Rachin Ravindra of New Zealand scores a century against England in his ODI World Cup debut.

In the opening match of the 2023 tournament against England, New Zealand batsman Rachin Ravindra blasted a century on his ICC Cricket World Cup debut.

On Thursday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, during the opening match of the 2023 World Cup tournament against England, New Zealand batsman Rachin Ravindra smashed a century on his ICC Cricket World Cup debut.

Along with his partner Devon Conway, who accomplished the achievement in the same innings, Ravindra joined an exclusive group of 16 batters—the fifth from New Zealand and the 16th overall—to score a hundred in their World Cup debut.

After stepping in at number three to replace captain Kane Williamson in the playing XI, Ravindra hit the milestone in just 82 deliveries.

Only his second fifty-plus score in the format was turned into a century by the left-handed batsman. The 23-year-old’s century, which beat Martin Guptill’s (88 balls) and Conway’s (83 balls) at the World Cup, came in the fewest balls.

In the end, Ravindra scored an undefeated 126 as part of a crushing nine-wicket victory. In just 13 ODI appearances, he has amassed over 300 runs and 12 wickets.

After New Zealand’s opener, Will Young was out for zero, the young Rachin entered at No. 3, unfazed by the moment. Rachin took over for Kane Williamson, who was unable to play in the World Cup opener owing to physical concerns and attacked the England bowling attack, putting the burden back on the English bowlers to get more early wickets.

Rachin’s relentless assault ensured that New Zealand consistently outperformed the asking rate throughout the competition. Rachin displayed his versatility by cutting, pulling, and playing some wonderful straight shots with the confidence of a senior pro. In addition, Rachin and Conway combined for 200 runs as New Zealand defeated defending champion England.

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Rachin Ravindra, as opposed to Devon Conway, had a more artistic approach of commemorating his century as he took off his helmet and basked in the cheers of both the players’ locker room and the stadium’s faithful. 

Who Is Rachin Ravindra?

Rachin Ravindra
Rachin Ravindra. Image Source: GettyImages

On November 18, 1999, the left-handed bowler and batsman Rachin Ravindra was born in Wellington to Indian parents. Two years ago at Kanpur, he played his first Test match against India.

Before relocating to New Zealand, his father, software architect Ravi Krishnamurthy, competed in club cricket in Bangalore, the city where he was born.

He is also the grandson of renowned biology professor Dr. T.A. Balakrishna Adiga, who taught at BASE in Basavanagudi and Vijaya College in Bangalore.

Rachin has deep ties to the cricket-crazy country thanks to his Bengaluru-based family. In actuality, his father gave him the names Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.

From supporting New Zealand at the 2019 World Cup Final in a Bengaluru bar to taking part in CWC23

The night of July 14, 2019, when Rachin Ravindra watched New Zealand’s sad loss to England in the ODI World Cup final while seated in a Bengaluru pub, was one of the longest and toughest to endure.

With his father’s cricket club, Ravindra, who was just 19 years old at the time, travelled to India on an annual vacation. The emotional experience of witnessing the championship game is still fresh in his mind.

It has been a fairly “cool” trip for Rachin to go from being a fanboy who watched the previous World Cup to now becoming a participant in the next one.

Rachin Ravindra talks about India:

“It’s a really interesting story. We were in Bangalore as part of a senior trip that my dad organizes every year for a group of boys in that age bracket. We were in a stock exchange bar watching the 2019 championship.

I viewed the entire championship. The highs and lows of the game made it an incredible experience that felt like riding a rollercoaster. Being surrounded by Indian supporters was quite nice. I’ll never forget it, Ravindra said, according to PTI.

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