Former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri applauded Rinku Singh, calling him a “pocket rocket” after his 15-ball 40 almost assisted the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) pursue down 211 against the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the IPL 2022 match on Wednesday.
Chasing the immense total, Kolkata appeared to be out of the challenge at 150 for six in the seventeenth over as Andre Russell was excused for five. Be that as it may, Rinku pounded two fours and four sixes to carry KKR extremely close to triumph. In a deplorability for the left-hander and the establishment, Kolkata lost by two runs and were wiped out from IPL 2022.
Rinku Singh Is A Free-Spirited Cricketer: Ravi Shastri
Showering acclaim on 24-year-old Rinku for his battling exertion with the willow, Shastri told ESPNcricinfo:
“Rinku Singh is a pocket rocket. How well he batted. He is a free-spirited cricketer. The way he fields and takes catches, he really enjoys himself and gives it everything. In the batting, we saw that he may be small in frame but hits the ball really hard.
Really enjoyed his batting. After Russell got out, it seemed KKR’s hopes were over, but Rinku’s 40 off 15 balls brought them back in the game out of nowhere.”
With Kolkata requiring three of the last two balls, Rinku tumbled to a brilliant one-handed take by Evin Lewis off Marcus Stoinis’ bowling. Umesh Yadav was bowled next ball as KKR missed the chase by a really close margin.
KKR Showed A Lot Of Character: Ravi Shastri
In spite of the defeat, Shastri gave credit to Kolkata for showing character in the enormous pursuit after losing their openers early. He said:
“KKR showed a lot of character after being 9 for 2 in a chase of 211. Shreyas Iyer started the fightback by attacking and featured in a good partnership with Nitish Rana. That stand gave them some momentum. They showed good character to cross 200. That was a positive for Kolkata.”
LSG pacer Mohsin Khan excused Venkatesh Iyer for 0 and Abhijeet Tomar for four. Shreyas (50 off 29) and Rana (42 off 22) gave Kolkata’s innings a little strength before Rinku and Sunil Narine (21* off seven) nearly pulled off an extraordinary win.
The deplorable two-run defeat implied that Kolkata finished their IPL 2022 mission with 12 points (six wins, eight defeats). They turned into the third side to be disposed of after the Mumbai Indians (MI) and the Chennai Super Kings (CSK).