Meet Rachin Ravindra, the Indian-origin allrounder NZ cricket is raving about

Compiled by: Our Bureau

(Our Bureau, May 21) Rachin Ravindra comes from a cricket-obsessed family: his first name is inspired by Sachin (Tendulkar) and Rahul (Dravid). The 21-year-old New Zealander of Indian origin is being talked about as the next big thing for the Black Caps. He’s been picked for a two-Test series against England in England, followed by a World Test Championship final against India — the only player in the 20-member-squad without any international experience. Despite being raised in New Zealand, Ravindra trains in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur every year, accompanying his software engineer father Ravi Krishnamurthy who has been organizing India tours for Kiwi players through the Hutts Hawk cricket club. The all-rounder first came into the limelight in the 2016 U-19 World Cup. In the last two years, Ravindra has raked up stellar numbers as a top-order player on New Zealand’s seaming tracks: Three first-class centuries and nine half-centuries in 26 games.

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