Rinku Singh Story: In the IPL auction, Kolkata Knight Riders selected Rinku Singh, an all-rounder from Uttar Pradesh, for Rs 80 lakh.
Rinku Singh Struggling Days
Within days of the IPL auction, a small two-room quarters within the premises of an LPG distribution company’s storage site near Aligarh stadium became the talk of the town. Rinku Singh story, an all-rounder from Uttar Pradesh selected by Shah Rukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Riders, lives here.
Rinku’s 42 (23 balls, 64, 26) was essential in KKR’s key win over Rajasthan Royals on Monday. KKR just 19.1 minutes to reach the 153-point mark. Rinku stayed unbeaten, and Nitish Rana 48 (37 balls, 34, 26) was his partner.
Rinku’s father, Khanchandra, delivers LPG cylinders to households, and one of Rinku’s brothers runs an autorickshaw and works at a tutoring center. It’s the stuff of IPL fantasies — a rags-to-riches tale that we hear about every now and then. He was purchased by KKR for Rs 80 lakhs following a heated bidding war with Mumbai Indians, who were also interested in the 20-year-old all-rounder.
Rinku Singh Life Changed after the IPL Auction
Rinku, the third of five siblings, has been through a lot. His family was in a debt of Rs five lakhs three years ago, and they were fighting to pay it off. It was beyond of reach for the family’s income earners, and Rinku wasn’t particularly bright academically – “ninth fail,” he adds. He realized cricket was his only hope.
He put aside his little daily stipend as a member of the UP Under-19 squad, as well as other cricket representation money. It was all used to pay off debts. Rinku was considered for the India U19 team two years ago, but he didn’t make the cut for the ICC U19 World Cup.
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“Father and older brother used to make around Rs 6-7 thousand every month.” My family is quite large, so I had no choice but to concentrate on cricket. “Life mein struggle bahut kiya,” he says. “Perhaps God is rewarding me for those days.”
When Rinku won a motorcycle after winning the man-of-the-series title at a competition in Delhi, his family began to believe him. His father’s cylinders were quickly delivered across Aligarh on the motorcycle.
It’s not like things changed in an instant after that. He once requested his brother to assist him in finding work. “He led me to a place where they requested me to work as a domestic servant — sweeping and mopping. ‘I will not go again,’ I assured my mother when I returned home. Let me just have a go at cricket.”
Rinku has 692 runs at an average of 49 in nine Ranji Trophy games. He was attracting attention. He was signed by Kings XI Punjab last year, but he ended up warming the bench. Then, when the Mumbai Indians called him for a selection trial, he smashed 31-ball 91-run innings.