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Who is Rinku Singh? All you Need to Know about the KKR’s Batter & Brilliant Fielder

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For UP’s Rinku Singh, hardships are opportunities

Rinku Singh is no stranger to adversity. Born in a lower middle-class family in Aligarh, a young Rinku saw his father deliver LPG cylinders to take care of the family. His nine-member family lives in a small two-room tin-roofed house. He managed to get into a good school in sports quota but failed in the ninth standard. His family was in debt, and the future looked bleak. He had to take the job of a domestic helper.

Around 2015, when they had run up a debt of INR 5 lakh, Rinku was playing for Uttar Pradesh in the Under-19s, and had started saving up from his daily allowance to help repay it. If that wasn’t enough, he once almost took up a job as a domestic worker, where his primary tasks would have been sweeping and mopping.

Rinku Singh From there, he is now signed by one of the most successful Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for Rs. 80 lakhs in 2018 and Rs. 55 Lakhs in 2022.

When asked about his very humble upbringing, he said: “I belong to a poor family. During my early days, we didn’t have enough money to buy my kit. My coach helped me very much and by God’s grace, I got into Delhi Public School in sports quota. I learnt many things but failed class 9.”

IPL 2017 Rinku

There was a time when his father had to take a debt, and the Singh family was drowning in poverty. But Kings XI Punjab bought him for 10 lakhs last season and a new door of happiness opened for them. Even during the toughest phase of his life, he didn’t stop training.

Rinku is Known as Jr Raina

“I used to practice 14 hours a day. Tough times made me stronger every time,” said Rinku. Speaking about the auction, he added, “I was a little nervous. I was training when the auction was going on. I never expected to bag such a big amount.”

Singh is known as Junior Raina amongst his Uttar Pradesh team-mates. In fact, it was Raina who inspired Rinku and kindled the flame in him. “One day I saw Raina bhaiya practising in our club. I talked to him and he advised me to try my best. He is my idol. I’m very happy that people call me Jr. Raina,” said a proud Rinku.

Rinku Singh in IPL 2021

Rinku was ruled out of the 2021 Indian Premier League due to a knee injury and he was later replaced by Gurkeerat Singh Mann.

Rinku Singh Bought By KKR in IPL 2022 Auction

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BCCI suspends Rinku Singh for taking part in Abu Dhabi T20 tournament ( 2019)

Taking part in an “unauthorised” T20 tournament in Abu Dhabi has landed Uttar Pradesh batsman Rinku Singh in trouble, with the BCCI suspending him for three months.

The tournament in question was the Ramadan T20 Tournament, organised by Abu Dhabi Cricket earlier this month, in which Rinku led his team Deccan Gladiators to the title by smashing a 58-ball 104 and then picking up two wickets against New Medical Centre.

“Mr. Singh did not seek permission from the BCCI before taking part in the T20 league hence directly violating the BCCI rules and regulations,” a BCCI statement said. “As per the BCCI norms, a player registered with the Board cannot play in any tournaments abroad without the Board’s permission.”

Rinku, the 21-year-old middle-order batsman and part-time offspinner, was in the India A squad for the ongoing four-day series against Sri Lanka, but the BCCI said he had been withdrawn for the second and final game, which starts on May 31 in Hubli. He didn’t figure in the XI in the first game, which the Indians won by an innings and 205 runs.

“Mr. Rinku Singh therefore has been suspended with immediate effect for a period of three months starting June 1, 2019. He has been removed from the current India A squad set to play a multi-day game against Sri Lanka A starting May 31, 2019.

“The BCCI will not tolerate such violations in the future and strict actions will be taken if a player is found violating the BCCI rules and regulations.”

Rinku, who made his name initially as more of a white-ball dasher, had a breakout season in the Ranji Trophy this past season, piling up 953 runs in ten games at an average of 105.88 with four centuries and three fifties. He was the third highest run-getter overall.

Rinku Singh Fielding

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Rinku Singh – An Inspiration

Rinku Singh is an inspiration to many underprivileged cricketers (Just Like T Natarajan), who face financial difficulties to continue playing the sport. Addressing them, the India A aspirant said, “Never lose hope. Life is all about ups and downs. One day will come when the world will make you their idol. Always be focused, and spend time with your friends and family during the bad days.”

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