Rachin Ravindra amassed 565 runs at an average of 70.62 in the ongoing World Cup.© AFP
On the back of a series of memorable knocks in the group stages of the ICC World Cup 2023 in India, New Zealand’s young gun Rachin Ravindra claimed the ICC Men’s Player of the Month award for October 2023. Ravindra beat India’s speedster Jasprit Bumrah and South Africa opener Quinton de Kock for the prestigious accolade after a scorching start to the 2023 World Cup, claiming his maiden Player of the Month award.
Ravindra, a 23-year-old batter, shone amid New Zealand’s scorching start to their World Cup campaign. Despite having only 12 ODI appearances prior to the competition, Ravindra immediately made headlines by striking a brilliant 123 not out in their nine-wicket opening day victory over defending champions England in Ahmedabad.
The 23-year-old batter scored an unbeaten 123 against England in the tournament opener and then added another century later in the month with an equally stunning 116 against Australia.
He continued to simmer with stylish half-centuries against the Netherlands (51) and India (75), before his next century came in the thrilling match against Australia at Dharamsala, where he smashed 116 in 89 balls, bringing New Zealand within touching distance of a mammoth 389 target before falling five runs short.
In total, Ravindra amassed 565 runs at an average of 70.62 in the ongoing tournament.
“I’m very grateful to win this award. It’s been a special month personally and for the team. Being able to play a World Cup in India has been incredibly special. Being backed by the team helps a lot, being able to go out there with a lot of freedom, and play your natural game. The lucky thing is the wickets have been really nice to bat on, suits my game in terms of being positive and taking the game on,” Ravindra said from India as quoted by ICC.
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