New Zealand’s young cricketing sensation Rachin Ravindra recently made headlines worldwide with his stunning century against England in the opening match of the ODI World Cup 2023. His remarkable performance not only helped the Blackcaps secure an impressive victory but also gave cricket fans an insight into his fascinating life as Rachin talked about his cricketing preferences and much more in a candid interview following his match-winning ton.

In his interaction with Star Sports, Rachin started by explaining how his name is a fusion of two Indian legends, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar. The Kiwi all-rounder then further shed light on the inspiration behind his jersey number 8, his cricketing idol growing up and current favourite cricketer.

Rachin Ravindra’s cricketing idol growing up

When asked about his cricketing idol while growing up, Rachin’s eyes lit up as he instantly admitted watching ‘Little Master’ Sachin during childhood and named him as his favourite.

Inspiration behind Rachin’s jersey No. 8

As far as Rachin’s choice of the number 8 as his jersey number is concerned, he revealed that it’s a nod to his love for basketball and is inspired by the iconic number 8 jersey worn by the legendary Kobe Bryant during his illustrious NBA career.

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Rachin’s current favourite cricketer

When it came to picking his current favourite cricketers, Rachin found it hard to limit himself to just one. Instead, he named two stalwarts of the game in the form of Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli. Both Williamson and Kohli have not only showcased exceptional batting skills but have also displayed outstanding leadership qualities throughout their career. Rachin’s admiration for these two cricketers reflects their impact on the modern cricketing landscape.

A revisit to Rachin’s blazing ton against England

Rachin’s heroics with the bat came after England set a target of 283 runs for the Blackcaps, and New Zealand lost their first wicket early in the run chase. The 23-year-old then stepped up for his team and ensured that no further wickets fell. Alongside Devon Conway, he orchestrated a magnificent partnership that saw the Tom Latham-led side cruise to victory in just 36.2 overs with nine wickets remaining. Rachin’s spectacular 123 runs off 96 deliveries and Conway’s 152 off 121 deliveries were pivotal in New Zealand’s victory and left cricket fans in awe.

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