Mohammad Kaif, a former cricketer for India, praised Rinku Singh of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for showing his mettle in the final ball of the match against the Punjab Kings (PBKS). On Monday, May 8, at the renowned Eden Gardens in Kolkata, KKR secured two significant points with the help of a boundary by Rinku in the penultimate ball of a thrilling match.
For those who are unaware, the duo of Andre Russell and Rinku needed six runs off the final over against left-arm bowler Arshdeep Singh. Russell was unable to time a full, wide-ish yorker bowled by Arshdeep in the penultimate ball after scoring four runs off the first four deliveries.
Rinku, however, was the one who shown foresight by advising Russell to quickly grab a bye in order to play the game’s final ball. The young southpaw smashed a boundary off the final ball to win the match after Russell was run out. As a result, Rinku astonished veteran cricketer Kaif by displaying resolve in the final over and requesting Russell to rotate the strike at a pivotal moment in the game.
It’s commendable that Rinku asked Russell to rotate striking on the fifth ball of the delivery. The confidence this player has in his abilities is evident when an uncapped Indian player like Rinku Singh asks a finisher like Russell to go to the non-striker’s end. This is an IPL story in my opinion, Kaif said on Star Sports.
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Nitish Rana, the team’s captain, played a crucial role in the 180-run effort by scoring 51 off 38 balls, which included six fours and one six. Russell, who appeared to be out of form, surprised everyone by scoring 42 runs off 23 balls, including three sixes and the same number of fours, against Punjab. In the same episode, Harbhajan stated that KKR would be thrilled if Russell were to regain his form by the season’s finish.
“The victory over PBKS will boost KKR’s confidence greatly. Andre Russell and Rinku Singh, two of their finest players, helped them win the game. Their excitement about Russell recovering his form was expressed by Harbhajan on Star Sports.