Rinku Singh of Uttar Pradesh, the left handed batsman, who plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, replacing Sheldon Jackson in today’s match against Gujarat Titans in 35th match of IPL 2022, had once been suspended for three months by the BCCI for participating in a “unauthorised” T20 tournament in Abu Dhabi in 2019.
Rinku did not get permission from the BCCI before participating in the T20 league, which was a direct violation of BCCI rules.
Rinku only scored 37 runs in five games for KKR in IPL 2019, as the Dinesh Karthik-led team failed to make the playoffs. In the 12th edition, the UP batsman failed to take advantage of the opportunities that came his way. He’s played 19 First Class matches so far, averaging 71.52 and scoring 1645 runs.
Rinku had a knee injury which made him miss the first phase of the IPL 2021. Gurkeerat Singh, an all-rounder, took his position in the squad.
Rinku, who rose to prominence as a white-ball dasher, had a breakthrough season in the Ranji Trophy in 2019, scoring 953 runs at an average of 105.88 in ten games, including four century and three fifties.
Hardik Pandya, the captain of the Gujarat Titans, won the toss and chose to bat against the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League on Saturday. Gujarat Titans captain Pandya has returned after missing the last game. Vijay Shankar, the all-rounder, was replaced by him. Aaron Finch, Pat Cummins, and Sheldon Jackson were replaced by Tim Southee, Sam Billings, and Rinku Singh for KKR.