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Thursday, November 25, 2021

two debutants at Kanpur test !

Remember seeing that Chepauk Test 45 years ago ! – fresh on memory is Venkat bending on his knees to send Peter Petherick for a 6 and scoring 64 !  .. .. it was a 7 day affair – the first day 26 Nov was washed out due to rains – then on day 2 Sunil Gavaskar and Anshuman Gaekwad were back in the pavilion with score reading 3/2  with Nov 29 being a rest day, the match concluded on playing day 6 – a resounding in for the Bishan Bedi led Indians, in a test where Lance Cairns bowled fiercely.  There was another famed offie on whom we had read something.  Offspinner Peter Petherick  landed in India fresh after a hat-trick   on his Test debut, against Pakistan in Lahore   at the age of 34, having only made his first-class debut for Otago a year earlier, his victims were - Javed Miandad, Wasim Raja and Intikhab Alam. But he played only 6 tests !! 

AT Kanpur today there were two debutants – one had been around since 2017, having played 22 ODI & 32 T2oI -  at stumps, India 258 for 4 (Iyer 75*, Gill 52, Jadeja 50*, Jamieson 3-47). Shreyas Iyer scored a debut half-century full of calculated aggression against spin and put on an unbroken 113 for the fifth wicket with Ravindra Jadeja to lift India out of a tricky situation midway through day one and put them in control of the Kanpur Test. At stumps, India were 258 for 4 with Iyer batting on 75, his last scoring shot of the day a muscular six over midwicket off Will Somerville, which convinced New Zealand to go off for bad light rather than bowl more spin to complete the 90-over requirement for the day. Jadeja, meanwhile, had just reached his 17th half-century in Test cricket.


India played only five specialist batters, despite missing Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant, is a measure of their confidence. .. .. then there is another debutant - Wellington Firebirds all-rounder Rachin Ravindra has become the youngest New Zealand Test debutant since Ish Sodhi (Bangladesh, 2013), after finding a place in the playing eleven against India in the first Test of the two-match series here. The 22-year-old will wear Test cap number 282 and bat at seven in a spin-strong bowling line-up featuring Ajaz Patel, Will Somerville and pacemen Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson. 

Rachin Ravindra  born to Indian parents in Wellington, New Zealand in 1999 had been named after Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. He was part of New Zealand's squads for the 2016 Under-19 Cricket World Cup and the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.  In 2018 U19 WC, ICC named Ravindra as the rising star of the squad. In April 2021, Ravindra was named in New Zealand's Test squad for their series against England,  and for the final of the 2019–21 ICC World Test Championship  Ravindra made his T20I debut Sept 21 against  Bangladesh.  Today he made his debut and has so far bowled 7 overs only.


The 22-year-old has joined the likes of Deepak Patel, Ish Sodhi, Jeetan Patel, Jeet Raval, Ajaz Patel, Ronnie Hira, and Tarun Nethula as Indian-origin cricketers to play for the Black Caps. Ravindra’s father Ravi Krishnamurthy, a software system architect from Bengaluru moved to New Zealand in the 1990s, & is the founder of the Hutt Hawks Club in New Zealand, which brings players over to India every summer. With the Hutt Hawks team, Rachin has been annually visiting India since 2011 to play the red ball cricket across Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Chennai. 

Interesting ! 

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

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