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Watch | Rachin Ravindra’s grandmother blesses star batter with unique ritual

Watch | Rachin Ravindra’s grandmother blesses star batter with unique ritual

Rachin Ravindra is creating quite a storm in World Cup by top scoring for New Zealand. His grandmother thought to keep blessing him with more success in a 'Indian Way.'

Rachin Ravindra may be playing for New Zealand, but he is a true blue Indian when the Kiwi jersey is off. The proof of that was evidenced when the southpaw visited his grandparents’ home in Bengaluru. The 22-year-old quietly sitting in front of his grandmother when she was doing an age-old tradition of ‘Nazar Utharo’ (Keep evil things away from Rachin). The Kiwi all-rounder adorably kept looking at his grandmother and melted the internet with a heartwarming video.

One of the netizens shared the video on social media as Rachin and his grandmother had a moment to savor. In India, it is a tradition to follow this custom with young kids and children so that no evil things have an effect on them. With Rachin being the leading run scorer in the tournament, scoring 565 runs, the grandmother thought it was best to keep Rachin’s form going.

This culture is very popular throughout India and there are different words to describe it. In Hindi, it’s called Nazar Utharna/Nazar Nikala in Tamil, it is Sutti Podu and in Kannada, it’s called Drushti tegiyodu. Since Ravindra is from Karnataka and a very orthodox family, his grandmother thought it the best time to bless his grandson.

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The video went viral in no time, and fans flooded the comments section. One of the users wrote, “Love how senior folks have practiced and still follow it with full dedication!”. Another one commented, “Ohh, that’s why he gets so much love in Chinnaswamy.. he is a local boy.” Another one wrote, “He is blessed to have such an amazing family.”


Rachin Ravindra continues red-hot form, takes New Zealand to semis of WC

Speaking about Rachin, the southpaw continued from where he left off against Pakistan, by scoring yet another match-winning knock of 42 against Sri Lanka. Rachin’s knock helped New Zealand to beat Lankans by five wickets and book a place in the semi-final.


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