KKR batsman Rinku Singh scripted one of the most famous wins in IPL history by smashing 5 consecutive sixes in the last over to Gujarat Titans’ Yash Dayal in their match on Sunday at the Narendra Modi stadium.
First, with 39 runs needed off the last 8 balls, Rinku Singh smoked Josh Little for a six and a four. Umesh Yadav took a single on the first ball of the 20th over, and then with 28 needed off 5 balls, the left-hander clattered Dayal for 5 sixes in a row to seal a memorable run-chase and give one of the most epic finishes to a cricket match, eking out extreme emotions from everywhere.
Rinku Singh reveals he played with Nitish Rana’s bat vs GT
Later in the night, when Rinku was speaking with skipper Nitish Rana for a video for the IPL website, it was revealed that Rana had gifted the bat to KKR’s Star Batter
A delighted Nitish Rana was heard saying that he’d love to gift something more to Rinku .
“Agar mera aaj kuch bhi hota, maine bat aapko de hi diya hai apna jisse aap ne paanch chakke maare agar mere pass kuch aur bhi cheej hoti toh aaj mai aapko dene ko taiyyar tha koi aisi cheez jo aap maangna chahte ho mere se (I gave you my bat and you hit those five sixes from it, if you want anything else from me, feel free to ask),” said Rana.
Smilingly, Rinku replied: “Nahi nahi bhaiya aapka pyar hai, aapka pyar his chahiye aur kuch nahi chahiye (I only want your love and nothing else).”
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After Rinku hit the match-winning six, Nitish Rana was the first one from the KKR camp to come out running and celebrated with Rinku Singh.
Here is the heartfelt chat between Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh:
𝗗𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗘𝘅𝗰𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲, 𝗖𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀: All captured in a moment to savour 🙌
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Speaking of his mind-boggling innings of 48*(21) and his mindset during the last over, Rinku Singh said: “To be honest I was not thinking much. Just reacting to every ball,” Rinku said at the post-match presentation. “I never thought I would hit five sixes. I just kept hitting. I had the belief. And we won the match.”
“I had the inner belief that I can do it because I had also played [a similar] innings last year against Lucknow [Super Giants]. There also I had such a belief and today, too, I showed that belief. Rana bhai told me: “belief rakhiyo, aakhri tak kheliyo (keep the belief, stay till the end),” he said.