In a Cricket World Cup 2023 match, Australia defeated New Zealand by 5 runs, despite Rachin Ravindra’s century being in vain.
In a Cricket World Cup 2023 encounter between Australia and New Zealand, batsman Rachin Ravindra of New Zealand continued his incredible run. With Ravindra scoring 116 off 89 balls, New Zealand had a good chance of reaching the 389-run goal, but the Australians prevailed in spite of a heroic last stand by Jimmy Neesham. During the press conference, Rachin was questioned not just about his mid-performance but also on his “Indian roots” and the love he received from the crowd.
Rachin was questioned about the strain of playing in India due to his Indian ancestry during the press conference held following New Zealand’s defeat by Australia.
“Well, I suppose this is a topic that people ask me a lot, but I suppose I’m 100% Kiwi and I’m really proud of my Indian heritage. To be able to do it in the nation where my parents were born, raised, and where a large portion of my family resides, I suppose is a source of pride. However, I believe that the batting conditions are favourable and that having been able to visit India on tours in the past has allowed me to strive to improve rather than perfect my game. That must be helpful in some manner, Ravindra answered.
Given that Dharamsala was a “neutral venue” for the Kiwis, Rachin was also questioned about the support he received from the locals there.
Indeed, this was undoubtedly one of the best audiences we have ever played to in India, and I felt that the way they reacted to the game and the attention they received made it very memorable. A child’s dream is to hear the audience sing your name, therefore it was exciting to witness that happen several times, especially during Australian batting and during Nish Neesham’s heroics towards the finish. Thus, I believe it’s always unique; you kind of savour such times, and hopefully we never truly take them for granted,” he remarked.
Notwithstanding the defeat, New Zealand is still in good enough shape to make it to the 2023 Cricket World Cup semifinals.