Ambati Rayudu is playing in a different avatar right from the beginning of this Indian Premier League (IPL) season. After playing for Mumbai Indians (MI) for several years, he found space in Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for this season. Apart from donning the yellow jersey, the Andhra batsman was also promoted in the batting order where he got the chance to open the innings alongside Shane Watson. Both the CSK fans and the cricket pundits would have barely speculated anything about his performance with the bat. But once he got the chance, Rayudu was spot-on and didn’t look back even once.
Recently, Rayudu along with CSK teammates including Imran Tahir, Sam Billings, and Shardul Thakur, attended a promotional event. During the press conference, a journalist asked the secret behind the massive changeover in his batting style. And in return, Rayudu said,
“Not too sure that I’ve been taking it further this year. Here I’ve been playing a role given by the team. I’ve got a very different role to what I was doing in the previous years. I’m actually enjoying the freedom I’m getting in terms of batting. I’m happy.”
Here’s the video:
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 29, 2018
Ambati Rayudu has been playing a crucial role in the CSK batting order. He has been phenomenal in this tournament so far and, as of now, has the Orange cap. He has batted in 7 games and scored 329 runs at an average of 47 with a strike rate of 154.46. He has smashed 28 fours and 19 sixes, including 2 fifties.
His team CSK came back like a boss after a two-year ban and is one of the table-toppers. After Match Number 28 between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Dhoni & Co are at the second position with 10 points. They are scheduled to play their next game against Delhi Daredevils (DD) on April 30.