In a captivating semifinal match against India in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023, New Zealand’s Rachin Ravindra made a significant mark by equaling Kane Williamson‘s record for accumulating the most runs in a single edition of the ODI World Cup by a New Zealand batter.
Ravindra reached the milestone, matching Williamson’s 2019 World Cup tally of 578 runs. This achievement places him as the third Kiwi batter to score more than 500 runs in a single edition of the World Cup. The first to achieve this feat was Martin Guptill, who scored 547 runs in the 2015 World Cup.
The left-hander, only 23 years old, showcased his prowess in the ongoing tournament with three centuries, making him the Kiwi batter with the most World Cup hundreds in a single edition. However, Ravindra’s pursuit to surpass Williamson’s record was cut short as he nicked behind to KL Rahul off Mohammed Shami in the eighth over of New Zealand’s run-chase, departing with 13 runs off 22 balls.
Despite this setback, Ravindra’s outstanding performance in his debut World Cup has been noteworthy. His prolific run in the tournament earned him a recall to New Zealand’s Test squad for the upcoming two-match series in Bangladesh in November and December.
As the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 unfolds, Rachin Ravindra’s contributions with the bat add a compelling narrative to New Zealand’s campaign, further solidifying his status as a rising star in international cricket.