Rachin Ravindra, a 23-year-old Indian-origin all-rounder, wreaked havoc on England with both bat and ball in the World Cup 2023 opener in Ahmedabad.
Ravindra made his World Cup debut in a match that was highly anticipated by fans from both sides. England, the defending champions, were looking to start their campaign on a strong note, while New Zealand were determined to avenge their defeat in the 2019 World Cup final.
Ravindra came out to bat at number three after New Zealand lost their first wicket early. He immediately made his presence felt, smashing a flurry of boundaries to put England on the back foot. He reached his half-century in just 36 balls, and continued to score at a rapid pace.
Ravindra eventually fell for 83 runs, but his knock had set the tone for New Zealand's innings. The Kiwis went on to post a total of 282 runs, which proved to be too much for England.
http:// Drinks in the chase! 138/1 with 283 the target. @cricketwgtninc duo Devon Conway 70* and Rachin Ravindra 67* in the middle in Ahmedabad. Follow play LIVE in NZ with @skysportnz. LIVE scoring | https://t.co/aNkBrDiAuv #CWC23 pic.twitter.com/jMvH6mdbvo
Drinks in the chase! 138/1 with 283 the target. @cricketwgtninc duo Devon Conway 70* and Rachin Ravindra 67* in the middle in Ahmedabad. Follow play LIVE in NZ with @skysportnz. LIVE scoring | https://t.co/aNkBrDiAuv #CWC23 pic.twitter.com/jMvH6mdbvo— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 5, 2023
Ravindra also impressed with the ball, taking one wicket for 23 runs in his seven overs. He bowled with good control and accuracy, and was able to contain the England batsmen.
New Zealand eventually won the match by six wickets, and Ravindra was named the Man of the Match. His performance was a dream debut for any player, and it will be interesting to see how he performs in the rest of the tournament.
Ravindra's Journey to the World Cup
Ravindra was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Indian parents. He started playing cricket at a young age, and quickly showed his potential. He was selected for the New Zealand Under-19 squad in 2016, and went on to play in two Under-19 World Cups.
Ravindra made his debut for the New Zealand T20I team in 2021, and followed it up with his Test debut later that year. He had to wait a little longer for his ODI debut, but it was definitely worth the wait.
Ravindra's performance in the World Cup opener has shown that he is a player with a bright future ahead of him. He is a talented all-rounder who can be a valuable asset to any team. It will be exciting to see how he performs in the rest of the tournament, and in the years to come.
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