Rachin Ravindra Refuses To Share Player Of The Match Award With Kane Williamson
Rachin Ravindra & Kane Williamson (x.com)
New Zealand's young sensation Rachin Ravindra declined to share his Player of the Match(POTM) award with star batter and captain Kane Williamson following their outstanding performances in the first Test match against South Africa in Mount Maunganui.
Ravindra's refusal came despite his monumental innings of 240 runs in New Zealand's first innings, where he formed a crucial 232-run partnership with Williamson. The all-rounder's stellar performance marked his maiden Test century, distinguishing him as only the fourth Kiwi batter to convert a first Test ton into a double hundred.
Responding to the suggestion of sharing the award with Williamson, Ravindra bluntly stated, "Nah, not at all. He's got 31 Test hundreds for my one so I'm not giving that one."
Ravindra's decision showcased his determination to be recognized for his individual contribution to the team's victory, emphasising the importance of personal achievements in cricket and it was his first POTM award in Test Cricket.
Acknowledging Williamson's influence on his subdued celebrations, Ravindra remarked, "He's the influence so I guess that's how it turned out."
Despite his admiration for Williamson's batting accomplishments, Ravindra stood firm in his decision not to share the accolade, highlighting the competitive spirit within the team.
New Zealand's resounding victory in the first Test was fueled by the stellar performances of Ravindra and Williamson, who guided their team to a commanding 281-run win over South Africa. Williamson's impressive scores of 118 and 109 in the match solidified his position among New Zealand's elite players, while Ravindra's maiden Test century, elevated to a remarkable double hundred, showcased his emerging talent on the international stage.
New Zealand holds a 1-0 lead in the two-test match series against South Africa, with the second test scheduled at Seddon Park, Hamilton on February 13th.