A heartwarming episode unfolded as the young New Zealand sensation Rachin Ravindra took a break from his busy ODI World Cup 2023 schedule to visit his grandparents in Bengaluru. The cricket prodigy, who has been setting records ablaze with his stellar batting, showcased a different side of his life that left fans enchanted and touched.

Rachin Ravindra’s Indian roots

It is worth mentioning that Rachin’s connection with India runs deep in his blood, with his father being a club-level cricketer in Bengaluru before relocating to New Zealand in 1997.

Rachin’s stellar performances in the ODI World Cup 2023

Rachin is currently in great form and has been making waves on the global stage with his performance in the ODI World Cup 2023. He has recently even etched his name in history by becoming the batter with the most World Cup hundreds before the age of 25, surpassing the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record of two centuries at the age of 22. The Kiwi batter has recorded three hundreds in the tournament so far.

Beyond the cricket field, Rachin’s connection to his Indian roots has now also become a major talking point after his heartwarming visit to the residence of his grandparents in Bengaluru.

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Rachin’s symbolic visit to grandparents’ abode in Bengaluru

Following New Zealand’s victorious match against Sri Lanka at Bengaluru’s M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Rachin took a moment to visit his grandparents, and a video capturing the visit quickly gained traction on the internet. What stole the spotlight was the endearing sight of Rachin’s grandmother performing a traditional Hindu ritual known as ‘nazar utarna,’ a household custom aimed at warding off the evil eye.

The ‘nazar utarna’ ritual from Rachin’s grandmother

In the video, Rachin’s grandmother can be seen reciting mantras and making hand gestures, a practice deeply rooted in Indian culture and tradition. The genuine and heartfelt nature of the ritual struck a chord with viewers, and the video went viral, becoming a symbol of the amalgamation of sports and cultural heritage.

Here’s the video:

The gesture of Rachin’s grandmother resonated with people across the globe, and it was widely praised as a display of ‘Indian Sanskar’, which is a term that encompasses the traditional values and customs embedded in Indian culture.

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