New Zealand’s rising superstar Rachin Ravindra grabs the attention of the international cricket community right after his impressive knock in the 1st Test vs South Africa in Bay Oval.
Rachin Ravindra Scores His Maiden Double Century
Rachin Ravindra was named in the New Zealand Test squad for the South Africa tour of New Zealand 2024 where a couple of Test series are scheduled to play between February 4 to February 17.
The first Test of the tour kick-started on February 4 in Bay Oval where South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl first. Tom Latham and Devon Conway opened the inning for the host and failed to lay a strong foundation for the team.
South African bowlers made quick wickets by dismissing Conway for 1 and Latham for 20 runs. Following the dismissals, Rachin Ravindra and Kane Williamson made a 232-run partnership for the 3rd wicket.
Ruan de Swardt broke the partnership by dismissing Kane Williamson for 118 runs. Following his dismissal, the hosts lose a couple of wickets in the form of Daryl Mitchell(34) and Tom Blundell(11).
Though New Zealand loses wickets at one end, Rachin Ravindra poses a great threat to the opponent by converting his maiden Test century into a double century.
What an incredible moment! After over 8 hours at the wicket, Rachin Ravindra has passed 200 runs – a historic double hundred 🔥👏@BLACKCAPS v South Africa: 1st Test | LIVE on DUKE and TVNZ+ pic.twitter.com/00Xlbjoirl
— TVNZ+ (@TVNZ) February 5, 2024
Rachin Ravindra made his Test debut in 2021 and played 4 Test games so far and scored just 310 runs which includes a century and a double century. Rachin becomes a sensation following his outstanding performance in the recently concluded ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 in India.
Rachin Ravindra scored a total of 578 runs in the 10 matches he played. His knock includes 3 centuries and 2 half-centuries at an average of 64.22.
Speaking on the NZ vs SA 1st Test, the hosts scored 473 runs for 6-wicket loss where Rachin Ravindra and Mitchell Santner stands in the crease with 239 and 0 runs respectively.
On behalf of South Africa, Ruan de Swardt and Neil Brand each bagged 2 wickets while Tshepo Moreki and Dane Paterson bagged a wicket each. Notably, Duanne Olivier remains wicketless after bowling 30 overs in the 1st inning of the 1st Test.