KOLKATA: Soft hands. Rachin Ravindra is all about them. And supple wrists. The man whose name is a portmanteau of Rahul (Dravid) and Sachin (Tendulkar) needs that to stay on top of the gripping ball. Let's also not forget those nerves of steel invisible but most vital ally in stonewalling the best spin attack in the world.
Years down the line, the scoreboard will not highlight this extraordinary spell of resistance so here's summing it up for the record's sake. On debut, all of 22, back to the wall on an up and down Green Park pitch with close-in fielders swarming him, one eye on the ticking down overs count and the other on Nitin Menon's light meter as the Kanpur sun played peekaboo, Ravindra eked out an improbable draw in the company of fellow Kiwi-of-Indian-origin Ajaz Patel, acing a gripping trial by spin.
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