’t think‘.
However, the journey to this fame took work. To become this overnight sensation, the cricketer from Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh had to toil hard and face situations that forced him to give up on his aim. Rinku Singh’s story of struggle began during his childhood in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, where he lived with his family. His father, Khanchandra, works as an LPG cylinder delivery man and was a farmer earlier, as the family faced financial difficulties.
Rinku faced several challenges and obstacles in his career, including financial difficulties. He was offered a sweeping and cleaning job at a coaching centre where his brother worked. For someone like Rinku, who aims to make it big in Cricket, this was a setback.
He refused to do the job and promised himself he wanted to be a cricketer, for which he was ready to put in all the effort. He honed his skills by practising for several hours every day. He soon caught the attention of local coaches, who recognized his talent and encouraged him to take the sport seriously.
However, the road to success took work for Rinku. He faced numerous obstacles and setbacks along the way. Despite performing well in local matches, he struggled to gain exposure and recognition on a national level.
In 2014, Rinku Singh was finally given a break when he was selected to play for the Uttar Pradesh cricket team in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He was impressed with his performances and was subsequently included in the India Under-19 squad for the 2016 World Cup.
Despite his promising start, Rinku’s career hit a roadblock when he was not selected for the 2016 IPL auction. He continued to play domestic Cricket, but his performances could have been more consistent, and he struggled to gain attention from IPL franchises.
However, Rinku did not give up on his dream of playing in the IPL. He continued to work hard and improve his game, and his efforts paid off when he was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for INR 80 lakhs (approximately USD 112,000) in the 2018 IPL player auction.
Rinku’s journey with KKR had its challenges. He struggled to find his footing in the team and was often left out of the playing XI. However, he remained patient and continued to work hard in training, hoping for an opportunity to prove himself.
In the last two seasons of the IPL, Rinku scored crucial runs for his teams and times when it mattered. This year too, he continued his excellent run with the bat as he snatched a victory from defeat by smashing 5 sixes in the last over.
After that memorable innings, Rinku has made 58* of 31 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad and 53* of 33 balls against Chennai Superkings. However, both these innings came in a losing cause.
Rinku continues to perform for his team in the ongoing IPL and aims to don the blue jersey to represent India at the International level. While he is presenting a strong case for selection to Team India with his performance, it’s only a matter of time before you see him in Indian colours.