New Zealand team spinner Rachin Ravindra’s dream of playing Test cricket for his country has finally come true. He got a chance to make his Test debut in the ongoing India-New Zealand match in Kanpur. The youngster was also part of the New Zealand team that won the ICC World Test Championship, although he was not included in the playing 11. Not many people know that Rachin Ravindra’s name is inspired by two cricket legends of India.
The name of Rachin Ravindra is inspired by Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar.
The two Indian cricket legends we are talking about here are the cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar and the current coach of Team India, Rahul Dravid. Rachin’s first letter ‘Ra’ is inspired by Team India’s head coach Rahul Dravid, while ‘Chin’ is from Sachin Tendulkar. Let us inform that apart from Rachin Ravindra, Indian-origin cricketers like Deepak Patel, Ish Sodhi, Jeetan Patel, Jeet Rawal, Ejaz Patel, Ronnie Hira and Tarun Nethula have played Test cricket for New Zealand.
Other information about young New Zealand player Rachin Ravindra
- Rachin Ravindra’s performance has been nothing short of exceptional since he made his first-class debut in 2018. The top-order batsman has scored 1595 runs in 28 matches with three first-class centuries and ten fifties.
- Ravindra’s father, Ravi Krishnamurthy, is from India and is a software systems architect from Bangalore. The family moved to New Zealand back in the 1990s. Krishnamurthy is the founder of the Hut Hawks Club in New Zealand, which brings players to India every summer.
- Since 2011, Rachin has been touring India every year to play red ball cricket in Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai.
Rachin Ravindra was 16 years old when he played his first World Cup. He was part of the New Zealand team that participated in the 2016 ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh. He was also part of the team that played the 2018 Under-19 World Cup and faced current Team India batsman Shubman Gill during India A’s tour of New Zealand in an unofficial Test in 2019-20.
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