World Cup 2023: Rachin Ravindra of New Zealand secures inaugural ICC Men's Player of the Month award
Dubai, November 10: After delivering a series of outstanding performances in the group stages of the ICC World Cup 2023 in India, Rachin Ravindra, a rising star from New Zealand, has captured the prestigious ICC Men's Player of the Month award for October 2023.
Outshining India's fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah and South Africa's opener Quinton de Kock, Ravindra claimed this coveted accolade following an impressive initiation to the World Cup 2023, making a notable debut with the Player of the Month honour.
At the age of 23, Ravindra, a crucial batter for the Blackcaps, exhibited brilliance as New Zealand embarked on their World Cup 2023 journey. Despite having just 12 ODI appearances prior to the competition, Rachin Ravindra left an immediate impact by scoring an outstanding 123 not out in their nine-wicket victory over defending champions England on the opening day in Ahmedabad.
The young batsman's remarkable achievements included an unbeaten 123 against England in the tournament opener and another century later in the month with an equally impressive 116 against Australia.
Continuing his impressive form, Ravindra notched stylish half-centuries against the Netherlands (51) and India (75). His subsequent century came in the thrilling match against Australia at Dharamsala, where he scored 116 runs in 89 balls, bringing New Zealand tantalizingly close to the formidable 389-run target before falling short by five runs.
In total, Ravindra amassed 565 runs at an impressive average of 70.62 in the ongoing tournament.
"I'm very grateful to win this award. It's been a special month personally and for the team. Playing a World Cup in India has been incredibly special. Being backed by the team helps a lot, being able to go out there with a lot of freedom, and play your natural game. The lucky thing is the wickets have been really nice to bat on, suits my game in terms of being positive and taking the game on," expressed Ravindra from India, as quoted by ICC.