Brendon McCullum, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) head coach lauded young Rinku Singh after their win over the Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Monday. The batter’s masterclass steered the two-time champions to a much-needed win in IPL 2022.
Chasing 153 runs, Kolkata lost their openers Aaron Finch and Baba Indrajith early. However, skipper Shreyas Iyer and Nitish Rana set up the chase beautifully with a 60-run stand for the third wicket. Although Shreyas Iyer was out after a 32-ball 34-run knock, Nitish Rana ensured he batted till the end and took the game home.
Brendon McCullum: Rinku Singh Needed To Make A Statement And Nitish Rana Game Him A Lot Of Confidence
Rinku Singh also scored useful runs, chipping in with an unbeaten 42 off 23 balls to seal the tie with five balls to spare. Brendon McCullum spoke highly of the Aligarh-born cricketer, saying that Rinku Singh has made a statement just when it was needed the most.
Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Brendon McCullum said: “He (Rinku) has been in the franchise for a long period of time. Lucky enough to spend some time with him. He needed to make a statement and he made it in the first game itself. Rana was out in the middle and that gave him (Rinku) a lot of confidence in his company.”
The 24-year-old batter has made significant contributions with the bat ever since he was included in the playing XI. The southpaw scored 35 runs against Gujarat Titans before chipping in with 23 and an unbeaten 42 against Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals respectively.
Brendon McCullum Praised Performances From Nitish Rana And Rinku Singh
The two-time IPL champions had a great start to the campaign but lost the plot in the last few games, suffering five defeats on the trot. But KKR pulled one back against the Royals on Monday. Brendon McCullum was satisfied with how the team performed and lauded the players for stepping up to the task.
Brendon McCullum concluded: “Really pleased obviously (with the win). (Losing) Five games on the bounce, it’s not easy. I need to compliment all the guys for the way they played tonight. The guys have stuck together and been realistic. Tonight was a fantastic performance, from two guys who are very good friends (Rana and Rinku).”
Rinku Singh, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batter said that he had an intuition about winning the Player of the Match before his team’s contest against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Monday, May 2 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The southpaw, indeed, won the POTM award for his unbeaten 23-ball knock of 42, which was laced with six fours and one six, after the Men in Gold and Purple won by seven wickets with five balls left.
He stayed until the very end and made sure that the Kolkata Knight Riders snapped their five-match losing streak in the cash-rich T20 league. The Young Turk also talked about not losing patience and rather, waiting for the right opportunity to show his prowess with the bat.
After the match Rinku Singh, who had played a pivotal role in KKR’s win, told Nitish Rana, who too made a useful contribution, that got a feeling before the KKR vs RR contest began that would get the Player of the Match award. The left-hander also revealed that he had written his score on his palm before the start of the match.
Nitish Rana also lent him the needed support by scoring an unbeaten 37-ball 48 with three fours and one six. After Rinku Singh came to bat, Nitish Rana took the backseat and allowed his partner to do most of the scoring. Following the comprehensive win, the Knights moved to seventh in the points table.
Rinku Singh had played just 3 matches in IPL 2022 but has already scored exactly 100 runs averaging 50 with a best of unbeaten 42 against Rajasthan. Shreyas Iyer (324 runs) and Nitish Rana (248 runs) are the leading run-getters for KKR this season. KKR will play their next game against the Lucknow Super Giants on Saturday in Pune.