- Ambati Rayudu
- Current Team
|FULL NAME||Ambati Thirupathi Rayudu|
|BORN||September 23, 1985|
Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
|BATTING STYLE||Right Handed|
|BOWLING RANK||ODI – NA, T20I – NA, IPL – NA, CL – NA|
|TEAMS PLAYED||India, Hyderabad Heroes, ICL India, Central Zone, Elite Group B, India A, India B, India Emerging Team, India Green, India Red, India Seniors, Rest of India, South Zone, West Zone, Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, India Under-19, Hyderabad, Andhra, Vidarbha, Baroda|
When a 16-year old Ambati Rayudu stroked the ball fluently with incredible ease at the National Cricket Academy in 2001, there was a talk among the pundits that he would be the next big thing in Indian cricket.
However, life isn’t always rosy for the gifted as people think and Rayudu found that out the hard way, partly due to his own faults as well. Rayudu was the captain of the Indian Under-19 team and led them to the semi-finals of the World Cup in Bangladesh in 2004. There was the ideal opportunity for him to take his game to the next level but it wasn’t to be.
At the domestic level, consistency eluded him despite the obvious talent and his attitude problems further compounded things.
Having started out for Andhra in the Ranji Trophy, he switched to Hyderabad and later Baroda as well. The constant changing of teams did, however, mean that he wasn’t in harmony with the team management at certain points.
The runs did keep coming through, and just when it seemed like he might finally turn things around, another roadblock arrived. Rayudu was one of the first players to join the Indian Cricket League when it came calling in 2007.
He was awed by the opportunity to play alongside foreign players and make a name in front of the television audiences. This, however, caused a clash with the BCCI and the active players’ careers in the league were hindered due to that.
He participated in the rebel league in 2007 because playing with foreign stars and being watched on television attracted him. But this led to a ban on him by the BCCI. Following an amnesty offer by the BCCI, this wicket-keeper batsman returned to domestic cricket in 2009.
He was a part of the Indian T20 league, Mumbai in 2010 season and performed well, earning praises from critics.
Later, in 2011, Mumbai once again signed him for the fourth season. He was one of the five retained players by the Mumbai franchise in 2014 for the coming season of the Indian T20 League.
In 2009, his career received a fresh lease of life when he accepted the BCCI’s amnesty offer and starred in the IPL. So impressive was Rayudu that his Mumbai Indians team-mate Harbhajan Singh called him “a special talent” and said he could see Rayudu playing for India. Rayudu made 356 runs in the 2010 IPL and was re-signed for the 2011 season.
He stepped up further that season, making 395 runs to be the team’s second-highest scorer, behind Sachin Tendulkar. He announced himself as a cool finisher when he swung a six, with Mumbai needing four off the last ball against Kolkata Knight Riders in 2011.
Rayudu floated across the batting line-up and even took the wicketkeeping gloves to lend more balance and remain a vital cog in the side.
He was finally handed his India debut in a low-profile ODI series in Zimbabwe in 2013. Keen to make up for lost time, he responded with an unbeaten 63 on debut, becoming the third-oldest Indian at the time, at 27 years and 304 days, to score a fifty on ODI debut.
The following year Rayudu became the fourth-oldest Indian to score a maiden ODI ton with his unbeaten 121 off 118 balls against Sri Lanka in Ahmedabad. Rayudu was part of India’s squad in the 2015 World Cup but did not get a game. The following year, though, he was not part of India’s World T20 squad.
Some Lesser Known Facts About Ambati Rayudu
- Does Ambati Rayudu smoke?: No
- Does Ambati Rayudu drink alcohol?: Not Known
- Rayudu was even referred to as the next Sachin Tendulkar in his early career.
- He was the captain of India’s Cricket Team under-19 World Cup team in 2004 which included players like Suresh Raina, Irfan Pathan, Dinesh
- Karthik, RP Singh, and Shikhar Dhawan.
- Apart from batting, he is a part-time off-spinner and wicket-keeper.
- In 2007, he was banned from Indian cricket by the BCCI for playing Indian Cricket League (ICL) but later lifted the ban in 2009.
- When India was playing a practice match with Australia A team in Australia, an umpire gave him lbw out which he didn’t agree upon and lost control over his emotions.
- Though he is a Hyderabadi, in 2011-12 first-class season he played for Baroda after Hyderabad go relegated.
- During 2014 IPL, once he prepared a homemade biryani for MS Dhoni and his Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team players, but the hotel staff didn’t allow the outside food consumption. It ignited CSK players and they checked out of the hotel and went to some other place.
- He is a huge fan of Manchester United football club.
Mumbai Indians, Baroda, India Red, Chennai Super Kings, India A, India, Rest of India, Board Presidents XI, West Zone, Indians, India Green, Vidarbha, Central Zone, India Blue, Hyderabad
- In his ODI debut against Zimbabwe, he scored 63 not out and became the 12th Indian to hit a half-century on ODI debut.
- He was the highest scorer in the 2012–13 Deodhar Trophy final with 78 runs and • helped his team to win the title.