“He tells me calm, calm and finish the game”

Rinku scored an unbeaten 42 from just 23 balls as KKR beat RR by seven wickets.

Shreyas Iyer and Rinku Singh. (Picture source: Twitter/KKR)

After warming up the benches in the first half of IPL 2022, Rinku Singh had the chance and the southpaw is making the most of his chances. On Monday, May 2, the southpaw played a stellar game against Rajasthan Royals as the Kolkata Knight Riders’ five-game losing streak came to an end. Rinku scored an unbeaten 42 from just 23 balls as KKR won the contest by seven wickets and the 24-year-old was named player of the match.

Needless to mention that KKR players were delighted with the result as they had a great time after the game. In a video shared on the franchise’s official Twitter page, KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer can be seen having a hilarious conversation with Rinku. He was apparently “training” the southpaw for his post-match speeches going forward. While the left-handed batter was unenthusiastic, Shreyas insisted that he respond in English.

Nitish Rana told me to be calm and finish the game: Rinku Singh

Rinku even tried to escape but Shreyas wouldn’t let him. When asked about his mindset and approach, an animated Rinku said, “I’ll strike with Nitish Rana (laughs). He tells me calm, calm and end the game. The clip of the same went viral in no time as fans were thoroughly entertained by the KKR duo’s antics.

It should be noted that Rana was also instrumental in taking KKR down the line. After the two KKR openers perished cheaply, the vessel was stabilized by Skipper Shreyas and Rana before the former was fired for 34. However, Rana continued the good work with Rinku and the pair took the Knight Riders on the line. Notably, the senior pro took the backseat and acted as the anchor while Rinku received the license to crush strong.

The duo paced their respective innings to perfection as the two-time champions chased 153 with five balls to spare. Meanwhile, KKR now has four wins in 10 games and they need to win all of their remaining four games to stay alive in the playoff hunt.

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