New Zealand player Rachin Ravindra was seen visiting his grandparents’ home in Bengaluru during his visit to India during the ongoing World Cup. In a video that went viral online, he was seen getting the ‘Nazar Utarna’ ritual done at the residence. The 23-year-old cricketer was calmly seated on a sofa as an elderly woman (believed to be his grandmom) performed the ritual on him. WATCH VIDEO:
Rachin's ‘Nazar Utarna’ done in viral video
The video showed Rachin wearing a black tee and short pants, patiently sitting on the couch as the woman recited some mantras to shoo away the evil eye and neutralise its effects. She held something in her closed fist which she showed in all directions and across the body of the player to complete the ritual. She repeatedly moved her hand across his head during the ‘Nazar Utarna’ procedure. After that, he was asked to stand up and move aside to a different place.
NZ player's bonding with his grandparents
It goes unsaid that Rachin and his grandparents share an adorable bond of mutual love and admiration. While the recent video showing him taking blessings from his ‘grandmother’ at their Bengaluru home surfaced online, another instance of their closeness left people touched when his grandparents witnessed the NZ vs PAK match from the Bengaluru stadium and proudly cheered for their grandson Rachin Ravindra from the seats.
More about Rachin Ravindra
Rachin Ravindra became the first NZ player to score three hundred in a single edition of the World Cup after he created history on November 4 against Pakistan. It is said that his name is derived from two lead players in Indian cricket - Sachin and Rahul. Similar to fans cheering for the God of Cricket, crowds all chant his name saying, “Raachin, Raachin...”
Talking of his family, his father Ravi Krishnamurthy flew to New Zealand which makes Rachin have Indian roots. Reportedly, the NZ player’s grandfather Balakrishna Adiga is a noted educationist who lives in South Bengaluru along with his beloved wife Poornima Adiga.