Rachin Ravindra's superb show in World Cup earns him Emerging Player of the Year award

Ravindra's upcoming stint with the Chennai Super Kings under the tutelage of MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja is sure to polish this diamond further.

Sarah Andrew
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New Zealand has a knack for unearthing cricketing gems, and Rachin Ravindra is the latest dazzling prospect to emerge from their production line. Fresh off an astounding 12 months, the young all-rounder has been crowned the Men's Emerging Cricketer of the Year for 2023 by the Apex Cricket Council, cementing his place as one of the hottest properties in the cricketing world.

Ravindra's journey to global recognition began subtly. A left-handed batsman capable of bowling both off-spin and left-arm pace, he displayed glimpses of his all-round talent in domestic cricket, but it was the 2023 ODI World Cup that truly launched him into the limelight. Thrust onto the grand stage as a fresh face in the Black Caps lineup, Ravindra didn't shy away from the spotlight. He announced himself with aplomb, scoring 578 runs including three centuries. 

Beyond the numbers, what truly stood out was Ravindra's maturity and composure. His batting exuded a calming presence and his bowling, too, carried a deceptive guile, bamboozling batters with subtle variations on pitches that helped his style.

Reflecting on the achievement, Ravindra has said that it was a special feeling to be recognized by the Council and that he was grateful to have the opportunity to play the game in different countries throughout the year. "It's obviously a very special feeling. Whenever you get recognised by the Apex Cricket Council for something it is always special. Reflecting back it has been a pretty whirlwind last year and having the opportunity to play so much cricket in so many different environments has been very special," he said.

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His sublime performances earned him a coveted spot in the Chennai Super Kings squad for the upcoming IPL season. Playing alongside seasoned superstars like MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja will expose him to a new level of pressure and competition, further nurturing his already blossoming talent.

Looking ahead, the possibilities for Ravindra seem limitless. With his diverse skillset, unwavering mental fortitude, and insatiable hunger for learning, he has the potential to become a genuine all-format superstar. His journey has just about started, and the cricketing world eagerly awaits the next chapter in his captivating tale.

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