Rachin Ravindra, the promising cricketer hailing from New Zealand, embarked on his international cricket journey in September 2021. Born on 18 November 1999 in Wellington, New Zealand, Ravindra’s roots trace back to Indian Hindu parents. His father, Ravi Krishnamurthy, a skilled software architect, was once a cricketer in Bangalore, India, before relocating to New Zealand. Notably, Ravindra’s name itself is a blend of cricketing legends, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar, a testament to the sport’s influence in his life.
Ravindra’s talent was evident early on, as he represented New Zealand in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup in both 2016 and 2018. His exceptional skills did not go unnoticed, earning him a spot in New Zealand’s squads for the 2023 Cricket World Cup. The International Cricket Council (ICC) recognized his potential, naming him the rising star of the squad after the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
His professional cricketing journey took off with a List A debut for New Zealand A against Pakistan A in October 2018. Following this, he made his first-class debut for New Zealand A, once again facing Pakistan A, in October 2018. Ravindra’s breakthrough moment came in November 2019 when he scored his maiden century in List A cricket while playing for Wellington against Auckland in the 2019–20 Ford Trophy. His consistent performances led to his first century in first-class cricket during the 2019–20 Plunket Shield season.
Wellington recognized his potential and offered him a contract for the 2020–21 domestic cricket season. In November 2020, Ravindra showcased his skills in practice matches against the West Indies team, scoring a remarkable century. His impressive performances earned him a spot in New Zealand’s Test squad for their series against England in April 2021 and later in the ICC World Test Championship final.
Ravindra’s versatility shone as he was selected for New Zealand’s T20 International (T20I) squad for their tour of Bangladesh in August 2021. He made his T20I debut on 1 September 2021, playing against Bangladesh. His Test debut came on 25 November 2021, representing New Zealand against India. In June 2022, he ventured into English county cricket, signing with Durham County Cricket Club for the County Championship. Ravindra made an unforgettable debut, scoring a century against Worcestershire, which he later converted into his maiden double century in a first-class match, accumulating 217 runs.
Ravindra’s ODI debut came on 25 March 2023, when he played for New Zealand against Sri Lanka. His exceptional skills and consistent performances led to his inclusion in New Zealand’s squad for the 2023 Cricket World Cup. In the tournament’s opening match against England, Ravindra etched his name in history by becoming only the fourth Kiwi player to score a century in an ODI World Cup debut. What made this achievement even more remarkable was that it was the fastest century by any New Zealand player in a World Cup, completed in just 82 balls. Additionally, he, along with Devon Conway, forged the fourth highest partnership in World Cup history, showcasing his prowess and contributing significantly to New Zealand’s campaign.
Rachin Ravindra’s journey in international cricket has been nothing short of extraordinary. His dedication, talent, and remarkable performances have not only earned him accolades but have also established him as a vital asset to the New Zealand cricket team. As he continues to shine on the global stage, cricket enthusiasts eagerly anticipate witnessing his future achievements and contributions to the sport.\