KKR head coach Pandit reckons Rinku is ready for ODIs as well

03 December,2023 11:00 AM IST |  Mumbai  |  Subodh Mayure

Reputed domestic cricket guide however stresses that Singh won’t be effective at the top of the order

Rinku Singh (Pic: File Pic)

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India's hard-hitting batsman Rinku Singh, 26, has played just nine T20I games, but already earned a big reputation with an average of 87.00.

In the four games against Australia, he is averaging 99.00 and has played a good hand in India winning the five-match series against the ODI World Champions even before the last match which will be held in Bangalore on Sunday.

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Rinku's head coach of his IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders Chandrakant Pandit praised his match temperament and match-winning abilities. Pandit, who is currently guiding Madhya Pradesh in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, said Rinku is equally good for the 50-over format.

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"Yes, he's [Rinku] a very sensible cricketer. What I liked about him is that he's a very calculative cricketer. If you talk to him, and if you watch his batting, you can see that he always plays with a calculative approach. He doesn't just go [for his shots], but he has the belief that he can finish the game in the last one or two overs," Pandit told mid-day when asked about whether he is ready for ODI cricket.

However, Pandit is not in favour of using Rinku as a top-order batsman. He said: "No, he's a [Rinku] player who can bat at No. 5 and especially in the shorter formats, in which he's also a good finisher. So, his ability has to be utilised. There's no point in sending him in front [top-order]. His game is not required there. His game is required after the 12th over [in a T20I], as a finisher for which he has the ability and we know that."

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