Rachin Ravindra, the top scorer for New Zealand in the World Cup is creating quite a stir. His grandmother thought to keep blessing him with more success in a ‘Indian Way.’
Rachin Ravindra plays for New Zealand but is a true Indian once the Kiwi jersey comes off. The southpaw proved this when he visited his grandparents 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, who adorably looked at his grandmother, melted the internet in a heartwarming clip.
Rachin and his grandma were enjoying a moment of peace when a netizen shared the video. In India it is customary to do this with young children and kids so that evil things cannot affect them. Rachin, who was the tournament’s leading run scorer with 565 runs, convinced the grandmother that it was best to keep Rachin in good form.
In India, there are many different words used to describe this culture. In Hindi it’s known as Nazar Utharna/Nazar Nikala, in Tamil it’s Sutti Podu, and in Kannada it’s Drushti tegiyodu. Ravindra comes from a very orthodox Karnataka family and his grandmother thought that it was the perfect time to bless her grandson.
The video was a hit in no time. Fans flooded the comments. One user wrote: “Love how seniors have practiced it and still follow with full dedication!” Another user commented, “Ohh that’s why he receives so much love in Chinnaswamy.. He is a local.” Another person wrote, “He’s blessed to have an amazing family.”
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