In his ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup debut game against the England National Cricket Team on Thursday, October 5, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, the 23-year-old batting all-rounder Rachin Ravindra of the New Zealand National Cricket Team produced a game-changing performance.
Cricket player Rachin Ravindra, who was born in New Zealand on November 18, 1999, is of Indian descent. As top batter Kane Williamson was unable to participate in the game, he was given the chance to bat at No. 3.
Rachin entered the crease immediately after Sam Curran dismissed Will Young, the Kiwi opener, for a golden duck. The 23-year-old played an aggressive style of cricket and appeared at ease in the middle.
He played some gorgeous looking strokes and cleaned up the English bowlers, smashing them all over the ground. Astonished by Rachin’s performance, people like Gautam Gambhir, Ravi Shastri, and Deep Dasgupta showered the young batter with on-air accolades.
Rachin Ravindra slammed his half-century off just 36 deliveries before he and Devon Conway recorded the highest partnership in men’s ODI World Cup history for New Zealand. They exceeded the 168-run partnership between Chris Harris and Lee Germon against Australia in 1996.
Rachin Ravindra continued to bat wonderfully after establishing a historic partnership, reaching his century off 82 balls and beating Devon Conway’s World Cup record for the fastest century for New Zealand.
Rachin Ravindra, who is named after Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, joined Glenn Turner (1975), Nathan Astle (1996), Scott Styris (2003), and Devon Conway (2023) as the fifth BlackCaps batters to record a century on their World Cup debut. He also made history by becoming the first New Zealander to ever score a century in a World Cup.
Together with Devon Conway, who scored an incredible 152 runs off 121 balls with 19 fours and 3 sixes, New Zealand defeated England by nine wickets. Rachin Ravindra stayed undefeated with 123 runs off 96 balls with 11 fours and 5 sixes.