The player we are talking about is Rinku Singh, the left handed batsman playing for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL 2023. The cricketer has an interesting and inspiring life that everybody must know. This young cricketer has seen all the ups and downs of the life at such a young age but he never gave up and rather stood against every obstacle. Yesterday, the young cricketer created a sension by hitting 5 sixes in 5 balls that too in the 20th over of the innings to register a win against title holders GT. So, let’s check out some interesting facts about KKR’s star batsman, Rinku Singh.
First ever batsman to score 30 runs in 20th over in IPL
Rinku Singh has become the first ever player to hit 5 sixes of 5 balls in the 20th over against Gujarat Titans in IPL season 2023. This means he became the highest scorer (30 runs) of the last over in IPL followed by Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni who scored 22 runs each earlier in IPL.
Shahrukh Khan tweeted for Rinku
Shahrukh Khan himself twitted about Rinku Singh After Rinku Singh led KKR to achieve the sensational win against GT, Shahrukh Khan himself twitted about Rinku Singh and congratulated the whole team.
Rinku would have never became a cricketer, had he accepted the job of a sweeper. Since he had no job, he wanted to make an earning source, so his brother took him to a place where he was offered a job as a sweeper. He rejected the job and told his mother he would rather wanted to focus on cricket only.
Belongs to a Humble Family
Rinku Singh was born on 12th October, 1997 in Aligarh, Uttar Paradesh. He is the third of the five siblings. His father is into a job of delivering LPG cylinders. Since Rinku wanted to take responsibility of the whole family, he focussed on cricket and has risen to a new level.
In the early phase of his cricket career, he got injured. Out of sadness, his father stopped eating for 2-3 days. Rinku convinced the family that getting injured is a part of cricket career. It was Rinku’s passion for cricket which didn’t let him give up his cricket journey. Moreover, he knew if stopped playing cricket, his family’s finances will be affected.
Suresh Raina is Rinku’s Idol
Rinku Singh is inspired by the famous Indian cricketer Suresh Raina. Rinku met him for the during practice session at the cricket club where Rinku was getting trained. He approached Raina and talked him for a while and Raina advised him to try his best in cricket. His words inspired Rinku. Since then, he considers Suresh Raina as his idol.
Domestic Cricket Career
In 2014, Rinku Singh made his debut in List A Cricket for Uttar Pradesh while he was just 16 years old. Later he made a debut in First -class cricket for Uttar Pradesh only in 2016.
Selection in IPL
Good fortune shone on Rinku when for the first time, he got selected by an IPL team in 2017. He was bought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 10 lakh. Afterwards he was bought by KKR in 2018 for Rs. 80 lakh, he was sold to Kolkata Knight riders for Rs 80 lakh. Although in IPL 2023 auction, he was bought by KKR only but at a lesser price than previous seasons i.e. Rs. 55 lakh.
Banned by BCCI
In 2019, Rinku Singh was suspended by BCCI as he had played in a foreign cricket league. He didn’t know that BCCI didn’t allow its players to player for any foreign league. For this, he was punished with a three month ban.
The total networth of Rinku Singh is approximately 6 crore. His annual salary as per the IPL auction 2023 is 55 lakh. For the past four years, he has continuously been picked up by KKR though at a much lesser price compared to his first time selection in 2018.
Off the field, Rinku is known for his friendly behaviour as he gels up quickly with his teammates. He is very close to Andre Russell even he faced barrier in speaking english well. Rinku got special wishes on his birthday wishes from Andre Russell’s wife Jassym Lora who calls him her “bestie”.
Rinku got Juhi Chawla in tears
While Rinku hit 5 sixes on 5 balls, the co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders, Juhi Chawla got so emotional that she was in tears after KKR won the match as it seemed miracle to achieve 29 runs of the last over.
Kendra Lust, an Adult Star, becomes Rinku’s fan
A famous star of adult industry, Kendra Lust recently joined the fan list of Rinku Singh. She became so overwhelmed that she tweeted about Rinku after his stupendous performance in KKR vs GT match.