Rinku Singh speaks in a matter of fact manner, just like his evening job under arc-lights — smoke the bowlers to all parts of the park and dip the crowd in delirium. After making the heads turn in the IPL 2023 with that five-sixes in an over for Kolkata Knight Riders, the 26-year-old Aligarh man is ready to rock in India Blues during the upcoming tour of Ireland and the Asian Games in Hangzhou.
Living in the Present
“I don’t over-think. I like to live in the present. Hope Almighty keeps blessing me. Working hard is in my hands and I will do that and see what happens),” Rinku told PTI when asked about his reaction on entering the Indian team.
A Collective Dream
“Obviously my parents, brothers, my childhood coach (Masood Amini), everyone is happy. It was a collective dream,” said Rinku, who along with his brothers and father Khanchand used to deliver LPG cylinders to various houses and hotels during his teenage years.
Three seasons of IPL and a few more in First-Class cricket have helped him take good care of his family. Now, all of them stay together in a house that the cricketer has built.
A Father’s Love
Rinku’s dad still prefers to work instead of leading a relaxed life. “I told Papa that you can relax now. But he is still hawking cylinders. He still loves that job. If someone has worked all his life, it is difficult to tell him to stop unless he wants,” said Rinku.
A Giving Spirit
Rinku is building a small hostel adjacent to the ground in Aligarh where he grew up learning the game. The hostel will house at least 15 underprivileged boys who will stay there to pursue the game under his coach Amini.
Keeping Feet on the Ground
Rinku knows that life has changed for the better, but he doesn’t want to “hype up” things. He wants to keep things normal and play normal cricket, with his feet firmly rooted to the ground.
Skipper and Mentor
In KKR, his skipper Nitish Rana has been like a big brother to him, and coach Abhishek Nayar, a true-blue mentor.
Playing Within the ‘V’
Rinku prefers playing within the straight arc and believes that his strength lies in that area. His technique is different from other players, and he sticks to what works for him.
The Power of Hard Work
Rinku’s mantra in life is simply “having faith in my hard work.”