New Zealand dough Rachin RavindraFan numbers have soared as the 2023 Cricket World Cup campaign has progressed. As the Kiwis almost sealed a semi-final berth of the tournament, setting up a date with hosts India, Ravindra visited his grandparents in Bengaluru. In a video that surfaced on social media, Ravindra’s grandmother appears to do the “Nazar Utarna‘ ritual for the batter, following the traditional route to ensure the young star goes further in his career after his stardom debut.
In the video, Rachin’s grandmother can be seen performing the ritual while the Kiwi star sits on a sofa. The video went viral on social media.
Rachin Ravindra at his grandparents’ house in Bangalore.
– It’s a nice video.pic.twitter.com/o7wgZ1mPiN
—Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 10, 2023
Rachin has been one of New Zealand’s most consistent players at the World Cup so far. After his team’s dominant win against Sri Lanka, Rachin spoke about his journey to break into the national team and live his childhood dream as the crowd at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium chanted his name.
“It’s quite a surreal feeling. I’m grateful for the support, especially playing in Bangalore. The crowd chanting my name is something I will never take for granted. I dreamed of it when I was a kid. Very happy to be here, I was lucky it worked out. Six to 12 months ago I wasn’t even in the frame. It’s good to get the job done and make the playoffs .Pretty lucky to have come here as a teenager for club tours. It helped me a lot. Nice wickets to bat for. If you play positive cricket you get rewarded. The guys have adapted well. You talk to Kane, Devon, who are legends,” Rachin said.
After the match against Sri Lanka, where Ravindra scored 42 runs, he spoke about idolizing the Kiwi skipper. Kane Williamson.
“It’s funny. I idolized Kane. I idolized a lot like Virat Kohli, Steven Smith, Joe Racine. But Kane… his leadership, on and off the field, keeps things calm. When you’re young, you get into the game, you’re lucky to have succeeded,” he said.
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