In a heartwarming revelation, veteran Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik shared the inspiring story behind Rinku Singh’s outstanding performance against Australia in the first T20I, emphasizing the crucial role played by Kolkata Knight Riders assistant coach Abhishek Nayar in shaping the young star’s career.
Rinku Singh’s nerve-wracking last-over heroics in the first T20I secured India a thrilling two-wicket victory over Australia. Recalling the significant bond between Nayar and Singh, Karthik explained that their partnership began in 2018 during their time at Kolkata Knight Riders. Abhishek Nayar, recognizing Rinku’s potential, played a pivotal role in fostering a mindset shift and refining his death-hitting skills.
“The relationship between ABHISHEK NAYAR and RINKU SINGH. It was a partnership that started in 2018 during my time at KKR. Nayar always saw the potential in Rinku, he kept telling me, it was only a matter of time before he did something really special,” Karthik shared.
Even during a phase of injury, Abhishek Nayar advocated for Rinku Singh to be retained in the Kolkata Knight Riders team, persuading CEO Venky Mysore. This allowed Rinku to travel with the team and stay with Nayar, facilitating rehabilitation and dedicated work on his batting skills.
“Even during the time he had an ACL injury, Nayar convinced @VenkyMysore sir who gracefully accepted Rinku to be part of the team and made him travel and stay with KKR. He stayed in Nayar’s house post IPL for many months for Rehab and started working on his batting and had a stellar domestic season and then eventually did what Nayar and KKR always thought he could do, a MATCH WINNING FINISHER,” Karthik added.
Expressing his admiration for Abhishek Nayar’s growth as a coach and joy for Rinku Singh’s success, Karthik applauded both Nayar and Singh, looking forward to witnessing more success stories unfold.
“And today when I see this photo, I just feel like NAYAR as a coach has grown in stature and can share the happiness he feels for Rinku along with the rest of the world. Must be a surreal feeling seeing one of your students do well on a world stage and also be lucky enough to watch it live as a broadcaster and call the moment. Well done @abhisheknayar1 and @rinkusingh235. To many more such stories,” Karthik concluded.
This is one of the most fulfilling and heart warming pictures going around
The relationship between ABHISHEK NAYAR n RINKU SINGH
it was a partnership that started in 2018 during my time in KKR. Nayar always saw the potential in Rinku , he kept telling me, it was only a matter… pic.twitter.com/ia8nTJBElW
— DK (@DineshKarthik) November 24, 2023