Rachin Ravindra played a sensational unbeaten innings of 123 runs off 96 balls in the ICC World Cup 2023 opener held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, helping New Zealand secure a convincing nine-wicket victory over England.
Joining Rachin Ravindra in the record books, New Zealand opener Devon Conway also notched up a century, making them the 15th and 16th batters in ODI World Cup history to achieve this milestone on their tournament debut.
Apart from that, the young batting sensation Rachin Ravindra also became the fastest and youngest batter in New Zealand‘s history to score a century on the World Cup debut. Overall, he is the third youngest batter in World Cup history to achieve this milestone.
Topping the list is Virat Kohli, who achieved the remarkable feat of scoring a century on his World Cup debut at the age of 22 years and 106 days. Following closely in second place is Andy Flower, who secured his World Cup century at the age of 23 years and 301 days. Additionally, Rachin Ravindra entered this elite club by scoring a century on his World Cup debut at the age of 23 years and 321 days.
Youngest Batters to Score a Century on World Cup Debut:
- Virat Kohli – 22 years 106 days.
- Andy Flower – 23 years 301 days.
- Rachin Ravindra – 23 years 321 days*
Notably, Rachin Ravindra was promoted to the number three batting position in the absence of their regular captain, Kane Williamson, who was unavailable for the opening match against England. It will be interesting to see how they reconfigure their playing XI once Kane Williamson returns for their next ICC World Cup 2023 match.