DUBAI: New Zealand’s batting prodigy Rachin Ravindra has shown immense batting prowess during the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023, which earned him the coveted ICC Player of the Month award for October 2023.
Ravindra faced tough competition from South African opening batter Quinton de Kock and Indian pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah for the prestigious award, however, he succeeded on the back of his tremendous performances in his maiden ICC World Cup campaign.
Ravindra kicked off his ICC World Cup 2023 with an unbeaten 123 against England, followed by a half-century against the Netherlands. He later scored another century in the month of October in the nail-biting thriller against Australia.
He scored a total of 406 runs from six outings at an average of 81.20 with the help of two centuries and two half-centuries during the month.
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Ravindra is currently the highest run-scorer in the ICC World Cup 2023, having accumulated 565 runs at a staggering average of 70.62 and has been a major factor in New Zealand’s campaign.
He expressed his gratitude for winning the ICC Player of the Month award.
“I’m very grateful to win this award,” Ravindra said from India.
“It’s been a special month personally and for the team. Being able to play a World Cup in India has been incredibly special,” he further added.
Ravindra also thanked his teammates for supporting him and allowing him to play his natural game.
“Being backed by the team helps a lot, being able to go out there with a lot of freedom, and play your natural game,” Ravindra added.
“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.”