Rachin Ravindra Breaks 25-Year-Old Record During First Test Against South Africa

Rachin Ravindra Breaks 25-Year-Old Record During First Test Against South Africa

Rachin Ravindra in action© AFP

New Zealand all-rounder Rachin Ravindra secured a unique batting record during the first Test against South Africa on Monday. During the second day of the Test match at Mount Maunganui, Rachin registered the highest score by a maiden century-maker in the history of New Zealand Cricket. In his innings, Rachin scored 240 in 366 balls, with 26 fours and three sixes. His runs came at a strike rate of over 65. He has overtaken the record of former Kiwi batter Matthew Sinclair, who scored 214 against West Indies on his debut in 1999.

Leading upto the Test, Ravindra had just played six innings and scored 73 runs at an average of just above 18. Now, in four Tests and seven innings, he has scored 313 runs and his average has rocketed to 52.16. His previous best Test score has also gone from 18* to 240.

At the age of 24 years and 79 days, he is the second-youngest to score a Test double ton for Kiwis. Sinclair is the youngest Kiwi batter to score a double ton at 24 years and 47 days.

Rachin emerged as one of the biggest stars of the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, ending as the fourth-highest run-getter with 578 runs in 10 matches at an average of 106.44, with three centuries and two fifties.

He also recently won the ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year Award for 2023.

Coming to the match, the Kiwis were bowled out for 511 in their first innings after being put to bat first by the Proteas. Besides Rachin’s 240, Kane Williamson’s 30th Test century, 118 in 289 balls, with 16 fours and handy knocks by Glenn Phillips (39) and Daryl Mitchell (34) guided the Kiwis to a big score.

SA’s uncapped skipper Neil Brand took 6/119 on Test debut and was the pick of the bowlers.

Now, SA is batting in their first innings and has lost their four wickets quickly.

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