Game-changer Rinku Singh reflects on watershed IPL season

Rinku Singh was among the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal campaign for Kolkata Knight Riders. The lower-middle order batter amassed 474 runs at an average of a tick under 60 and strike-rate of 150. He rescued his franchise from difficult situations time and again during the ongoing edition, most famously in the game against Gujarat Titans where he pulled off an improbable win by hitting medium-pacer Yash Dayal for five sixes in a row.

”It requires a lot of hard work,” Rinku said of his finishing prowess. ”I play according to the demands of the game and the match situation. I play the way I think.”

By the time Kolkata Knight Riders started clicking in unison in the home stretch of the league stage, they were standing right next to the exit. They found a good opening pair in Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Jason Roy, albeit a little too late. Their most successful spinner in IPL history, Sunil Narine, had an unflattering season. Pace bowling continued to be a thorn in the flesh and if it wasn’t for a couple of extraordinary individual performances from their domestic talent, KKR could’ve well finished a rung or two below.

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