KKR Coach Brendon McCullum
KKR Coach Brendon McCullum. (Photo: IPL)

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) head coach Brendon McCullum, after his team’s win over Rajasthan Royals (RR), hailed the duo of good friends – Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh – for their fantastic performance in the match.

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Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Sanju Samson and co. by 7 wickets on Monday in the 47th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to end their 5-match losing streak.

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Rinku Singh
Rinku Singh (Image: Twitter)

Notably, Rinku Singh scored 42 runs off 23 balls, including 6 fours and 1 six, to bag the Player of the Match award and Nitish Rana scored 48 runs off 37 balls, including 3 fours and 2 sixes. The duo remained unbeaten till the end and helped KKR finally clinch a victory.

Meanwhile, McCullum said that Rana being out there will Rinku helped the latter a lot and gave him a lot of confidence.

It was a fantastic performance, from two guys who are very good friends,” McCullum told Star Sports.

“He (Rinku) has been in the franchise for a long period of time. Lucky enough to spend some time with him. He needed to make a statement and he made it in the first game itself. Rana was out in the middle and that gave him (Rinku) a lot of confidence in his company,” McCullum said.

Anukul Roy is also similar to Rinku – Brendon McCullum

Anukul Roy
Anukul Roy (Image Credit: Twitter)

Kolkata Knight Riders head coach also said that the selection process is an important one for him because a few players have lost their form and few have sustained injuries.

He further lauded all-rounder Anukul Roy, who replaced Venkatesh Iyer in the KKR playing XI in the match against RR, and said that he is very similar to Rinku and has a bright future ahead.

Selection role is really important for me. A couple of guys have lost their form and confidence, there have been a few injuries, so we had to force a couple of changes. We wanted five bowlers and with the pitch on the slower side, Anukul came in. We wanted Mavi in the team.

KKR coach Brendon McCullum. Photo- ICC
. Photo- ICC

“Anukul was brilliant, he has been around in the IPL for a long time. He is also similar to Rinku, who carries himself well and has a good future ahead of him,” he said.

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