As India kicks off its preparations for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the West Indies and the US, Rinku Singh emerges as a key player, showcasing his ability to hit sixes with ease and play the role of a finisher. With India recently sealing a 4-1 series victory against Australia, Singh’s prowess with the bat has become increasingly evident, making him a likely candidate for the T20 World Cup squad.
Having participated in five IPL seasons since 2018 (excluding 2021 due to a knee injury), Singh has substantiated his reputation as a six-hitting specialist. His IPL record boasts 38 sixes and 54 fours, constituting an impressive 61.24 percent of his runs. Transitioning seamlessly to the international stage, Singh’s six T20 international innings for India have yielded scores of 38, 37 not out, 22 not out, 31 not out, 46, and 6, accumulating a total of 180 runs at an average of 60.00. The left-handed batsman boasts a strike rate of 187.50, with 17 fours and 11 sixes contributing to an impressive 74.44 percent of his total runs in international cricket.
Singh’s unforgettable feat of hitting five consecutive sixes to secure a league match victory against Gujarat Titans in this year’s IPL has further solidified his reputation as a powerful and dynamic batsman.
Despite his successful outings, Singh faces the challenge of mastering the art of building an innings, particularly when the team is under pressure. The 26-year-old from Uttar Pradesh, who made his T20 international debut earlier this year after an outstanding performance for the Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2023, showcased his ability to boost the team’s total with aggressive boundary hitting.
However, Singh’s true test came in the fifth and final T20I against Australia in Bengaluru, where he walked in at the fall of Suryakumar Yadav’s wicket with the team at 46. Tasked with proving himself as a versatile batsman capable of rescuing the team from challenging situations, Singh faced the opportunity to demonstrate his skills beyond being a one-dimensional, six-hitting powerhouse.
As the spotlight shines on Rinku Singh, the upcoming South Africa tour provides a platform for him to further refine his game and contribute significantly to India’s T20 World Cup aspirations.
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