Ambati Rayudu Biography | Childhood, Career in Cricket, Age

About Ambati Rayudu

Ambati Thirupathi Rayudu is the Indian international cricket player who was born on September 23, 1985. He is a right-handed batsman and occasionally keeps the wickets also. He bats in the middle order of the Indian team and he is also a right arm bowler. In Indian Premier League he plays for the team of Chennai Super King and in domestic cricket he plays for the side of Hyderabad team. Ambati Rayudu started his career in the first class cricket form the side of Hyderabad team when he was only 16 during the year 2002 and in the same year he started playing for Indian team A. In the U-19 ICC World Cup of 2004 he was the captain of the team and due to his previous performances he was about to selected in the Indian senior International team but his disputes with the different players and Cricket association he was completely ignored by the selection team and cannot take part in the senior team of India.

Name Ambati Rayudu
Full Name Ambati Thirupathi Rayudu
Father's Name Sambasiva Rao
Mother's Name Vijayalakshmi
Born on September 23, 1985
Birth Place Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
Age (as on 2018) 33 Years
Marital Status Married
Wife Name Chennupalli Vidya
Nationality Indian

After accepting the BCCI (The board of control for cricket in India) official pardon offer he was again started playing the domestic cricket in the year 2009. He performed extraordinarily in the domestic cricket and showed his talent to the cricket officials. In the IPL from the side of Mumbai Indians, he also showed some great efforts for his team. Due to all of his excellent performances, he was selected in the Indian team squad first time during the year 2012. In the month of July in 2013 he made his debut in the One-day Internationals by playing against Zimbabwe. Recently in November 2018, he announced his retirement from the zone of first-class cricket because he wants to focus on limited overs matches.

Early Life of Ambati Rayudu

Ambati Rayudu was born in the small city of Andhra Pradesh named Guntur. The name of his beloved father is Sambasive Rao who worked in the archive department. According to a statement of Rayudu, his father was the main inspiration behind his talent in the cricket and he registered him in the coaching camp when he was just in the third grade. In the year 1992, his father Rao took him to the Former Hyderabad cricketer academy named Vijay Paul for the sake of polishing his skills in the game of cricket.

According to the Paul, his father carries Rayudu to the academy and in the different matches on his scooter and provided this service to him permanently while a former cricket player of Hyderabad team named Abdul Azeem said that his father Rao stands alone on the 50 meters distance and watch the practice of Rayudu day by day. Father of Rayudu played a significant role in the cricket of Rayudu because he had a dream for his son to become the International cricket star of the Indian team. Along with the father’s hard work, Rayudu had a special talent in the cricket and later on, he proved himself that he has something special in the field of cricket.

Early Career of Ambati Rayudu

Ambati Rayudu started his career by playing in the U-16 and U-19 teams of Hyderabad city in late 1990s. He played for India in the ACC U-15 Trophy and he was the highest scorer in that trophy during the year 2000 and he won the award of man of the match in the final against the team of Pakistan. Due to his extraordinary performances in the small teams, Hyderabad seniors decided to select him in the senior team of Hyderabad. At the age of 16, he made his debut match in the first class cricket from the side of Hyderabad team during the season 2001-2002 of Ranji Trophy. In that debut match, he made 33 runs at fourth number batting. In the next years, he was selected to captain the U-17 team of India and also contributed his services in the U-19 team of India. He was selected in the Under-19 team of India for the tour of England where he played exceptionally and made 291 runs in his just 3 innings and he was the highest scorer of that series which led India to clean sweep the England team with 3-0. In the ODI series against England, he made 177 runs on 169 balls in the third ODI and led his team to cross the target of 304 single-handedly while in that match Indian first order collapsed badly on 137/6 and Rayudu took the Indian team to the victory in that match.

In the Ranji trophy season 2002-2003, he smashed 698 runs with the average of 69.80 and he was the third highest scorer of that season of Ranji trophy. In that tournament of Ranji Trophy, he made 210 runs on just 159 balls and remained not out in his just third match of that trophy. In that season he became the first player of Ranji trophy who made a double ton and a singleton in the same match. During the year 2003, he performed exceptionally in the tours of England and West Indies. Against England his average per match was 87 and experts were talking about him that he will surely play for the Indian team in the upcoming year but in the Challenger trophy 2003 the seniors of Indian cricket refused to take him in the senior team due to his weakness against the short ball but that was only due to the disputes of Indian officials regarding Rayudu. In Asia U-19 tournament he captained the Indian team and made an exceptional performance in the final match with an unbeaten fifty. He also captained the Indian U-19 team in the ICC World Cup of 2004 where his average per match was 24.83 and India reached the semifinal in that ICC tournament. He cannot play the semifinal match against Pakistan due to the ban of ICC because he breached the ICC code of Conduct in his previous match. He also made a century against Kenya for the Indian team A in 2005. In the season 2004-2005 of the Ranji Trophy, his performance was not as good as he made runs on the average of 11.93.

Disputes, ICL and his Return

He had some disputes with the coach of Hyderabad team at that time he left the team and join Andhra for the 2005-2006 Ranji Trophy seasons. He was on the headlines in that season because he was attacked by the player of Hyderabad team named Arjun Yadav. He joined the Hyderabad team when the coach of the team was changed. In the mid of 2007, the ICL (Indian Cricket League) was formed and BCCI announced that if any player takes part in the ICL then he will be banned for the domestic cricket because BCCI opposed the ICL but the Rayudu and six other players were signed up for playing in the ICL. In 2009 BCCI placed an offer for the players to join the domestic cricket of India and leave the ICL so in that year Rayudu came in the Hyderabad team and started again his domestic career. During the year 2010, he was selected in the Mumbai Indians team for playing in the IPL season 2010.

International Career of Ambati Rayudu

He was selected in the squad of Indian cricket team in the year 2012 in the T20 series against England but Rayudu cannot play in the playing eleven of the team in any match against England. In the month of July 2013, he was selected for the tri-series against West Indies as a replacement of MS Dhoni because he was injured at that time but he cannot appear in any match against West Indies. On the date of 24 July in 2013, he made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe where he made an effective partnership with his captain Kohli and made 63 runs while Kohli made a century and that partnership helps India to win that match. He became the 12th Indian batsman who made a half-century in the debut match in the ODIs. Rayudu was the permanent reserve batsman for the Indian team in the year 2013 and 2014 during four series against different nations Australia, West Indies, South Africa and New Zealand.

He can play only two matches during those four series. In the Asia cup of 2014, he played all the matches but only could get half-century against Pakistan. He also selected in the series against Bangladesh but he could not perform well in that series also. In the month of July in 2014 he was selected in the team for the series against England where he played in the third ODI match and got the first wicket of his international career which was the England captain and in the similar match he made 64 runs which led India to the victory by six wickets. In the fifth match against England, he made another fifty. He made his first century in the ODI match against the Sri Lankan team where he made 121 runs and got his first title of man of the match award. In 2015 he made his second ODI century against Zimbabwe and made a fifty in the second match but he could not play the third match due to his injury and got the award of man of the series.

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