Andre Russell, the best all-around player for the Kolkata Knight Riders, is thrilled that young left-hander Rinku Singh has become a fan favourite.
Russell had only one piece of advise for the rising star: “stay humble.”
After making headlines by hitting five consecutive sixes to help KKR beat the defending champions Gujarat Titans, the 25-year-old did it again in the IPL 2023 match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday by smashing a last-ball four to beat the Punjab Kings, to the roars of “Rinku, Rinku!” from the crowd.
After their five-wicket win that kept their slim playoff chances alive, player of the match Russell stated, “I’m very happy for him and he is a good friend of mine, a very funny guy. I love him as a brother. I just want him to keep doing what he is doing, and keep being consistent.”
Russell got back to his old ways with a 23-ball 42 in a 54-run stand with Rinku, but the Jamaican power hitter was run out in the last over.
Even though the Eden Gardens were jam-packed, Rinku kept his cool and only needed two from the last delivery.
Since he has been in a similar circumstance before, Russell recommends that Rinku keep her sense of humour and humility.
I’ve been trying to keep him grounded in humility since things have been going well for him and I want to see that continue.
If you let the attention get to your head, as he put it, “it doesn’t matter how many people are shouting Russell, Russell, Russell; I always stayed humble.”
While running for a single after missing a wide yorker from Arshdeep Singh, Russell expressed confidence in the uncapped Indian’s ability to complete the task.