Rinku Singh, the 24-year-old all-rounder from Uttar Pradesh, has been a revelation for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) since 2018. He has emerged as one of the most reliable finishers in the league, with his ability to hit big shots and rotate the strike in the death overs. He has also contributed with his handy off-spin and electric fielding. But how much did KKR pay for Rinku Singh in the IPL 2024 auction? And how does his price compare to other all-rounders in the IPL?
Rinku Singh retained by KKR for Rs 55 lakh
The IPL 2024 auction, which took place at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, saw a lot of surprises and bidding wars for some of the most sought-after players in the world. However, Rinku Singh was not one of them, as KKR retained him for Rs 55 lakh1, the same amount he was bought for in the IPL 2022 auction1. Rinku Singh was one of the five players retained by KKR, along with captain Eoin Morgan, opener Shubman Gill, spinner Varun Chakravarthy, and pacer Mitchell Starc.
Rinku Singh’s retention by KKR was expected, as he has been a vital cog in their batting line-up and has formed a formidable partnership with Andre Russell. Rinku Singh has scored 857 runs for KKR in 42 matches, at an average of 28.56 and a strike rate of 145.671. He was the fourth-highest run-scorer for KKR in IPL 2023, with 312 runs in 14 games, behind only Shubman Gill, Eoin Morgan, and Andre Russell1. Rinku Singh also played a crucial role in KKR’s playoff run, scoring 75 not out off 37 balls against Delhi Capitals in the eliminator, and 45 off 25 balls against Chennai Super Kings in the qualifier 21.
Rinku Singh among the most economical all-rounders in IPL
Rinku Singh’s price of Rs 55 lakh makes him one of the most economical all-rounders in the IPL, along with Washington Sundar of Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rahul Tewatia of Rajasthan Royals, who were also retained by their respective teams for the same amount2. However, Rinku Singh is still far behind Hardik Pandya and Ben Stokes, the most expensive all-rounders in the IPL history.
Hardik Pandya, who played for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2022 and 2023, was bought by Punjab Kings for a whopping Rs 15 crore in the IPL 2024 auction, making him the third-most expensive player in the auction and the fourth-most expensive player in the IPL history, behind only Yuvraj Singh, Pat Cummins, and Mitchell Starc3. Stokes, who missed the last two editions of the IPL due to injury and personal reasons, was snapped up by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 12.5 crore, making him the fifth-most expensive player in the auction and the sixth-most expensive player in the IPL history. Stokes will join forces with David Warner and Rashid Khan to form a formidable team for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2024.
Rinku Singh worth every penny for KKR
Rinku Singh’s price of Rs 55 lakh may seem low for some, but his consistent and impactful performances have proved his worth for KKR. Rinku Singh is a finisher and a versatile batsman who can bat at any position and adapt to any situation. He is also a useful bowler, who can bowl off-spin and break partnerships. He is also a brilliant fielder who can save runs and take stunning catches.
Rinku Singh has also been in excellent form for Uttar Pradesh in domestic cricket, earning him a well-deserved opportunity to don the Indian jersey. He made his international debut in the T20I series against Australia in November 2023, and impressed with his batting and bowling skills. He scored 89 runs in three matches, at an average of 44.50 and a strike rate of 156.14. He also took three wickets, at an average of 18.66 and an economy rate of 7.33.
Rinku Singh is undoubtedly one of the best young all-rounders in the country right now, and KKR are lucky to have him in their team. He will be looking to continue his stellar form in IPL 2024 and help KKR win their third title. Rinku Singh is worth every penny for KKR, and his price of Rs 55 lakh is a steal for a player of his caliber.