Could KKR’s miracle man Rinku Singh, who had a stellar IPL batting mostly at no.6 and scoring 474 runs at a strike rate of 149.53, replicate his finishing form for India?
Kiran More certainly believes so.
What did Kiran More say?
Former Indian wicket-keeper batsman More believes that Rinku Singh could be exactly what team India needs with their recent struggles in T20I and an apparent change of guard in this format as they look for success.
“I have been waiting for his opportunity in the Indian team. And that batting position, of No.5 and 6, he will perform well in that spot and can end up being a brilliant finisher”, Kiran More told JioCinema.
Why does Team India need a finisher?
With the plethora of talent who are all lighting up the IPL, surely India should have got a player who can fulfil the role of a finisher at no.6 after Dhoni retired? Well actually no; and there is an explanation for this.
The man who was set to take over the finisher role in team India after he did it marvelously at MI, was all-rounder Hardik Pandya. However Pandya changed his game and found great success as an anchor for his new franchise Gujarat Titans.
This is why when Rinku Singh went berserk in the death overs batting at no.6 for KKR and pulled off miracles in the 2023 edition, something perhaps only MS Dhoni did consistently, was such a breath of fresh air for Indian fans and selectors.
Rinku Singh and how he fits the bill
With Hardik Pandya looking set to bat at no.5 in this format for team India in the near future, the no.6 spot seems to be up for grabs. It is the position where Rinku Singh made his name and made those miracles happen for KKR throughout the 2023 IPL.
As the man himself, MS Dhoni, has shown over the years, the finisher role is as much about nerves as it is about the skills, and Rinku’s nerves seem to be made of steel.
He possesses the power-hitting skills necessary for a finisher and has Ice in his veins. If he can replicate his IPL exploits, he should fit the role like a glove.
When will fans get to see Rinku Singh bat for India?
Indian bowlers, led by the returning Jasprit Bumrah restricted Ireland to 139/7. With rain interruptions, Rinku Singh didn’t get to bat in his India debut.
Such is the life of a finisher, your calling will come in dire situations and you will have to deliver under extreme pressure. This has actually been the story of Rinku’s life.
However, the difference is that this time, everybody wants the Rinku Singh story to be a success.