NZ uncapped, Rachin Ravindra talks about mental shift considering Bangladesh conditions


New Zealand uncapped all-rounder, Rachin Ravindra feels that the Black Caps will need to bring down their expectations of scoring runs in the middle overs.

Kiwi uncapped player, Rachin Ravindra said on Friday that the visitors will need to lighten their expectations of run-scoring in the middle overs to get succeed in Bangladesh in the upcoming T20I series. He looked to have done his homework well before his arrival in Bangladesh.

New Zealand’s squad preparation is going in full charge for the upcoming series against the hosts at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Friday after their three days hotel quarantine.

In the recent series against Australia, Bangladesh spinners were able to knock down Australia’s batting line-up, which resulted in low totals throughout the series. 

New Zealand too is hopeful to come up against similar conditions where spin will be Bangladesh’s go-to arm. Kiwi uncapped all-rounder, Ravindra believes that kiwis should be mentally strong when it comes to batting against spinners with the slower balls

He further added that it’s good to get the ball in hand and the series which starts from September 1, is going to be a huge challenge for them.

”Yes, definitely (we need to have the mental shift). Maybe getting six runs per over is a good result here whereas in New Zealand facing a spinner if you are taking 8-10 runs then that is a good result,”

Ravindra said after the opening day session.

”Now I understand our expectation for scoring runs, especially in the middle of the innings needs to be down a bit and if we consider their series against the Aussies, the par-score was 130, so, I guess we should bring down our expectations a little, and understand, that maybe, if they bowl, a couple of dots, then it’s okay as long as you are in the middle you can make it up,”

he said.

The 21-year-old who was part of the Kiwi side in 2016 with the under-19 team, feels that modifying to the heat in Bangladesh always remains a major challenge, given the conflicting conditions that hosts offer in comparison to New Zealand. 

New Zealand has lost their last seven completed ODIs in Bangladesh – in 2010 and 2013.

”I think it’s massive (heat). The first training is always a little more difficult and in the next few days we would understand how much water we need to drink,”

said Ravindra.

”It’s something different from what we expect in New Zealand but it’s just good to acclimatize with the condition and heat and all those stuff,”

he said.

”It’s good to get the ball in the hand, and feel the grass underneath and feel the pitch conditions it’s turning a bit more, and holding a bit, so it’s quite a challenge for us to try in the next few days to acclimatize and come up with a game plan,”

he said.

The T20I series between Bangladesh and New Zealand are starting on September 1, at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

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