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Rachin Ravindra, New Zealand all-rounder with Sachin Tendulkar-Rahul Dravid link

His name has a unique connection with Indian cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.

New Zealand Cricketer Rachin Ravindra (Picture Courtesy: official Instagram handle)

Rachin Ravindra, the 21-year old cricket prodigy, is a part of the New Zealand cricket team currently touring England. His name has a unique connection with Indian cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.

Rachin was named after Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid by his parents. The “Ra” in Rachin is from Rahul which “chin” is from Sachin.

“My batting idol is Sachin Tendulkar. I have modelled my game on him since I was very young,” he had told New Zealand news portal Stuff.co.nz way back in November 2016.

He is the only player with no international cricket, but is a fiery left-hand batsman who also bowl left-arm orthodox spin.

There is a possibility of Rachin Ravindra playing in the two-Test series against England, followed by the World Test Championship final against India.

Born on November 18, 1999, to Indian parents in Wellington, New Zealand, Rachin Ravindra may get a chance to play against India in the World Test Championship final.

Indian Connection

His father Ravi Krishnamurthy is a software system architect in New Zealand. He is also a founder of the Hutt Hawks Club in New Zealand. Being a part of this club, Rachin Ravindra often visited India every summer, along with other players to practice.

Telangana Today quoted Rachin saying that he had been practicing at RDT (Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh) every year for the last four years during winters.

He was in the New Zealand U-19 team that had come to India for the 2016 U-19 World Cup.

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Injury

In December 2020, during a Super Smash outing for Wellington Firebirds, Rachin dislocated his right shoulder, which meant that he would be out of action for at least nine months. The news left the budding cricketer heartbroken as he was earmarked as a player to watch out for at NZC’s High Performance camps in Lincoln.

However, in a twist of fate, the delay in surgery and relentless physiotherapy for two months proved to be a blessing in disguise for Rachin. He is now fit for his maiden match and is currently undergoing quarantine in London, a whole two years after he played on an A tour against Pakistan in UAE.

Debut

Rachin made his first-class debut for New Zealand A, against Pakistan A, on October 30, 2018. He raked up impressive numbers as a top-order batter. He scored three first-class centuries and nine half-centuries in 26 games.

He is still working on his left-arm spin but his performances have been on noteworthy. He has been part of the Wellington team that won the Plunket Shield and the Super Smash in 2019-20.

Rachin has played for New Zealand, New Zealand A, Wellington Firebirds, New Zealand Under-19, and New Zealand XI.

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