On Saturday, May 21, Kolkata Knight Riders played Lucknow Super Giants and lost by a razor-thin margin. Against Lucknow Super Giants, KKR came up just one run short of their goal of 177.
KKR batter Rinku Singh nearly pulled off yet another incredible heist in the Indian Premier League
When his team was down and out by the halfway point of the game and it appeared that LSG would win easily.
Rinku played one of his best innings of the season in a losing cause, cutting the deficit to just one run with 40 needed from the final two overs.
After the game, former Indian cricketer S Sreesanth praised the left-hander and said that having a player with Rinku’s talent would be fantastic for the country’s team.
“Consider what a cricketer and finisher we have here in India from the standpoint of cricket. Not just for hitting sixes, a guy who builds his innings and waits for his opportunities,” Sreesanth said on Star Sports following the game.”
Rinku has 474 runs scored from 14 matches at an incredible average of 59.25 in his first full season with Kolkata Knight Riders. He has won incredible games for KKR and scored runs at a 150-strike rate.
“Rinku just missed by one run. “Rinku Singh is not just a one-match wonder; he has been consistently performing,” Sreesanth said following the game.”
Twitterati Reactions after the match:
Rinku Singh is playing his first full IPL season, yet to make his India debut but getting the biggest cheer.
The story of IPL 2023. pic.twitter.com/g7ZgeNCIlP
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) May 21, 2023
"Rinku Singh" chahe kuchh bhi ho Jaye life kal ke match jaisa calmness rahe #LSGvKKR #RinkuSingh
— Debashish.K.Biswal (@debiswal) May 21, 2023
Yah See Rinku Singh 5 ball 5 sixes
— Ayush (@AyushAr72713431) May 21, 2023
This guy should be in ICT for limited overs format with immediate effects after IPL 2023.#RinkuSingh pic.twitter.com/2ACztEkzDR
— Shivam Dubey (@ShivamDubey45) May 21, 2023
Rinku singh is on fire🔥😻😹#RinkuSingh #IPL2023 pic.twitter.com/ZpeXfD3BYi
— Raj Gupta✨ (@RajGupt92011448) May 21, 2023
Its only Rinku Singh who has made KKR fight till end otherwise the potential and the aura of KKR was going to finish. But this time it was the last match of KKR in this season but I can say that Rinku has left his footprints. It was nice to watch him while batting.
— Prabhat Chaurasiya (@PRABHAT54902895) May 21, 2023
Next year include Rinku Singh in LSG team . He is from UP . He must invited by up team
— Shyam Kashyap (@shyambca123) May 21, 2023
Ravi Bishnoi on Rinku Singh after #KKRvLSG:
"The way Rinku was batting, we were worried on every ball that he can take the game away from us"
"I have never seen anyone batting like this for some time. It's unbelievable!"
RESPECT! 🌟❤️#IPLPlayOffs #Rinku pic.twitter.com/iaGiZOudvK
— 12th Khiladi (@12th_khiladi) May 21, 2023
#KKRvLSG #LSGvsKKR #RinkuSingh #Rinku #qualifier1
"You have our respect, Rinku Singh" – literally every cricket fan all over the world. pic.twitter.com/euWcAGmshM
— Divyanshu 3am (@divyanshu3am) May 21, 2023
This year belongs to one and only RINKU SINGH💜💛
— MANISH DAS (@KKRMUwithManish) May 21, 2023
I can Predict Full Future XI of India 👀#Rinku#RinkuSingh #IPL2023
— Aditya (@aditya_umekar) May 21, 2023
Ravi Bishnoi, an opponent’s bowler, acknowledged that the team was afraid of the batter during the post-match catch-up interview. Even LSG captain Krunal Pandya praised the batter and said Rinku had accomplished some amazing things this season.
With the defeat, KKR had a record of 7th in the league with 12 points from 14 games.