Rediff.com  » Cricket » Is this New Zealand player named after Rahul and Sachin?

Is this New Zealand player named after Rahul and Sachin?

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Harish Kotian
November 19, 2021 01:05 IST
Get Rediff News in your Inbox:

IMAGE: Rachin Ravindra, who turned 22 on Thursday, was born in Wellington to Indian parents, Ravi Krishnamurthy and Deepa Krishnamurthy -- both of whom moved from Bangalore in 1990s. Photograph: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

Young New Zealand all-rounder Rachin Ravindra on Thursday said he was clueless if his name had any link with Rahul Dravid but he hopes to pick the brains of the India chief coach during the ongoing three-match T20I series in India.

 

Rachin, who celebrated his 22nd birthday on Thursday, was asked during a virtual media conference in Ranchi if his name had any connect with two of India's greatest cricketers Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar.

"Honestly, I'm not too sure. I've never really asked mom and dad where the name has come from... I guess you'd have to ask them," he said.

Rachin was born in Wellington to Indian parents, Ravi Krishnamurthy and Deepa Krishnamurthy -- both of whom moved from Bangalore in 1990s.

Rachin made his New Zealand debut in the 2016 Under-19 World Cup and also featured in the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup and during that time he first caught up with Dravid, who was the coach of India juniors.

"Yeah, Dravid is an absolute legend in the game and I played a bit of cricket against him when he was coaching in India 'A' and a few series a couple of years ago when he came to New Zealand.

"He was coaching those guys and the India U-19 team. So it's just an awesome to interact with them a little bit. Obviously, I'd love to interact a little bit more during this series, but he's an absolute legend in the game. So if I can pick his brains it would be amazing," he said.

Rachin made his international debut against Bangladesh earlier in the year when they lost the five-match T20 series 2-3 in Bangladesh.

He was also part of the New Zealand squad that took on India in the World Test Championship final but did not make it to playing XI in June.

In the first T20I in Jaipur, Rachin was bowled for seven by Mohammed Siraj.

Describing the opportunity to play against India at their own backyard, he said: "All sorts of nations always want to get a chance to play in India and I think it's been a pretty surreal experience so far. This T20 is very special."

Left-arm spinner Rachin also spoke about Indian spin legacy and said off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is very special to him.

"They have been doing it for a really long time. They are world class spinners especially Ashwin, he has got an incredible record and he has been around for a long time and the variations are incredible. Personally, I have not been in touch and would love to pick his brains any time," he said.

Get Rediff News in your Inbox:
Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Harish Kotian© Copyright 2022 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.

IPL 2022

IPL 2022