The recruit of the Chennai Super Kings, Ambati Rayudu has been quite phenomenal for his new franchise in the 11th edition of Indian Premier League so far.
Following his rich vein of form, Rayudu is expected to make a national comeback if reports in the Times of India are considered.
Chairman of the BCCI, MSK Prasad had said he is very excited about of the form of Rayudu. It also allows them a few extra options in the middle-order,
“I am excited about his form. He has come out all guns blazing and gives us a few more options,” MSK Prasad.
Rayudu made his first-class debut way back in 2002. He was also the skipper of the Indian U-19 World Cup team in 2002. He has been a premier player in the domestic circuit.
Rayudu joined the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) in 2007. However, he was granted permission to be back in the national fold in 2009 which allowed him to be part of the IPL from 2009. He went on to play for the Mumbai Indians from 2010-2017. Rayudu was an integral part of the middle order for Mumbai.
His consistent performances awarded him a spot in the Indian limited overs side. He made his India debut in 2014. However, he got dropped from the team after the Zimbabwe tour in 2016.
After his stint with the Mumbai Indians, the reliable middle-order batsman was roped in by the Chennai Super Kings in this year’s auction.
He has proved his worth in the tournament so far. He has scored 283 runs in six matches. Given India’s brittle middle order, Rayudu might well get a look shortly.
He might be a contender for 2019 World Cup
With the 2019 World Cup not too far away, he might well be a candidate to take up a middle order spot. India has used several options like KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav and Dinesh Karthik in the middle order so far but to decide on one.