In the scorching cauldron of the Indian Premier League (IPL), where stars shine and dreams are made, there emerged a rising star who captured the hearts of cricket enthusiasts across the nation. Meet Rinku Singh, the unassuming left-hander whose meteoric rise from obscurity to international recognition has been nothing short of a fairy tale.
It was in the IPL 2023 that Rinku Singh announced his arrival in style, donning the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) jersey with pride. But his journey to that moment was not without its trials and tribulations. For the first three seasons, he struggled to make an impact, barely managing 77 runs. The 2021 season saw him warming the bench without getting a chance to showcase his skills. Despite a couple of cameos in IPL 2022, victory remained elusive.
Rinku Singh speaks up on his maiden India call-up
But fate had something extraordinary in store for the young cricketer from Aligarh. As the IPL 2023 unfolded, Rinku’s bat roared with passion, crafting a defining moment in his career. In a breathtaking display of power-hitting, he smashed five sixes in a single over, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. From that moment on, Rinku’s journey to stardom took an unstoppable trajectory.
As he earned his call-up to represent India in the 2023 Asian Games and the three-match T20I series against Ireland, Rinku was left spellbound by the realization of his dreams. With humility and excitement, he expressed, “Sapne jaisa hi hai (This is like a dream). I don’t want to wake up anytime soon.” The emotions overflowed as he reminisced about his humble beginnings and the hardships that shaped his character.
The path to success was paved with dedication and perseverance. Rinku Singh spent six years with KKR, and despite initial setbacks, he continued to toil tirelessly at the nets under the guidance of Abhishek Nayar sir. The KKR team management’s belief in him, even during lean times, played a pivotal role in his transformation from a mere cameo player to an all-round batsman. Rinku’s unwavering commitment paid off as he amassed 474 runs in IPL 2023, showcasing his talent and potential on the grand stage.
Rinku’s journey from rags to riches
The journey from Aligarh to Indian cricket via IPL wasn’t without turbulence, but Rinku remained composed amidst the storm. His past, rather than haunting him, served as a source of strength and inspiration. “I have no shame in telling people that I used to do menial jobs to make ends meet. What’s wrong with it? My past gives me the courage to face failures and difficulties,” he says with pride.
Despite not making the T20I squad for the West Indies tour, Rinku’s spirit remained unshaken. He believes that there is no room for dejection in the face of setbacks. Instead, he focuses on the present, taking each day as it comes, just like he does while batting on the field. His superstition of not overthinking proved to be a catalyst in his remarkable display of hitting five sixes in an over. For Rinku, it was a divine moment, guided by a higher force. He acknowledges, “It was all God’s plan, nothing else.”
The young cricketer’s message to aspiring talents resonates deeply: “Sapne sach hote hai (Dreams do come true). But for that, one should never give up. There is no shortcut in life and cricket. If you love cricket, keep on hustling. The reward will come.”