With over 120 IPL matches under his belt, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batsman Ambati Rayudu is an IPL veteran who has scored 2786 runs at a decent average of 28.72. Since making his IPL debut back in 2010, Rayudu has managed to hit 16 half-centuries is among the most consistent batsman in the league over the past few seasons. Having played the last 7 seasons with Mumbai Indians, it was quite surprising to see the Rohit Sharma led franchise not retaining Rayudu for the current season but their loss has been CSK’s gain, who find themselves at the top of points table largely thanks to the efforts of the 32-year-old.
Rayudu has scored 370 runs in 8 matches till now in IPL 2018 and is averaging 46.25 with a strike-rate of 156.11 and has already hit 2 half-centuries in winning causes for CSK. With MS Dhoni leading the team, CSK are looking set to reach yet another play-off. In this article, we will look at 10 facts about Ambati Rayudu that you should know.
Made his first-class debut when he was only 16
Just like some of the greats, Ambati Rayudu to made his debut at a very young age.He was only 16 when the former Mumbai Indians made his first-class debut for Hyderabad in 2002. Over his long career, Rayudu has managed to score over 5800 first-class runs including 15 centuries and 2 half-centuries. Apart from Hyderabad, he has also played for Andhra Pradesh, Vidarbha and Baroda in the domestic arena.
He was the captain of Indian Under-19 team in 2004 World Cup
Not many people will be aware but Ambati Rayudu was the captain of the India Under-19 team that participated in the 2004 World Cup. The CSK batsman was leading a side with numerous future international stars Suresh Raina, Irfan Pathan, Dinesh Karthik, RP Singh, and Shikhar Dhawan. Ironically, Rayudu was the last player from the squad to make an international debut
Rayudu was banned by BCCI in 2007
Ambati Rayudu was part of the now disbanded Indian Cricket League, where he played two seasons with the Hyderabad Heroes. After defending his decision to join the ‘rebel’ league, Rayudu decided to take the amnesty offered by BCCI in 2009 for the players who had been banned for their participation in a league not recognised by the BCCI.
Ambati Rayudu is not the calmest person on the field
After several reports emerged that Ambati Rayudu had a problem and a confrontation with the then-Hyderabad coach Rajesh Yadav, the right-handed batsman decided to leave the team and join Andhra. This isn’t the only incident where Rayudu has lost his cool. He has been involved in other ugly spats and has been reported several times for showing disrespect to the umpire.
His return to Ranji Trophy pushed his case for IPL selection
When Ambati Rayudu returned into the BCCI fold following the amnesty provided by the board, he came back to play for Hyderabad and averaged 43 from 7 matches in the 2009–10 Ranji Trophy and 50 from 5 matches in the 2009–10 Vijay Hazare Trophy. The excellent performance by the Andhra player prompted Mumbai Indians to put their faith in him for the 2010 IPL season.
Shifted to Baroda from Hyderabad
After a successful 2009-2010 season with Hyderabad, Ambati Rayudu decided to join Baroda prior to the 2010-2011 season after his former team was relegated to the plate division. In his first season with Baroda, Rayudu was the teams leading run-getter with 566 runs in 9 matches, which included one double century and 3 half-centuries.
Is on his way to better his previous best IPL performance
In 2010, Ambati Rayudu enjoyed his best season in the IPL scoring 395 runs in 16 matches with an average of 28.21. In that season he scored 4 half-centuries. In the current IPL season 11, Rayudu has already scored 370 runs in 8 matches and is just 26 runs away from having his best IPL season ever.
Impressive on his ODI debut
After playing season after season of domestic cricket, Ambati Rayudu finally made his international debut for India on 24th July 2013 against Zimbabwe. He played a very important hand in the match, scoring 63 runs and forming a brilliant partnership with Virat Kohli, who got a century on that day. Rayudu’s effort didn’t go in vain as India secured an easy win. He became only the 12 Indian player to score a half-century on debut.
First international wicket – Alastair Cook
Although Ambati Rayudu is mainly known for his batting, he is also a decent part-time right arm off-break bowler. During India’s tour to England in 2014, Rayudu dismissed Alastair Cook to claim his first international wicket. After that he top-scorer with 64 to guide India to a 6-wicket win. In all Rayudu has 3 international ODI wickets.
Excellent international record
Unlike his under-19 team-mates from 2004, Rayudu has found it difficult to maintain his place in the Indian national team but that’s very surprising to see given that his record at the senior level is excellent. In 34 ODI matches he has played till now, he has scored 1055 at an average of 50.23 which includes 2 hundreds and 6 half-centuries. In all Rayudu has won 2 man of the match awards in his short international career.
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