Rachin Ravindra
Rachin Ravindra, Ajaz Patel (Image: Twitter)

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New Zealand’s debutant Rachin Ravindra was elated and relieved after securing a last-gasp draw against India on Day 5 of the Kanpur Test. He also said that the final moments were nervy but he was happy to help the team to a fighting draw.

Ravindra and Ajaz Patel combined for the tenth wicket to survive 8.4 overs of spin bowling. Eventually, the fading light stopped play ten minutes early, giving the visitors a satisfying draw from a position where they were sure to lose.

In an interview after the game, Patel asked: “I remember my first Test match, I was really nervous, and my hands were shaking when I first got the ball. How was it for you?

Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel
Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel. Image-Twitter

I felt a bit nervous bowling-wise. We were about four down in the first innings when I was next, so definitely felt a few butterflies (that time), but I think after a few balls, I did what I do. Luckily it ended up okay.

Being able to play in India in front of crazy fans. Glad to have done that. My mum and dad have been such big influences on my career. I am sure that they are proud. We did it together bro,” Ravindra responded.

“It’s a moment I will never forget” – Rachin Ravindra

Most of the players would be happy to make their debut for the national team but to end up delivering a memorable performance is something they can never forget. Rachin Ravindra candidly admitted that he will remember his debut for a long long time.

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Rachin Ravindra
Rachin Ravindra (Image: Twitter)

I think I was actually alright in the end, I knew my process, my training, and I backed myself to do it. You are kind of pretty focussed, taking in the crowd, you know, how loud they were. It was quite nerve-wracking. I guess we (he and Patel) somehow managed our nerves together. It’s a moment I will never forget,” Ravindra added.

With the first Test drawn, India and New Zealand will play the second Test in Mumbai from December 3-7.

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