Ambati Rayudu has been a strong choice in ODI as well as in the T20 team of India.
Ambati Rayudu is a right-handed batsman and an occasional wicket-keeper of team India. He also plays as a right-arm off break bowler. He plays across all formats, excluding Tests, alongside the team. In domestic circuit, Rayudu played for several teams including Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, Baroda and Vidarbha. He is also an active IPL player. So far, Rayudu played 34 ODIs and 6 T20 Internationals, apart from 97 First-Class and 133 List A matches. In the batting line-up, he comes up as a middle order player. Apart from his plays, Rayudu has the habit of being entangled in behavioral misfires. He is being fined and banned in several instances.
Among the latest incidences of unruly behavior, Rayudu had a heated confrontation with the umpires. It was in a match at the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, after which the player was banned by BCCI. Back in the latter part of 2017, the cricketer was also involved in manhandling a senior citizen after breaking into a heated argument. Apart from these disruptions on and off field, Rayudu seem to be a jolly person in the dressing room. In the ongoing Asia Cup Tournament, he was seen enjoying quite great on his birthday celebration with his team-mates. It was his 33rd birthday, right after India defeated Pakistan in their first faceoff of the tournament.
Sambasiva Rao, Ambati’s father, is the prime motivation for the player.
Rayudu was introduced to cricket when he was in third grade. His father took him to a coaching camp, being the forbearer of cricket in his life. Sambasiva Rao, his father, worked in the archives department in Guntur. Ambati Rayudu was born on 23 September of 1985 in Guntur. His father was his prime motivation for cricket. After his early coaching in Guntur, Rao took his son to Vijay Paul, the former cricketers from Hyderabad. The coach remembers Rao ferrying around young Ambati on his scooter to cricket camps and matches. Abdul Azeem, top former player, recalls Rao standing and watching his son practicing each day. Ambati Rayudu married Chennupalli Vidya on 14 February 2009.
Sambasiva Rao did not have to wait long to see his son play first-class cricket. Ambati started playing for youth teams of Hyderabad by late 1990s and he debuted Ranji Trophy in the 2001-02 season, at the age of 16. He played only a single match, where he scored 33. In the same year he was made the captain of India’s Under-17 team and also started playing alongside the U-19 team of India. In his maiden U-19 series against England, Rayudu came out as the highest run-getter scoring 291 in three innings. In the third ODI, the young cricketer scored 169 off 177 balls as the match winner.
Rayudu is the youngest Ranji player to knock a double century and a century in the same match.
During 2002-03 Ranji Season, he became the youngest player in the tournament’s history to score a double century and a century in the same match. In the match against Andhra, which was his third Ranji schedule, the batsman scored 210 runs in the first and 159 in the second innings, playing for Hyderabad. In 2003, he debuted for India A playing against West Indies. Rayudu led the U-10 team to nick the title in Asia Under-17 Tournament, scoring a half-century in the final match. During 2004, Rayudu captained Under-19 team of India in the World Cup tournament. Despite a steady curve in his career, Rayudu had his aggression as a shortcoming. In the tournament, he was banned from the semi-final match against Pakistan for breaching ICC Code of Conduct.
Ambati Rayudu debuted T20 International in December 2012. He was picked in the series against England in place of Manoj Tiwari. His ODI debut was against Zimbabwe in July of 2013. In his debut match, Rayudu played as the match winner knocking an unbeaten 63 in the partnership with Virat Kohli. With the score, he also became the 12th Indian batsman to knock a half-century on ODI debut. Rayudu played several matches as decisive player. He was also awarded Man of the Match as well as Man of the Series for several times.
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