Rinku Singh Reflects on T20 World Cup Exclusion and Batting Woes

Indian cricketer Rinku Singh opens up about his exclusion from the T20 World Cup squad and struggles with batting in IPL 2024. He emphasizes staying mentally strong and calm, focusing on the present to overcome his tough phase.

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Rinku Singh Reflects on T20 World Cup Exclusion and Batting Woes

Rinku Singh Reflects on T20 World Cup Exclusion and Batting Woes

Indian cricketer Rinku Singh has opened up about his recent exclusion from the 15-member squad for the T20 World Cup and his struggles with batting in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season. In an interview ahead of Kolkata Knight Riders' match against Mumbai Indians on May 11, 2024, Rinku emphasized the importance of staying mentally strong and calm in tough situations.

Rinku was one of the notable omissions from the T20 World Cup squad announced by the BCCI, despite his impressive T20I record of 356 runs in 11 innings at an average of 89 and a strike rate of 176.23. BCCI chief selector Ajit Agarkar revealed that it was one of the toughest decisions the selectors had to make, and that it was not Rinku's fault that he missed out.

Addressing his batting struggles in IPL 2024, Rinku admitted, "Itni batting aayi nahi aur sir agar batting aayi bhi toh utna accha kar nahi paya main team k liye (Not much batting came, and even when it came, I couldn't do well for the team)." He has scored only 168 runs in 12 innings at an average of 18.67 and a strike rate of 148.67 this season, a significant drop from his performance in IPL 2023 where he was KKR's highest run-scorer with 474 runs.

Rinku shared his approach to overcoming the tough phase, saying, "Thode up and down chal raha hai abhi. Main apnea ap ko mentally strong rakhta hoon aur calm rakhta hoon (It's little up and down at the moment. I try to keep myself mentally strong and calm)." He also emphasized his focus on the present, stating, "Mai aage ka jyada sochta nahi hoon aur present mein jeeta hoon (I don't think much about the future and try to be in the present)."

Despite Rinku's struggles, KKR has qualified for the IPL 2024 playoffs with nine wins in 12 games at a net run rate of +1.428. Rinku praised KKR captain Gautam Gambhir's decision to open with Sunil Narine, which has been instrumental in the team's strong starts this season.

Rinku Singh will be back in action when Kolkata Knight Riders face Gujarat Titans on May 13, 2024, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. With his focus on staying mentally strong and living in the present, the talented left-hander will look to regain his batting form and contribute to KKR's playoff campaign in IPL 2024.

Key Takeaways

  • Rinku Singh opens up about his T20 World Cup squad exclusion and IPL batting struggles.
  • Rinku averages 89 in T20Is, but has scored only 168 runs in 12 IPL innings this season.
  • He emphasizes staying mentally strong and calm to overcome tough phases.
  • Rinku focuses on the present, not worrying about the future or past performances.
  • KKR has qualified for IPL 2024 playoffs, with Rinku seeking to regain form in the playoffs.