Despite a stellar IPL campaign with the Kolkata Knight Riders, Rinku was not included in the squad for the upcoming five-match T20s series against West Indies. He finished as the top run-getter for KKR with 474 runs at an average of 59.25 and 149-plus strike rate.
However, the 25-year-old has made the cut for the Hangzhou Asian Games scheduled from September 23 to October 8.
“When I saw my name I was very emotional, I have been working for this and now I have got it,” Rinku Singh said in a video posted by BCCI.
“Everyone at home wanted me to play for India and when I got selected everyone danced. Everyone was happy. I am excited to play for India, if given a chance I`d like to do well and our team will win and bring home the gold.”
Rinku made headlines after hitting fives sixes in a row against Gujarat Titans in the IPL earlier this year and since then the middle-order batter`s life has changed.
KKR needed 28 off 5 deliveries as Rinku clobbered five successive sixes to seal a memorable win.
“After those five sixes life changed a lot. People knew me at the time but I was not that popular after that a lot of people came to know about me,” Rinku said.
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