Rinku Singh was onboard KKR team in IPL 2018 for a whopping 80 Lakhs rupees.
Nothing but respect is all one could have towards a 20-years-old building up his own empire all by himself from rags to riches. It’s about a rising star in Indian cricket, Rinku Singh. This left-handed batsman, and an occasional bowler is a Kolkata Knight Riders player. He is yet to debut with the international side, but his influence in Uttar Pradesh’s First-Class team is quite robust. Singh has been playing professional cricket since his U16 days reaching the glamor games of IPL so far in only a couple of years. In 2017, the young batsman played for Kings XI Punjab and in the latest season, he was pulled away by Kolkata Knight Riders.
IPL 2018 Auctions brought a news worth celebrating for Aligarh. When Rinku Singh was roped in by KKR at a whopping auction price of 80 Lakhs rupees, the city celebrated along with his family. Singh was offered four times his base price by the IPL team. Last season, the young player was onboard Kings Punjab for 10 lakhs becoming a sensation in the team for strong performance. Naturally, his game was a striking impact on his value in the tournament. The player commented that IPL had a substantial effect on his form, that turned out as the underlying reason for his recent success. His impressive figures in the Mushtaq Ali tournament ahead of 2018 Auction was the major attraction. In the early week of January 2018, he scored 95 runs for 31 balls in the Mumbai Indians camp.
Singh debuted as a player form UP at U-16 level in 2014.
Rinku Singh was born on 12 October 1997 in Aligarh to a humble family. His father Khanchandra Singh works a door-to-door LPG delivery man. His elder brother is an auto rickshaw driver in the city. He also has another sibling working at a coaching center. His family lives in a small storage compound of the LPG company near the Aligarh stadium. With this background, the IPL bidding for the player created a huge stir in not only the city, but across the country. The tug-o-war between Mumbai Indians and Knight Riders for Rinku Singh came out as a jaw dropping 80 lakh rupees. Singh became a perfect example of IPL’s prowess in transforming real cricket talents of the country.
The young cricketer used to save his meagre daily allowances playing as a state U19 player to help his family. He is a school dropout and he had only cricket as an earning avenue. Furthermore, his family had a debt of 5 lakhs, which they toiled to repay. In an interview, the young player disclosed that once he was offered a job as a sweeper. But he came back home and pleaded his mother let him play cricket to earn whatever he can. His family started believing him when he won a motorbike as the Man of the Series in a tournament in Delhi. In a recent interview, Singh disclosed after winning the contract at IPL 2018 that he can now dream of getting his elder sister married decently.
Rinku Singh has an excellent stat in the few List A and Class A cricket he played so far.
Singh started playing for Uttar Pradesh as a U16 player. He represented the team at U16, U19 and U23 levels. As an Under-19 cricketer, he also played for Central Zone. He debuted List A for Uttar Pradesh in March 2014 at the age of 16. He top-scored in the match knocking 83 runs against Vidarbha. His first-class debut was in 2016-17 Ranji season against Punjab. So far, he played 9 first-class matches thumping 682 runs with an average of 49.42. His highest score in the tournament is an unbeaten 122. Singh played 23 List-A games aggregating 742 averaging 43.64.
For Rinku Singh, his impressive stats in List A and First-Class created the doorway to IPL. He debuted the tournament in 2017 season for Kings XI Punjab. In 2018 Vijay Hazare Trophy he played an excellent game against Tripura. He smashed an unbeaten 91 runs at only 44 balls. He was also to debut ICC U19 World Cup in 2016, however, he was not in the primary selection.
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