Rachin Ravindra is a New Zealander cricketer, who plays as a batting all-rounder for the New Zealand national cricket team. He came into the spotlight after he scored his maiden ODI century in an opening match of the Cricket World Cup 2023 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
Rachin Ravindra was born on Thursday, 18 November 1999 (age 24 years; as of 2023) in Wellington, New Zealand. His zodiac sign is Scorpio. Rachin’s family has its roots in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, from where his parents moved to Wellington in the early 1990s. Rachin attended Hutt International Boys’ School in Wellington. Growing up in a family that followed cricket so closely, cricket was a natural influence for Rachin, who began playing the sport at a young age.
As a child, he would enjoy both, playing cricket and watching it on television. He often practised the sport with his father in their backyard. Rachin was a part of his school’s cricket team and in 2015, while he was studying in class 11, he represented his school in a cricket tournament, where he scored 208 runs and claimed six wickets. He was named player of the tournament.
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Rachin Ravindra’s father, Ravi Krishnamurthy, is a software architect and the founder of the Hutt Hawks Club, a cricket club based in Wellington, New Zealand. Before moving to New Zealand, Ravi used to play club-level cricket in his hometown Bangalore. Rachin’s mother’s name is Deepa Krishnamurthy. He has a sister named Aisiri.
He is unmarried.
Rachin’s maternal grandfather, Dr. T. A. Balakrishna Adiga, is a retired biology professor from Vijaya College in Bengaluru.
Rachin Ravindra is in a relationship with Premila Morar, a fashion designer (as of 2023).
At the domestic level, Rachin represents Wellington usually at the top order. In June 2018, he was awarded a contract with Wellington for the 2018–19 season of the Tom Ford Trophy. On 27 January 2019, he made his T20 debut for Wellington against Otago at Dunedin. On 25 November 2019, during a List A match for Wellington against Auckland in the 2019–20 Ford Trophy, Rachin scored his maiden List A century. In March 2020, during a match in the 2019–20 season of the Plunket Shield, Ravindra scored his first First-class cricket century. In June 2022, Durham County Cricket Club signed him to play in the County Championship in England. During his debut match for Durham against Worcestershire, Ravindra scored 217 runs, his maiden double century in a first-class match. In June 2020, Wellington awarded him with a contract for the 2020–21 domestic cricket season. He has also represented the Wellington Under 17, Wellington Under 19, and Wellington Firebirds teams.
Before making it to New Zealand’s national cricket team, Rachin Ravindra played for New Zealand’s Under-19 team. In 2016, he was included in New Zealand’s Under-19 squad for the U-19 World Cup. He then represented New Zealand in the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup. After the conclusion of the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup, Ravindra was named as the rising star of the squad by the International Cricket Council (ICC). He has played through the age ranks for New Zealand.
Rachin made his First Class debut on 30 October 2018, playing for New Zealand A against Pakistan A at ICCA Dubai. In November 2020, he was named in the New Zealand A squad for practice matches against the West Indies team, during their tour in India. He scored a century (112 runs) in his first practice match.
On 21 October 2018, Rachin Ravindra made his List A debut, playing for New Zealand A against Pakistan A at Tolerance Oval.
In November 2022, Rachin was included in New Zealand’s Test squad for their Test series against India. He made his Test debut against India on 25 November 2021 at Kanpur. In April 2021, he was included in New Zealand’s Test squad for their series against England. He was also named in New Zealand’s squad for the final of the 2019–21 ICC World Test Championship.
Ravindra was named in New Zealand’s T20 International squad for their tour of Bangladesh in August 2021. He made his T20 International debut on 1 September 2021, playing for New Zealand against Bangladesh at Mirpur.
One Day International
In August 2021, Rachin was named in New Zealand’s one-day international squad for their tour in Pakistan. On 25 March 2023, Ravindra made his one-day international debut, playing for New Zealand against Sri Lanka in Aukland. In the same year, he was named in New Zealand’s squad for the 2023 Cricket World Cup. During the opening match of the World Cup, Rachin Ravindra scored his maiden century against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He scored 123 (not out) runs off 96 balls, featuring 5 sixes and 11 fours, becoming the fourth Kiwi player to score a century in an ODI World Cup debut. In the match, he partnered with Devon Conway to score 273 runs off 211 balls, registering the fourth-highest partnership in World Cup history.
Indian Premier League
Rachin Ravindra was acquired by Chennai Super Kings in the 2024 IPL auction for Rs. 1.80 crore against the base price of Rs. 50 lakh; the auction was held at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai on 19 December 2023.
Rachin Ravindra will play for the Chennai Super Kings!
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) December 19, 2023
- In 2023, he became the youngest New Zealand player to score a century in ODI World Cup. Rachin made 123 runs off 96 balls, playing for New Zealand against England in the opening match of the Cricket World Cup 2023. Pro Batsman
- When Rachin scored 116 off 89 balls in a match against Australia in the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup, he became the second batter in international cricket to score two centuries in a World Cup under the age of 26; Sachin Tendulkar achieved the feat when he was 22 years and 313 days old. NDTV
On 24 January 2024, he was named the ICC Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2023.
— CricketNDTV (@CricketNDTV) January 24, 2024
- Colour: Black
- Rachin loves travelling and doing adventure sports in his leisure time.
- His batting style is left-hand bat, and his bowling style is slow left-arm orthodox.
- Growing up, Rachin idolised the Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. Talking about Sachin in an interview, Rachin said,
Obviously, I idolised Sachin Tendulkar. I think a lot of people did. I think the way he batted and his technique was beautiful to watch. I guess being a lefty, there’s guys you look at: I love Lara, I love Sangakkara, just the usual gun left-handers; but Tendulkar was definitely the idol.”
- Rachin is a huge fan of the basketball player Kobe Bryant and has picked his jersey number 8 after the jersey number of Kobe. In an interview, while talking about it, Rachin said,
My jersey number is eight and the significance around it is I’m a big basketball fan and that was Kobe Bryant’s first number when he first entered the NBA.”
- In a few matches, he is also spotted wearing jersey number 10.
- Interestingly, Rachin’s father was a huge fan of the legendary Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, so he named him Rachin by combining their first names Rahul and Sachin. The Indian Express However later, in an interview, his father revealed that Rachin was not named after Rahul and Sachin, the name was suggested by Rachin’s mother as she liked the name. Some years later, they realised that his name was a mix of Rahul and Sachin. Business Today
- A fitness enthusiast, Ravindra follows a strict workout regimen to gain strength and speed and improve his power game in the nets.
- In an interview, Rachin revealed that his father used to take a few age-group boys to India every year to improve their cricketing skills and gain experience playing in India. He also said that he had visited Anantapur (RDT), Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Mysore in India.
- He is often spotted consuming alcohol on various occasions.
- In an interview, Rachin’s father shared that Rachin had a small hole in his heart when he was 1 year old. By the time, he turned 4, the gap was filled on its own and he became perfectly normal. While, he had a hole in his heart, his parents did not allow him to play cricket for long hours. Asianet Newsable
- In childhood, Rachin took his cricket training from his father and cricket coaches Ivan Tissera, Mark Borthwick, Paul Wiseman, Bob Carter, Sriram Krishnamurthy, Glenn Pocknell, and Bruce Edgar.