Ravindra’s Century Against Australia
Young New Zealand all-rounder, Ravindra, delivered another exceptional performance on Saturday, scoring a century against Australia. This feat makes him the third player to surpass 400 runs in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.
Despite his impressive 116-run contribution, New Zealand fell short of a record chase. However, Ravindra expressed his satisfaction with his performance in the tournament so far.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to be here and contribute to the team’s success,” he said. “Our goal is to continue winning games, and I’m glad to be a part of that.”
Enthusiastic Support from Indian Crowd
The 23-year-old received overwhelming support from the crowd in Dharamsala, India, who cheered him on with a chant using his first name. His teammate, James Neesham, also received similar support from the crowd.
Ravindra expressed his joy at playing in front of such an enthusiastic crowd. “This was probably one of the best crowds we’ve played in India. The way they responded to the game was truly special,” he said.
He also acknowledged the thrill of hearing the crowd chant his name, a dream he had since childhood. “It’s always special to soak in these moments, and we should never take them for granted,” he added.
Ravindra’s Indian Heritage
Ravindra’s popularity among the Indian audience is partly due to his Indian heritage. Both his parents are from India, and his first name, Rachin, is a tribute to cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.
When asked about his feelings on achieving his feats in India, Ravindra said, “I’m 100% Kiwi and also very proud of my Indian heritage. It’s an honor to perform well in the country where my parents were born and raised.”
Partnership with Daryl Mitchell
Ravindra’s 96-run partnership with Daryl Mitchell set the stage for New Zealand’s strong second-innings performance. He credits his success to his experienced batting partners.
“Batting with experienced players like Daryl helps a lot. His aggressive approach allowed me to play my game,” he said.
Close Call Against Australia
Ravindra’s 116 off 89 balls gave New Zealand a fighting chance at what could have been the highest-ever chase at a Cricket World Cup. However, Australia managed to secure a win in the end.
Despite the loss, Ravindra believes the team’s performance should boost their confidence. “It’s disappointing to fall short in such a close game, but that’s the beauty of cricket. We’ll review our performance and prepare for the upcoming games,” he said.
Upcoming Match Against South Africa
The Black Caps are set to face South Africa on Wednesday in Pune. A win in this match would solidify their position for one of the four semi-final spots in the tournament.