Rachin Ravindra: The Indian-origin New Zealand cricketer named after Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid

Rachin Ravindra: The Indian-origin New Zealand cricketer named after Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid

Ravindra, who hails from New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington, was born to Indian parents.

Rachin Ravindra
Rachin Ravindra. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

New Zealand cricketer Rachin Ravindra might not have been able to make much noise with the bat in Jaipur against India in the first T20I, but he grabbed attention off the field. The 21-year-old is of Indian descent and his first name, Rachin, is a portmanteau of former legends Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.

Ravindra, who hails from New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington, was born to Indian parents Ravi Krishnamurthy, a software system architect from Bengaluru, and Deepa Krishnamurthy. Ravindra’s father, the founder of the Hutt Hawks Club in New Zealand, moved to the country in the early 1990s, and himself played the sport in Bengaluru earlier.

Ravindra, who has been a part of New Zealand’s squads for the 2016 Under-19 World Cup and the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup, has also played in India during his off-seasons. “I’ve trained, played at RDT (Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh) every year in the last four years during our winter,” Ravindra was quoted by Telangana Today.

The report also quoted one of the coaches at the Andhra Pradesh cricket academy, Khatib Syed Shahabuddin: “He (Rachin Ravindra) was part of the Hutt Hawks contingent that used to train at the Rural Development Trust at Anantapur for the last four years. He is a promising cricketer. As a young cricketer, he showed a lot of promise and hunger to excel as a left-handed bat and left-arm spin.”

During his age-level cricket, Ravindra got a contract with Wellington in the 2018-19 season, while he made his List A debut against Pakistan in the same season. He scored his maiden List A century, representing Wellington, in the 2019-20 Ford Trophy, and notched up his maiden first-class century in the 2019-20 Plunket Shield.

In November 2020, he was named in the New Zealand A cricket team for practice matches against the touring West Indies team. He was also a part of the New Zealand squad for the World Test Championship final in June, although he did not feature in the game. He made his international debut against Bangladesh in September 2021 in a five-match T20I series, which New Zealand eventually lost 2-3.

“My batting idol is Sachin Tendulkar. I have modelled my game on him since I was very young,” Rachin had told Stuff.co.nz way back in November 2016.