Amidst India’s selection of several young talents for the South Africa tour, Ashish Nehra highlighted Rinku Singh’s versatility, highlighting his impressive Ranji Trophy average of 50.

The Indian team management is setting its sights on the future by granting opportunities to young and fringe players across formats, aiming to discover successors for the senior stars. Rinku Singh, notably renowned for his finishing prowess in T20s, showcased a different facet of his game by anchoring India’s innings in the 4th T20I against Australia, contributing a crucial 46 runs off 29 balls. His noteworthy performance secured him a spot in both the T20I and ODI squads for the upcoming South Africa tour.

When talking on Jio Cinema, Ashish Nehra, the former Indian fast bowler, highlighted Rinku’s lesser-known aspect, citing his remarkable first-class average of 57.82, emphasizing his adaptability and ability to excel in longer formats.

“People know Rinku Singh because of T20 but don’t forget he averages around 50 in Ranji Trophy too. He’s been called up to for the one-day squad too. Selectors must’ve seen something. He came in to bat early today. We have seen him bat in the death overs a lot of times but the way he played today deserves appreciation. He batted the way team needed him. At one point, it looked they could make 190 but if India would’ve lost Rinku at that stage, scoring 160 would have become a challenge too,” Nehra said.

“It’s a big plus for India that they have selected him in 50-over format and today, he got a chance to bat early and he showed that (he can bat long),” he added.

During India’s upcoming South Africa tour comprising three T20Is and ODIs, Rinku is eyeing his debut in the one-day matches.

Last Updated on December 3, 2023

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