IPL Auction 2018: Aligarh rejoices Rinku Singh’s big break with Kolkata Knight Riders
Rinku Singh, a LPG delivery man’s son from Aligarh, was picked by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for Rs. 80 lakh -- four times his base price at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction.Updated: Jan 29, 2018 19:02 IST
Hindustan Times, Aligarh
The family and friends of budding cricketer Rinku Singh celebrated his big break at this year’s Indian Premier League IPL auction in Bengaluru on Sunday.
Unable to express their joy in words, Rinku’s parents -- Khand Chand, an LPG delivery man in Aligarh, and Vina Devi, a housewife -- let their ‘tears of joy’ speak. “May the Almighty give him more successes,” said Chand.
Rinku was picked by Shah Rukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for Rs 80 lakh -- four times his base price of Rs 20 lakh. In the last IPL auction, he was bought at his then base price of Rs 10 lakh by Kings XI Punjab.
While that too was a big moment for him, this time, he and his well wishers are ecstatic.
“With Rinku getting picked for Rs10 lakh last year, the condition of our household had improved. This year, he was expecting to be picked for Rs 40 lakh. However, the auction result was way better than that. Everyone here is overjoyed,” said his sister-in-law, Arti.
The nine-member family lives in a tin-roofed home located within the storage complex of the LPG distribution company where his father works. One of Rinku’s brothers earns a living by riding an autorickshaw, while another works at a coaching institute.
The cricketer, who has struggled through a life of deprivation, said his success would help him realise his dream of organising a grand wedding for his sister Neha, a student of TR College in Aligarh.
“Last year, after being picked in the auction, I started dreaming of organising a glittering wedding for my sister. Now that KKR has taken me for Rs 80 lakh, my dream has strengthened,” said Rinku.
He credited his recent performance for the IPL break.
“On January 2, a Mumbai Indians camp was held, where I made 95 runs in 31 balls. Then, on January 13, I played at the UP Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy tournament in Raipur where I made 37 runs off 31 balls, 33 of f20, 26 of f11 and 34 off 26 in various matches,” he said.
Thanking one of his coaches, Zeeshan, who, he said, has contributed a lot to his career, Rinku said, “When my documents got lost at the time of selections for the UP Under-16 team, Zeeshan bhai had helped me.”
“I also owe my success to coaches Masud-uz-Zafar Amini, Suresh sir and Mansoor Ahmad,” he added.
Lauding his success, regional sports officer Rani Prakash said, “Rinku has achieved a notable place for himself. The sports department is with him. We hope and pray that he will work hard and play with dedication. Soon, he could be in the Indian national team!”
Speaking of that, his coach Masud-uz-Zafar Amini said it was Rinku’s dream to sport the national team’s blue jersey. “We are all elated ever since we heard of his auction on Monday morning,” said Amini.
Meanwhile, sports lovers in city are planning functions to felicitate their local IPL cricketer.
Rinku started playing cricket in 2009. In 2012 , he was selected in the UP Under-16 team and in 2013, he made it to the UP Under-19 team. He has performed well in the Vijay Hazare trophy and has also played in the UP Ranji trophy team.
First Published: Jan 29, 2018 19:02 IST