|Full name||Ambati Thirupathi Rayudu|
23 September 1985 |
Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Bowling style||Right arm off spin|
|Role||Batsman; Occasional wicket-keeper|
|ODI debut (cap 196)||24 July 2013 v Zimbabwe|
|Last ODI||5 March 2014 v Afghanistan|
|Domestic team information|
|Source: Cricinfo, 5 June 2014|
Ambati Thirupathi Rayudu (Telugu: అంబటి రాయుడు; born 23 September 1985 in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh) is an Indian cricketer. He is a right-handed middle order batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler. He currently represents Baroda in all domestic Indian first class and List A matches, and Mumbai Indians in Twenty20 tournaments.
Rayudu began his career playing for Hyderabad, making his first-class debut in the 2001-02 Indian cricket season. Strong domestic form brought him to the attention of the national selectors, who instated him as captain of the Indian Under-19 side, he was called as the next Sachin Tendulkar in his early stages, but a series of on-field incidents and disputes with domestic boards led to his ostracisation from the national side. He was banned from Indian cricket due to his signing with the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) in 2007, although the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) made him an amnesty offer in 2009 after he cancelled his contract with the league, allowing him to return to Indian domestic cricket. In 2013, Rayudu was called up to the national team on a tour to Zimbabwe, where he finally made his debut for the senior Indian side in a One Day International on 24 July 2013.
Rayudu completed his schooling from Bhavan's Sri Ramakrishna Vidyalaya , Sainikpuri, Secunderabad . He is married to Chennupalli Vidya and lives in Hyderabad.
Rayudu made his debut in domestic cricket in the 2001/02 Ranji Trophy season for Hyderabad. After Feuds with HCA in 2005, he left the team to play for Andhra cricket team for one year. Later after a disappointing season, he went back to play for Hyderabad next season. He ran into trouble with the son of Shivlal Yadav, resulting in an ugly spat where Rayudu was attacked by Arjun Yadav with stumps after the latter was dismissed.
In 2010-11, Rayudu decided to play for Baroda after his former team Hyderabad got relegated to the Plate Division of Ranji Trophy. Rayudu continued to impress with the bat as he scored 566 runs in 9 matches with an average of 56.60 including a double hundred and three half-centuries.
In the 2012–13 Ranji Trophy season, Rayudu scored 666 runs at an average of 60.54 with a hundred and seven fifties. He played for Rest of India in the 2013 Irani Cup against Mumbai and scored 51 and 156*. He was the top-scorer in the 2012–13 Deodhar Trophy final where his innings of 78* helped West Zone chase down the target of 290 against North Zone.
The likes of Suresh Raina, Robin Uthappa, Irfan Pathan, RP Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Shikhar Dhawan and VRV Singh, who played under Rayudu's captaincy at the Under-19 level, went on to represent the national senior team while Rayudu was constantly ignored by the selectors. This was mainly due to him being a part of the now-defunct 'rebel' Indian Cricket League.
On 18 July 2012, Rayudu was included in 30 probables for the World T20 tournament to be played in Sri Lanka in September 2012 but failed to make it to the final squad. In December 2012, the newly formed selection panel picked Rayudu as the replacement player for the injured Manoj Tiwary for the T20 series against England. It is notable that the Chairman of this selection panel, Sandeep Patil, was also previously associated with the ICL.
During the West Indies tri-series in July 2013, Rayudu was named the replacement for Mahendra Singh Dhoni who was ruled out of the series due to a right hamstring injury.
Rayudu was selected for the Indian tour of Zimbabwe 2013. He made his debut in the opening match of the series, on 24 July 2013, and was crucial in setting up an Indian win. He made 63* and in partnership with his captain, Virat Kohli, who made a century, helped India win. He became the 12th Indian batsman to score a half-century on his ODI debut. He was also a part of India's squads to South Africa in 2013, New Zealand in 2014, Asia Cup2014 and 2014 ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.Rayudu scored a crucial 58 vs Pakistan in the Asia cup but struggled against Bangladesh in a series where he scored only 18 runs in 3 matches.
Indian Cricket League (2007–2009)
Rayudu joined ICL, a rebel group to Indian Domestic Cricket, on 16 August 2007 with six other players from Hyderabad Cricket Association. BCCI was shocked over this surprising event and had geared up to convene on 21 August 2007. After his association with the ICL, he was dropped from the state team, but he continued to play in the ICL for Hyderabad Heroes.
Indian Premier League (2010–present)
Rayudu was with the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2010 as a middle order batsman/part-time wicketkeeper. His performance won many positive reviews from the critics and he was touted as a big name to be watched in the next IPL season. Being classified as an uncapped player, Rayudu was not a part of the IPL 2011 auction. Immediately after the auction, Siddhartha Mallya, Team Director of Royal Challengers Bangalore and son of RCB's owner Vijay Mallya flew to Vadodara and was seen meeting Rayudu during the Ranji Trophy final between Rajasthan and Baroda. The exact nature of the talks was unknown, but it was speculated that Rayudu rejected the offer. Mumbai Indians, who gave Rayudu a second chance after coming back from the ICL, bagged him for the 2011 season of IPL. He had another impressive season that year, scoring 395 runs in 16 matches, including 4 half-centuries. He scored a six of the last ball of the last league match against Kolkata Knight Riders to win the game on 22 May 2011, when a boundary was required. James Franklin was crucial in setting up Rayudu's last ball heroics by scoring 4 boundaries in that over and a single off of the 5th ball to give Rayudu the strike. The bowler on the receiving end of this was Lakshmipathy Balaji.
Season by season at IPL
|IPL Batting Statistics of Ambati Rayudu|
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- Player profile: Ambati Rayudu from CricketArchive