IND vs NZ LIVE: Rachin Ravindra, whose name includes Sachin and Rahul, want to pick Dravid’s brain

New Zealand allrounder, whose name includes Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, is excited to learn from India head coach during the ongoing T20I series. He is eager to interact with Dravid calling him an absolute legend.

“Dravid is an absolute legend in the game and I played a bit of cricket against him when he was coaching in India A and a few series a couple of years ago when he came to New Zealand.

“He was coaching those guys and the India U-19 team. So it’s just awesome to interact with them a little bit. Obviously, I’d love to interact a little bit more during this series, but he’s an absolute legend in the game. So if I can pick his brains it would be amazing,” he said.

The left-arm spinner Rachin also spoke about Indian spin legacy. He said off-spinner R Ashwin is very special to him.

“They’ve been doing it for a really long time. They’re world class spinners especially Ashwin he’s got an incredible record and been around for a long time and the variations are incredible. Personally, I have not been in touch and would love to pick his brains any time,” he stated.

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 greatest cricketers Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar.

“Honestly, I’m not too sure. I’ve never really asked mom and dad where the name has come from… I guess you’d have to ask them,” he said.

  • Rachin was born in Wellington to Indian parents, Ravi Krishnamurthy and Deepa Krishnamurthy, both of whom 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 during that time he first caught up with Dravid, who was the coach of India juniors.
  • Rachin made his international debut against Bangladesh earlier in the year when they lost the five-match T20 series 2-3 in Bangladesh.
  • He was also part of the New Zealand squad that took on India in the World Test Championship final but did not make it to playing XI in June.
  • In the first T20I in Jaipur, Rachin was bowled for seven by Mohammed Siraj.

Describing the opportunity to play against India at their own backyard, he said: “All sorts of nations always want to get a chance to play in India and I think it’s been a pretty surreal experience so far. This T20 is very special.”