Dinesh Karthik pens a heartfelt note on Rinku Singh’s emotional journey and relationship with mentor Abishek Nayar – IND vs AUS 2023

Dinesh Karthik and Rinku Singh

In the thrilling clash between India and Australia at Visakhapatnam in the first T20I, Rinku Singh emerged as the hero, guiding Men in Blue to a nail-biting victory. His fearless approach and composure under pressure earned him accolades from cricket enthusiasts worldwide.

Rinku Singh’s match-winning stroke

With just one run needed off the last ball and only two wickets remaining, Rinku Singh displayed nerves of steel as he hammered a six to finish the match in style. Although the bowler had overstepped, making the six unofficial, Rinku’s approach and mindset in the high-pressure situation showcased his immense potential.

Rinku’s embrace and the celebration with Abishek Nayar

Following the match-winning stroke, Rinku shared a heartfelt embrace with former Indian cricketer and his mentor Abishek Nayar to celebrate the victory. The moment was a testament to the strong bond between the two and encapsulated the essence of their incredible journey together.

Dinesh Karthik’s reflection on Rinku’s journey and connection with Nayar

As the pictures of Rinku and Nayar’s embrace went viral, India’s experienced cricketer Dinesh Karthik took to Twitter to share his reflections on Rinku’s journey, shedding light on the emotional connection between the young batter and his mentor, Nayar.

Karthik’s words painted a vivid picture of a partnership that transcended the boundaries, delving into the unseen struggles and triumphs that paved the way for Rinku’s success.

The Kolkata Knight Riders’ connection

The Tamil Nadu-born cricketer started by revealing that it was during his captaincy tenure at the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) franchise in 2018 that Rinku and Nayar crossed paths, setting the stage for a transformative relationship. He further highlighted how Nayar had seen immense potential in Rinku from the start and confidently predicted that the young cricketer was destined for something truly special.

“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 of time before he did something really special. Coming from a small town in aligarh , all he needed was to think big , and I think that shift in mindset was what nayar worked with Rinku majorly about apart from fine-tuning his death hitting skills,” wrote Karthik.

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A mentor’s support and pride

Karthik even reminisced about those times when Rinku was going through a tough phase as he faced an ACL injury, and Nayar provided unwavering support to the Aligarh-born cricketer by convincing KKR’s CEO, Venky Mysore, to keep Rinku with the team. He then revealed how Rinku stayed at Nayar’s house for months after the IPL, undergoing rehabilitation and honing 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 nayars 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,” he added.

Karthik concluded by reflecting on the photo capturing Rinku and Abishek’s embrace and noted the surreal feeling that must be accompanying Nayar as a coach after watching his student excel on the world stage. 

‘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 at 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,” reckoned Karthik.

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