No doubt about breakout star Ravindra as young Kiwi represents the new face of world cricket

Young New Zealand all-rounder Rachin Ravindra is without doubt the breakout star of the World Cup.

The 23-year-old New Zealand all-rounder has been making waves throughout the tournament and his latest performance against Australia left no room for doubt – he is a force to be reckoned with.

Ravindra’s innings showcased his prowess and potential. Walking in with the scorecard reading 1-61, the left-handed dynamo faced a Herculean task as the Aussies had posted a formidable 388.

He had other plans. Collaborating with Daryl Mitchell and skipper Tom Latham, he patiently crafted partnerships that set the stage for his fiery late onslaught.

When he reached his half-century, Ravindra shifted gears and demonstrated his class, ultimately amassing a blazing 116 runs off 89 balls. His knock was a testament to his maturity and adaptability, qualities that have set him apart in the world of cricket.

Ravindra’s century against Australia was not just another milestone in his burgeoning career; it was a record-breaking feat. During the tournament opener against England, he became the youngest New Zealand player to score a World Cup century, achieving this at the tender age of 23 years and 321 days.

He shattered the record of former batter Nathan Astle, who achieved the same feat at 24 years and 152 days. The remarkable coincidence is that both centuries were scored against England and at the same venue, Ahmedabad, in different World Cup editions.

His meteoric rise in international cricket doesn’t end with his World Cup performances.

Ravindra made his ODI debut earlier this year and since then has been consistently impressive with both bat and ball.

In 18 ODIs, he has amassed 595 runs at 45.77, including two centuries and three half-centuries.

With the ball, he has claimed 15 wickets at an average of 46.8, showcasing his prowess as a genuine all-rounder.

Ravindra’s ability to step up when the pressure is at its peak sets him apart. He has now joined the elite company of New Zealand batters who have scored centuries against the Aussies in World Cup history, standing alongside legends like Chris Harris and Martin Crowe.

What’s more, he became the fourth Kiwi player to score two centuries in a single World Cup edition, a feat previously achieved only by Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, and Glenn Turner.

It’s a privilege to witness the rise of a remarkable talent like Ravindra. His dedication to the sport and his innate talent are evident in every stroke he plays and every wicket he takes. While we bask in the glory of his remarkable feats, it’s worth pondering the journey that has brought this young sensation to where he stands today.

Rachin Ravindra. (Photo by Darrian Traynor-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Ravindra’s heritage, a blend of Indian and New Zealand origins, mirrors the multicultural spirit of modern cricket. Born in Wellington, he carries a name that pays homage to cricketing legends Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar. His father’s passion for cricket, a love inherited from his hometown of Bengaluru, further ignited Rachin’s passion for the sport.

At the age of five, he began his cricketing journey in Wellington, and every year, he would undertake a cricket pilgrimage to Bengaluru to play club cricket.

His participation in the 2016 and 2018 Under-19 World Cups laid the foundation for his rise, and the International Cricket Council recognised his potential by naming him the rising star of the squad.

His journey continued with Wellington, where he made his mark in domestic cricket and earned contracts year after year. And then came the international call-up, a dream come true, as he made his debut for New Zealand in September 2021.

Ravindra’s story is a testament to the power of passion, dedication, and hard work. His journey from a young boy in Wellington to a World Cup centurion is a reflection of the beauty of cricket itself – a sport that transcends boundaries, cultures, and backgrounds.

Just as Rachin Ravindra’s name is a blend of two cricketing legends, his journey is a blend of cultures, experiences, and dreams.

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