Quite a jaded journey it has been for Aligarh’s new sensation Rinku Singh – from living in a small two-room house to bagging a hefty IPL contract worth 80 lakhs after being purchased by the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Being the third of five children, Rinku has been living in the shades of poverty throughout his life. His father Khanchandra works as a delivery man at the company, delivering LPG cylinders door-to-door. His brother drives an auto rickshaw, while another brother works at a coaching centre. As Rinku couldn’t balance studies with cricket, he left his school after class 9 to carve out a career in the sport.
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“My family is a bit big and I had no option other than to focus hard on cricket. Life mein struggle bahut kiya, may be God is repaying for those days,” he says. The southpaw earned a spot in the UP U-19 team through which he would save his daily allowances to look after his family later.
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During an interview, Rinku reiterated that he once asked his brother for a job only before knowing that the job could also mean sweeping floors. He then requested his mother to let him try his luck in cricket instead. Rinku’s family started believing in his talent when he won a motorbike after being adjudged the Man of the Series in a tournament in Delhi.
In 9 First Class games so far, the left-hander has managed to score 692 runs at a decent average of 49.42, including a hundred and 5 half centuries. His average in 13 List A matches climbs further, wherein he has scored a staggering 496 runs at 55.11. Interestingly, the Kings XI Punjab drafted him in the squad last year but benched him in the season thereafter. Tables turned around when he was later called by the Mumbai Indians for trials where he smashed a riveting 31-ball 91 runs.
The Kolkata Knight Riders finally picked the 20-year-old after an intense bidding war with Kings XI Punjab. Rinku never expected a princely sum of 80 Lacs for his worth. In an interview with The Indian Express, he said, “Mere khaandan mein itna paisa kisi ne bhi nahi dekha hai. Socha tha 20 lakh mein jaoonga, but I was picked up for 80!”