Rinku Singh made history by hitting five sixes in five deliveries to help KKR chase 205 runs in 20 overs against GT. With 28 runs needed in five deliveries, Rinku wreaked havoc and delivered a jaw-dropping effort.
Cricket fans would remember the innings for a long time as the Knight Riders pulled out a victory from a sure-shot defeat. He was initially offered a job as a sweeper, but the 25-year-old turned it down in order to focus on his cricket.
The Kolkata Knight Riders played a significant role in his development because the franchise supported him for five years. Rinku remarked that the sixes he hit in the final over of the match were dedicated to those who had made so many sacrifices for him.
Rinku Singh comments after the match-winning knock
“My father struggled a lot, I come from a farmer’s family.”
Rinku said after his match-winning knock as quoted by NDTV.
“Every ball that I hit out of the ground was dedicated to the people who sacrificed so much for me, (I) had the belief that I could do it. Last year I was in a similar situation in Lucknow. Had the belief back then too. Didn’t think too much out there. Those shots just happened one after the other.”
The Aligarh-born cricketer further added,
“That last one was back of the hand, and I struck it off the back foot,”.
Following Rinku’s innings, skipper Nitish Rana was overjoyed and praised him for the two points. The 29-year-old also stated that this match will be remembered for Rinku’s batting performance in the last over.
“Rinku did something like this last year, although we didn’t win that match. When the second six was struck, we started believing more because Yash Dayal wasn’t executing that well. Credit goes to Rinku Singh. The two points we have from this game are thanks to him.”
“This match will be remembered for the Lord Rinku show. Everyone (would have) ruled us out for the last two overs but to comeback from there and win is something that I know will not happen everyday. We are going to cherish this game for a very long time,”
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