New Zealand’s emerging talent, Rachin Ravindra, is gearing up for a challenging two-Test series against Bangladesh, set to commence on 28 November.
Ravindra caught everyone’s attention with an exceptional performance in the recently concluded ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. Scoring 578 runs at an average of 64.22, including three centuries and two half-centuries, and securing five wickets with his left-arm spin, he made a mark on the world stage.
In a video released by New Zealand Cricket, Ravindra shared insights into the Test series, drawing from his recent white-ball experience. He highlighted the importance of adjusting to the conditions, emphasizing the shift in approach between white-ball and red-ball cricket.
“Returning to red-ball cricket after the recent white-ball experience means a positive intent, focusing on scoring. However, it’s crucial to adapt to pitch conditions, minimizing risks while maintaining a natural game” said Ravindra.
He stressed the significance of understanding the Test’s duration, acknowledging the extended format and the need for a composed approach throughout the match.
Transitioning to Test cricket in the sub-continent, Ravindra acknowledged the different challenges it presents, particularly adjusting to facing spinners early in the innings. He emphasized the importance of contributing to the team in any role and adapting to the game’s demands.
Ravindra also discussed his strategy regarding his left-arm spin, aiming for a quicker pace and precision in line and length, considering the conditions in Bangladesh.
New Zealand’s tour of Bangladesh will comprise two Tests in Sylhet and Mirpur, offering a significant opportunity for Rachin Ravindra to showcase his skills in the longer format.