Rinku Singh
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Rinku Singh has opened up on the contribution of former India batter Suresh Raina in his career so far. The left-handed batsman’s meteoric rise in the game continued earlier this week as he once again impressed one and all with his finishing abilities.

He scored an unbeaten 22 off 14 balls and rarely lost his composure during the tough chase before taking Team India home. When 1 run was needed off the final ball, he smashed Sean Abbott for a huge six. Unfortunately, the six did not count as the bowler had bowled a no-ball. Rinku Singh, who starred with the bat in this year’s IPL, is seen by many as the next big thing in Indian cricket.

And as he continues to make huge strides in the game, he has revealed the contribution of Suresh Raina in his career. In a recent interview with the Times of India, the Uttar Pradesh star called himself a huge fan of the former India batter before saying that he tries to copy him.

“I am a huge fan of Suresh Raina bhaiya. I follow him and try to copy him. He has played a big role in my life and career,” said Rinku Singh.

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Rinku Singh on Suresh Raina’s contribution:

Speaking further, Rinku Singh revealed how Raina helped him with the cricket equipment when he needed them early in his career. He further stated that he still calls the World Cup winner and said that the former cricketer has helped him deal with the pressure.

“He helped me with the bat, pads, and everything I needed while playing cricket. He has sent almost everything without asking or saying anything. He is everything to me. Whenever I am in doubt, I call Raina bhaiya. He is more than a big brother to me,” said Rinku Singh.

“He has taught me how to handle pressure. He says Time le, 4-5 ball le, settle ho, fir apne haath khol (Take 4-5 balls to settle down and then shift to top gear). Those tips and learnings helped me a lot during IPL and now for India too,” he added.

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