Young New Zealand versatile player Rachin Ravindra said on Thursday he did not know if his name had any connection to Rahul Dravid, but he hoped to pick the Indian head coach’s brain in the course of the ongoing T20I series. Rachin, who celebrated his 22nd birthday on Thursday, was asked during a virtual media conference if his name had any connection with two of India’s biggest cricketers Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar.
“Honestly, I’m not so sure. I’ve never really asked mom and dad where the name comes from … I think you’ll have to ask them,” he said.
Rachin was born in Wellington to Indian parents Ravi Krishnamurthy and Deepa Krishnamurthy, who both moved from Bangalore in the 1990s.
Rachin made his New Zealand debut in the 2016 u.19 World Cup as well as the 2018 u.19 Cricket World Cup and at that time he first caught up with Dravid, who was the coach of India juniors.
“Yes, Dravid is an absolute legend in the game and I played a little cricket against him when he coached in India A and a few series a few years ago when he came to New Zealand.
“He coached those guys and the Indian U-19 team. So it’s just great to communicate a little bit with them. Of course I would love to have a little bit more interaction during this series, but he’s an absolute legend in the game So if I could choose his brain, it would be incredible, ”he said.
Rachin made his international debut against Bangladesh earlier this year when they lost the T20 series of five matches 2-3 in Bangladesh. He was also part of the New Zealand group that braved India in the World Test Championship final but did not make it through to play XI in June.
In the first T20I in Jaipur, Rachin was bowled for seven by Mohammed Siraj.
Describing the opportunity to play against India in their own backyard, he said: “All kinds of nations always want a chance to play in India and I think it has been a rather surreal experience so far. This T20 is very special.”
Left-hander Rachin also spoke about Indian spinner heritage and said spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is very special to him.
“They’ve been doing this for a very long time. They’re world class spinners, especially Ashwin, he has an incredible record and he’s been around for a long time and the variations are incredible. Personally I have not been in contact yet and would love to to choose his brain, “he concluded.
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