What rachin ravindra said ahead of Bangladesh tour.

After an amazing show in the 2023 World Cup, New Zealand’s Rachin Ravindra is calling his cricket journey “pretty surreal.” Now, he’s all set to make a mark in red-ball cricket for the team.

Rachin Ravindra last played a Test against Bangladesh in Mount Maunganui in January 2022, but his outstanding performance in the World Cup got him back into the New Zealand side for a two-match Test series against Bangladesh. In the World Cup, he scored a whopping 543 runs, hitting three centuries and two half-centuries.

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“Pretty surreal,” Rachin said in Sylhet as New Zealand prepared to take on the hosts in the first Test from November 28 which marks the start of the third cycle of the World Test Championship for both teams. “Things have happened quite quickly, and I am very fortunate to be here right now. At my age, being able to travel around the world playing cricket, playing a game you love for a living, is pretty special. [It] definitely has its ups and downs, but mostly I love every single moment.

“Look, I think it’s a testament to the team environment: to be able to come in and play with freedom, and enjoy my time learning from those guys who have been here for so long. It’s been great to rub shoulders with everyone, and hopefully I can keep learning from them.”

“I enjoy going back to red-ball cricket after that (ODIs) because that means your intent… you are almost looking to score, so, I mean, [it] keeps you in a good position to score,” said Rachin. “But probably here [in Bangladesh] it depends on the conditions, what the pitch is doing and it’s probably going to dial that back a little bit, not as many risks. You can still play your natural game, by understanding the surface and the situation of the game dictates you.

“I think we sometimes don’t understand how long a Test match really is – you have five days of 90 overs each day, so there’s a lot of time here, so hopefully we can bring that calmness in the group from the one-dayers to the red-ball stuff. I really loved my first experience of Test cricket a couple of years ago, and [I am] really excited to see how my game has evolved,” he said.

Ravindra also mentioned that his batting role is going to be different from the World Cup. In the World Cup, he batted at No. 3, but now, at 24 years old, he’s expected to play in the middle order for his team.

“It’s a different role for sure; it’s not a new ball – I might come in and straightaway face a spinner. So [it’s] just [about] wrapping your head around that and seeing what sort of way you can adjust your game plan and get used to facing slower bowling instead of seam up top. But the beauty of it [is that] you contribute whatever way you can for the team no matter what role it is, and hopefully you contribute to a win,” he said.

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