Cricket: Rachin Ravindra's Blackcaps call-up 15-years in the making

Young Wellington Firebirds batsman Rachin Ravindra has capped off a meteoric rise with selection in the Blackcaps squad to travel to England next month.

It's the culmination of a 15-year journey alongside his first coach - his dad -  who introduced him to the game and has been there every step of the way at all times of the day.

The routine has been the same every day for Ravindra, with the talented batsman facing hundreds of balls in the nets from his dad Ravi.

"There was nobody else who would come and help me when I needed him to come to throw balls," Ravindra tells Newshub.

The 21-year-old's love affair with the sport started in the backyard and it's seen him becoming a prolific domestic player.

"When I was two or three years old, I would chuck all the balls in the yard, and I'd just go with a plastic bat and just hit balls around," he says.

The Firebirds opener and his dad have been practising together in the nets ever since.

"He would sit at the corner of my bed and wake me up," Ravi tells Newshub. "He may wake up at like 4:30 in the morning and we did that for many, many years."

Ravindra's practice wouldn't just be before school - it would also be after and then all day on the weekends.

"I used to pack up his breakfast, lunch and dinner to go," Ravi Ravindra tells Newshub. "We'd start at say six or seven o'clock and finish about the same time in the evening."

All the hours spent with dad is something that isn't lost on Ravindra, who feels he wouldn't be in the position he is today without him.

"He's made incredible sacrifices for me to be where I am today," Ravindra says. "I couldn't have done it without him or mum.

"Him making himself available 5 o'clock in the morning and after work, even during work... I'm eternally grateful to him for that." 

His parents have supported him through high school, Wellington and New Zealand development sides, and now he's on the verge of a Blackcaps debut, but he's still taking advice from his dad.

"We've always been proud, but it is a serious honour and privilege to represent New Zealand or any country," Ravi tells Newshub.

"We know the challenge starts now. Getting there is one thing, but being consistent and good enough to win games is a whole different thing, so he's got a lot to learn. 

"He can be as good as what he wants - the sky's the limit."

Making his debut for the Blackcaps will be a lifelong dream 15 years in the making.

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