Rinku Singh has been a reliable performer for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) throughout the IPL season. With an impressive batting average of 50.87, Rinku has played a key role, scoring 407 runs in 13 matches for KKR.
The fate of KKR’s playoff hopes in the current IPL season will be determined after today’s match against Lucknow Supergiants. To keep their playoff dreams alive, KKR needs to secure a substantial victory in this crucial match. Harbhajan Singh believes that Rinku Singh’s batting will play a pivotal role, considering him as the X factor for KKR, even more so than Andre Russell.
Harbhajan shares his thoughts, stating, “Currently, Rinku is KKR’s X factor.” He believes Rinku’s batting in the current IPL has garnered praise from opponents. Harbhajan emphasizes the importance of Rinku’s contributions and suggests that KKR would benefit from relying on him more. Recognizing Rinku’s exceptional abilities and adaptability to different match situations, Harbhajan envisions a future where Rinku could represent the Indian cricket team.
The KKR vs. LSG match is considered a do-or-die situation for KKR’s playoff aspirations. Winning this match is crucial to stay in the race. However, even with a victory, the path to the playoffs may seem challenging for KKR. Currently positioned at number seven in the points table, KKR has accumulated 12 points in 13 matches. The concern lies in the net run rate, which puts KKR at a disadvantage.
Among the 10 teams in the IPL, only the Gujarat Titans have secured a playoff spot with 18 points in 13 matches, led by Hardik Pandya’s exceptional performances. None of the other teams can reach 18 points, ensuring Gujarat Titans’ top position. Chennai Super Kings hold the second spot with 15 points in 13 matches, making them out of KKR’s reach. The outcome of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s last match against Delhi Capitals does not impact KKR’s fortunes.
Lucknow Super Giants currently hold the third position with 15 points in 13 matches. Judging by the points, it seems difficult for KKR to surpass them. However, KKR can still remain in the playoff race if they defeat Lucknow in the upcoming match, as Krunal Pandya’s team would need to secure victory for KKR to have a chance.
The playoff race intensifies, and KKR faces a crucial challenge to keep their hopes alive.