Mohammad Kaif: It demonstrates how confident Rinku Singh is when he asks a finisher to rotate striking in the fifth ball. To give KKR the victory, Rinku smashed a boundary off the game’s penultimate ball.
Kaif, a former cricketer for India, praised Rinku Singh of the Kolkata Knight Riders. For showing his mettle in the final ball of the match against the Punjab Kings. On Monday, May 8, at the renowned Eden Gardens in Kolkata. KKR secured two significant points with the help of a boundary by Rinku. In the penultimate ball of a thrilling match.
For those who are unaware, the duo of Andre Russell and Rinku needed six runs off the last over. Against left-arm bowler Arshdeep Singh. Russell was unable to time a full, wide-ish yorker bowled by Arshdeep. In the last delivery after scoring four runs off the first four deliveries.
Rinku, however, was the one who shown foresight by advising Russell to quickly grab a bye in order to play the game’s last ball. The young southpaw smashed a boundary off the last ball to win the match after Russell was run out. As a result, Rinku astonished veteran cricketer Kaif by displaying resolve in the last over and requesting Russell to rotate the strike at a pivotal moment in the game.
“Credit to Rinku for asking a player like Russell to rotate strike on the fifth ball of the delivery. An uncapped Indian player like Rinku Singh asking a finisher like Russell to come to the non-striker’s end shows the confidence this player has in his game. This, for me, is a story of IPL,”Kaif told.
Harbhajan Singh: Russell regaining his form is big news for them
The team’s captain, Nitish Rana, contributed significantly to the 180-run performance by hitting 51 off 38 balls, including six fours and one six. Russell stunned everyone by smashing 42 runs off 23 balls against Punjab, including three sixes and the same amount of fours, despite seeming out of form. Harbhajan said that KKR would be happy if Russell were to find his form towards the end of the season in the same episode.
“The win against PBKS will give a lot of confidence to KKR. Their star players, Andre Russell and Rinku Singh finished the game for them. Russell regaining his form is big news for them,”said Harbhajan.