Rinku Singh, who won hearts in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) fans by smashing 5 sixes in 5 balls, is yet to make an appearance for India. Rinku was expected to make the Indian T20 team after a great innings in IPL 2023. However, he did not receive an opportunity against the West Indies.
He has appeared in 31 IPL matches throughout his career. During this time, he has scored 725 runs in 29 innings with an average of 36.25 and a strike rate of 142.16. He scored 474 runs in 14 IPL 2023 matches, with an average of 59.25 and a strike rate of 149.53. This season, he also had four half-centuries. The UP-based batter has scored 1,768 runs in 89 T20s at an average of 30.48 and a strike rate of 140.87. This also includes 10 fifties.
Will Rinku Singh get a chance in the Ireland series?
Rinku was not disappointed even when he got the chance. As explained in the Instagram story, he is ready to wait. He visited Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan. However, following the West Indies series, there was uncertainty over Rinku’s prospects of making the Indian selection for the Ireland series.
On August 18, 20, and 23, India will play three Twenty20 matches against Ireland. India intends to send a youthful squad there. Rinku may be offered a chance as a member of the team. Regardless of how awful the West Indies are currently playing, India’s selectors did not want to play against them.
But they want to take that ‘risk’ against a weak Ireland. So Rinku may be given a shot there. The selectors have acknowledged that it is impossible to offer everyone an equal opportunity in a series. As a result, they want to offer everyone a chance.
A board source told a website, “Apart from Rinku, those who have played well in the IPL will be taken to Ireland. The selectors don’t want to give everyone a chance at once. Seven players from the ODI squad against the West Indies are not in the T20I squad. These cricketers are very important in Asia Cup and World Cup. So they are rested. And that’s why the youngsters will get a chance in the upcoming series against weaker teams.”
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— Samreen Azmat (@samreen_azmat) July 12, 2023
Less into their personal life more professional around field please
— OGGYANDFRNDS (@oggyandfrnds) July 12, 2023
ek waqt tha jab john ko fark b nh pdta tha rinku singh kaun h, ab pal pal kikhabar deta h uski.
— Jaise ko taisa 🤷 (@candidtruth12) July 12, 2023
He played unforgettable innings in the last IPL. He deserves a place in T20 side.
— Kalyan (@kalyan7h) July 12, 2023
Lord rinku 😈
— Ayush Chauhan (@AyushCh96342129) July 12, 2023
Lord Rinku for a Reason…Hare krishna
— Sita Ram (@SACHINP66986272) July 12, 2023
— Vishwajeet (@Vishwajeet_9340) July 12, 2023
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— abdullah. (@TinyyInfinityy) July 12, 2023