‘You’ve got a little transition period,’ Rachin Ravindra opens on his cricketing Journey

Rachin Ravindra
Rachin Ravindra (image: NZC)

The Young player Rachin Ravindra opens up on his cricketing journey and his experience in the World Cup 2023.

Rachin Ravindra opens on his cricketing Journey

Rachin Ravindra has been one of the prominent players in New Zealand cricket and was one of the important players in the World Cup Campaign. He was ranked in fourth place for Most runs in World Cup 2023 with 578 runs. He also joined the list of highest run-getters in the maiden World Cup.

Despite his side losing the semifinal match against India in the ICC tournament, the player is excited about his cricketing journey and his improvement in the sport. He shared his views on his experience in his career and in the World Cup 2023.

“At my age, being able to travel around the world playing cricket, playing a game you love, for a living is pretty special. [It] definitely has its ups and downs, but mostly I love every single moment,” Ravindra, just past his 24th birthday, said.

“Look, I think it’s a testament to the team environment: to be able to come in and play with freedom, and enjoy my time learning from those guys who have been here for so long. It’s been great to rub shoulders with everyone, and hopefully, I can keep learning from them.”

“I enjoy going back to red-ball cricket after that (ODIs) because that means your intent… you are almost looking to score, so, I mean, [it] keeps you in a good position to score,” he said.

“But probably here [in Bangladesh] it depends on the conditions, what the pitch is doing, it’s probably going to dial that back a little bit, not as many risks. You can still play your natural game, by understanding the surface and the situation of the game dictates you.

“I think we sometimes don’t understand how long a Test match really is – you have five days of 90 overs each day, so there’s a lot of time here, so hopefully we can bring that calmness in the group from the one-dayers to the red-ball stuff.”

“I really loved my first experience of Test cricket a couple of years ago, and [I am] really excited to see how my game has evolved,” he said.

“Bowl quicker than what we are accustomed to back home. If you are putting it in the area and dialling up the pace a bit more, hopefully have a bit of success”

It obviously depends. You’ve got a little transition period, and you probably don’t have as much time to get yourself in; but also it’s Test cricket, so you actually do have a lot of time,” he said. “It’s a different role for sure; it’s not a new ball – I might come in and straightaway face a spinner.

“So [it’s] just [about] wrapping your head around that and seeing what sort of way you can adjust your game plan and get used to facing slower bowling instead of seam up top. But the beauty of it [is that] you contribute whatever way you can for the team no matter what role it is, and hopefully you contribute to a win.”

New Zealand will be playing on a Test Series against Bangladesh on November 28, at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.