Ashish Nehra {PC: X}
Ashish Nehra {PC: X}

Former Indian cricketer Ashish Nehra picked Rinku Singh as the standout performer from the recently concluded five-match T20I series against Australia. He cited that the southpaw played difficult innings under difficult situations.

Rinku Singh was one of the top performers for India in the T20I series against Australia. The batter played tremendous knocks under pressure and was one of the main reasons why Men in Blue sealed the series by the margin of 4-1.

Rinku Singh played four innings in the series and barring the last game, he shined in every game. The southpaw amassed 105 runs in four innings with an average of over 52. He finished innings on high in almost every game.

Rinku Singh’s best came during the Raipur game. He scored 46 off 29 balls and was the top run scorer in that match. The southpaw earned a lot of praise for his heroics in the series.

Ashish Nehra said that picking a youngster who impressed him the most would be tough but with the way Rinku Singh played, the young batter was the standout performer for him.

“Everyone. It’s difficult to choose one, but still Rinku Singh, because of the sort of knocks he has played, especially in the last (fourth) match. Rinku Singh is generally known for achieving the target when the team needs 50-60 runs after the 15th or 16th over,” Ashish Nehra told Jio Cinema.

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There must be some reason for him being selected for the 50-over format – Ashish Nehra on Rinku Singh

Ashish Nehra further highlighted how Rinku Singh played out of his role and despite wickets falling at the other end, he backed himself. He added:

“Here he had to play a different role and he showed that by doing it. You might talk as much as you want about the circumstances being easy, or the pitch being flat, but even that wasn’t the case there.

“Wickets kept falling from the other end but he still held one end up and played strokes when it was required. There must be some reason for him being selected for the 50-over format.”

Rinku Singh has been named in the Indian squad for the T20I and ODI series against South Africa. It is the first time that he has been picked in the 50-over format.

Ankitjit is an author at Cricketaddictor. He has been working with the organization since April 2023 and he has written more than 2000 articles for the website.