Rachin Ravindra Becomes Youngest Recipient Of Sir Richard Hadlee Medal


The biggest discovery of New Zealand's World Cup campaign in India, Rachin Ravindra on Wednesday became the youngest recipient of the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal after being named the country's men's cricketer of the year. Among women, Mellie Kerr won major awards at the New Zealand Cricket Awards. Kane Williamson was recognized for his excellent form on the Test field, winning the ANZ Test Player of the Year Award and the Redpath Cup for men's first-class batting.

At 24, Ravindra is the youngest winner in the history of the award, after a season that has seen him become a mainstay of New Zealand's red and white ball teams.

After coming into the team in March last year, Ravindra shone in the ODI World Cup in India and scored 578 runs at an average of 64, including three centuries and two half-centuries, including an unbeaten one in the opening match of the tournament against England in Ahmedabad. 123 runs were also included. ,

As a result, Ravindra was named as the ICC Emerging Player of the Year for 2023, and also earned an Indian Premier League contract worth US$350,000 with Chennai Super Kings.

The Sir Richard Hadlee Medal capped a breakout season for Ravindra on the international stage, with contributions for the Kiwis across all three formats.

Ravindra continued his meteoric rise in the Test arena, scoring New Zealand's highest-ever debut Test century with 240 during the first Test against South Africa at the Bay Oval, and scoring 240 in the Blackcaps' first Test series win over South Africa. Played an important role.

He also shone on the T20 International stage, appearing in 14 of the Blackcaps' 26 T20I matches in the season and scoring a blistering 68 off 35 balls in the first T20I against Australia at the Sky Stadium.

Kerr claimed a clean sweep of the major women's awards, winning the Debbie Hockley Medal after being named ANZ ODI and T20I Player of the Year and Dream11 Super Smash Women's Player of the Year.

The leg-spinning all-rounder was the White Ferns' leading ODI run-scorer, scoring 541 runs at an average of 67, and also scored her third and fourth ODI centuries.

She was also the team's joint-leading T20 wicket-taker and second-highest T20 run scorer, with 252 runs at an average of 42 and a strike rate of 118.

Kerr's performances on the international front were recognized with selection in both the Women's ODI and T20I ICC Teams of the Year for 2023.

Kerr also led the way on the domestic front, captaining Wellington Blaze to their fourth Dream11 Super Smash title in six years, topping the run-scoring charts with 437 runs at an average of 72, and taking 20 wickets apiece. Topped the taker charts. 8 and economy of 4.47.

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