Chennai Super Kings’ middle-order batsman, Ambati Rayudu is gearing up for the upcoming 14th edition of the tournament. Some players, including skipper MS Dhoni along with Rayudu and other youngsters, have begun practising in the preparatory camp in Chennai.
However, the right-hander feels that there is plenty left to decipher and figure out about his own game ahead of the IPL 2021, because of the lack of game time.
Since the last IPL, in the UAE, Ambati Rayudu has only featured in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Andhra- he had retired from First-Class cricket and doesn’t play List-A cricket anymore, therefore he didn’t compete in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
“It’s always hard to start after a break because, after Mushtaq Ali, I’ve not played much cricket. It’s been about a month and a half (without cricket), so it takes about 6-7 sessions to get back into that rhythm,” Ambati Rayudu said in a video uploaded on CSK’s social media handle.
Where we are right now is the most important realization: Ambati Rayudu
Just like his side, Ambati Rayudu too had a moderate season last year – 359 runs at a strike rate of 127.30 with just a solitary fifty in 12 matches. The 35-year-old former India batsman says that while he has lots to understand cometh the IPL, however, for him the mantra is to first comprehend where he stands in the present.
“Also, to understand where I need to be. We all understand where we need to be, but where we are right now is the most important realization. It is about knowing where my game is at the moment,” Rayudu added.
Apart from hoping for their middle-order to fire this season, CSK is bolstered by the return of Suresh Raina, who pulled out of the last season due to personal reasons. The MS Dhoni-led outfit will begin its campaign in the hunt for their fourth title on April 10th against Shreyas Iyer’s Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
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