Double Test ton for Rachin Ravindra

Double Test ton for Rachin Ravindra

Rachin Ravindra’s remarkable breakthrough summer has continued with a massive maiden Test double century for the BLACKCAPS, following his record-breaking trio of World Cup centuries in India earlier this season.

After making his Test debut in India towards the end of 2021, Ravindra has already demonstrated his star potential four times.

In the first home test of the 2023–24 season for the BLACKCAPS against South Africa, the youthful left-hander amassed a double century, leaving his previous high of 18 not out from six innings in the dust.

Before Ravindra followed suit and raised his bat for his first century yesterday, Kane Williamson had already achieved a century in their home Test match at Mount Maunganui. The two shared an incredible 232 runs for the third wicket.

After 280 minutes and 189 balls, Ravindra scored his first-ever century in a Test match with 10 boundaries and a six.

Now, he has more than doubled that total, hitting his 200* on a bright Monday afternoon in Bay of Plenty from 340 balls in 499 minutes, with 21 boundaries and one six.

After Tom Blundell was apprehended at the non-striker’s on 199*, Ravindra maintained her composure. After the South Africans applied some solid pressure to slow down the scoring rate, Glenn Phillips was sent to the middle at 391/5, with Phillips taking most of the strike for his first two overs.
Yet once more, Ravindra maintained his composure, drawing applause from the attentive audience each time he faced a ball as Dane Paterson kept him on 199* for what seemed like an eternity.

After finally finding a single off Neil Brand, Ravindra became one of only three BLACKCAPS in history to achieve the feat of turning a maiden Test ton into a maiden Test double ton, along with Martin Donnelly, Mathew Sinclair, and Devon Conway.

Live radio commentary on SENZ and live streaming of the match are available on TVNZ+.

Ultimately, just before tea on the second day, Ravindra was removed for 240, the greatest total by any Test batsman at Bay Oval and the highest first double century by a New Zealander.

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