Tue, 26 Apr 2022

He was a sweeper before making big name in the IPL!!!

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Rinku Singh was hailed for taking a good catch of GT skipper Hardik Pandya.

KKR were 36/4 at one point while chasing 157, but Rinku's 35 runs off 28 balls gave the two-time champions hope. His efforts, however, were in vain, as KKR fell 8 runs short.

Since his debut in 2018, he has appeared in 11 IPL matches. The left-handed batter has spent the last four seasons with KKR on a contract worth INR 80 lakh. The Knight Riders bought him for INR 55 lakh in the IPL 2022 mega auction, impressed by his commitment.

Rinku was born in 1997 in Aligarh to Khanchand Singh, who delivered LPG cylinders in Lucknow.

Growing up with challenges where facilities were not available, his brother got him a sweeper and cleaner’s job for which he was given a motorbike for his exceptional performance in a local tournament in Delhi, which he presented to his father to make his life comfortable.

Initially, Singh was paid INR 10 lakh but he failed to make it to the playing XI with Punjab Kings.

The 24-year-old and his family’s life changed when the Kolkata-based franchise signed him for INR 80 lakh for the next season.

“I thought I would get 20 lakh, but I was picked up for 80! The first thought that came to my mind was that I would contribute to my big brother’s wedding and save up something for my sister’s wedding. I also thought of moving into a good house,” Rinku had told Indian Express

Rinku has scored 2307 runs at an average of 64 in 30 first-class matches, with five hundred and 16 fifties. Rinku has a 50 average in 41 List-A games.

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