In a nail-biting T20 International opener, India secured a sensational 209-run victory against Australia in Vizag, fueled by an explosive half-century from Suryakumar Yadav and a crucial cameo by Rinku Singh.
As the tension reached its peak, the match culminated in a dramatic last over. Needing two runs from two balls, Rinku Singh, with remarkable composure, executed a leg-side blow on a back-of-the-length delivery, bringing India within striking distance. However, a run-out and a brave attempt for a second run by Arshdeep Singh left India eight runs adrift with one ball left. In a stunning turn of events, Rinku Singh sealed the victory with a six off the last ball, only to discover it was a no-ball, securing India’s win with the additional run.
Reflecting on the match, Rinku Singh commented, “It was good that we won the match,” expressing gratitude for the team’s triumph.
Abhishek Nayar, Assistant Coach of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and part of the commentary panel, shared insights into Rinku Singh’s journey. Rinku Singh, acknowledging the challenges he faced in the early days with KKR, credited the team’s unwavering support. He emphasized the crucial role played by KKR and his hard work alongside Abhishek Nayar.
In a light-hearted moment, Anant Tyagi humorously warned Rinku Singh about scouts from Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and Gujarat Titans (GT) in the panel. Ashish Nehra, head coach of GT, lauded Rinku Singh’s arrival on the big stage, expressing his desire for KKR to retain him in the upcoming IPL auction.