Ambati Rayudu is an Indian cricketer who was born on 23th of September 1985, even though he occasionally keeps wickets, and bowls right-arm off breaks, his main role is being a right-handed middle-order batsman. Currently, in domestic cricket he captains Hyderabad in Ranji Trophy.
He began his career playing for Hyderabad youth teams in the late-1990s, playing at the Under-16 and Under-19 levels. He appeared for India Under-15s at the ACC Under-15 Trophy in 2000, finishing as the leading run-scorer of the tournament as well as winning the Man of the Match award in the final against Pakistan.He began his first-class career with Hyderabad cricket team in the year 2002 at a very young age of 16. In 2004, he also captained the Indian team at the ICC Under-19 World Cup, held in Bangladesh.
He made his international debut in July 2013, in an One Day International against Zimbabwe. Rayudu was selected in a second string Indian squad in this tour and he played a crucial part in setting up India win. He made 63 runs, making him the 12th Indian batsman to score a half-century on ODI debut. He was a part of India’s ODI squad as reserve batsman even though he had made only two appearances across the four home ODI series against Australia, West Indies, South Africa and New Zealand. He also played in all matches of 2014 Asia Cup.
Rise to Glory
In the 2002-03 Ranji Trophy, he became the youngest player in the history of the tournament to score a double century and a century in the same match. Rayudu scored 210 and 159 not out against Andhra and finished the season with a total of 698 runs at an average of 69.80 to finish third on the leading run-scorers list. He averaged 87 during the 2013 India A tour of England. But his big moments of reckoning have come in the IPL for the Mumbai Indians, for whom he has played several crucial knocks in the middle order, in the eight seasons that he spent with the IPL’s most successful franchise.
He had a disappointing stint with India Seniors at the Challenger Trophy in September 2003, where his perceived weakness against the short ball was exploited which made him push his international debut a bit. Also, he missed the semi-final against Pakistan after breaching the ICC Code of Conduct in the game against Sri Lanka. The charge was related to excessive time-wasting in the opening overs of the second innings, as Sri Lanka got off to an explosive start in pursuit of India's 316. This was a bad path in the initial days of his international career.
After eight years with the Mumbai Indians, Rayudu will represent the Chennai Super Kings in the 11th edition of the IPL. He has played domestic cricket for Baroda too, after differences with the Hyderabad Cricket Association ensured he had to move out of there.
Rayudu made a name for himself playing in the now-defunct Indian Cricket League for the Hyderabad Heroes, for whom he was a lynchpin in the middle order.
He captained the India Under-19 team at the 2004 Under-19 World Cup. In this match, India finished as semi-finalists. On India Under-19 tour of England, his maiden Under-19 assignment, Rayudu batted as an opener and made a total of 291 runs from 3 innings and finished as the highest run-getter of a series which India swept 3–0.
Rayudu averaged 19.33 in the tri-series against Australia and England and was selected in India's 15-member squad for the 2015 Cricket World Cup, which reached the semifinal. Rayudu, however, did not feature in a single game in the tournament, with India preferring to stick to a combination that hadn’t lost until the semifinal against Australia. In the subsequent tour of Zimbabwe, Rayudu scored an unbeaten 124 in the first ODI at Harare and won the man of the match award. He scored 41 in the next match before suffering an injury that ruled him out of the tour. He has bagged three Man of the Match awards in ODI cricket.