England in India 2012-13 December 11, 2012

Rayudu replaces Tiwary in India T20 squad

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Injured India batsman Manoj Tiwary has been replaced in the India squad for the Twenty20s against England by Ambati Rayudu. Tiwary's injury was diagnosed as a side strain. He had picked up the injury, which will keep him out of action for six weeks, during a Ranji Trophy game on Sunday, while batting in Bengal's first innings against Saurashtra.

Rayudu, who has played for Baroda in the Ranji Trophy since the 2010-11 season, has had a prolific run this year, with scores of 64, 85, 10, 54, 1, 131 and 58 in his previous five games. A bit-hitting middle-order batsman, Rayudu did not have too much success on his last Twenty20 assignment: October's Champions League T20, where he played for Mumbai Indians. But in IPL 2012, he was Mumbai Indians second-highest scorer behind Rohit Sharma, with 333 runs from 15 innings at a strike-rate of 132.14. He is yet to debut for India across formats.

For Tiwary, who captains Bengal in the Ranji Trophy, this is a second setback in quick succession - he had suffered a wrist problem earlier in the season. When fit, he had shown some good form, scoring 191 against Gujarat, and also making 93 against England for the Board President's XI last month.

India play two Twenty20s against England, on December 20 and 22, and that is followed up by limited-overs series' against Pakistan running into the first week of January. Later in January, England return for a one-day series.

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  • pitch_it_up on December 14, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    10 years ago, when you played several magical match winning innings for junior India teams, we all thought here is a great India prospect who would carry the great Indian batting tradition. I know, you had major challenges in your career with the behemoth heading the HCA, putting is useless sons ahead of talented players like you. The result, Hyderabad hardly had any notable players to showcase. However, its a better late than never case for you. All the very best!!

  • riprock on December 13, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    We Hyderabadis here in India are rejoicing this chap's inclusion. First, we had the hot and cold chapter of Mohammad Azharuddin in the 90's, followed by the magical wrist-work and undying spirit of VVS Laxman in 2000's..and..look who's next! finally justice has been done to this exciting heck of a talent, Rayudu. Simplicity, technical class and elegance is a strikingly similar feature of all the three mentioned. After the ugly Shivlal Yadav episode, the ICL non-sense, his switch from Hyderabad cricket, all these years of perseverance on the sidelines and heroics with Mumbai Indians..finally he gets what he deserves. The praise that he's gotten before debut..he's undoubtedly destined for big things.A perfect evidence of how talent never goes unappreciated.And coming in at around a time when the Master's bidding farewell only makes it better. Hopefully Rayudu makes the most of his chances and lives up to the expectation and hype he generated. Can't wait to watch him in Indian colours.

  • Munafis810 on December 13, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    I AGREE with BEN George - but with minor changes - All U-19 ex players like Kohli, Rayudu,Chand,Harmeet and some other excellent players from all other states should get a run of atleast 10 ODIs each to prove their mettle. Rahane ,Rayudu (wk), Kohli , Chand , , Raina, Yuvraj , IrfanPathan + 3 bowlers + Harmeet singh . Kohli to be captain with Manoj Tewary and Rohit Sharma to be reserve batters but should regularly be rotated with someone in team on regular basis.

  • Big3BOSS on December 13, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Selectors should built a team for 2015 Worldcup. All U-19 ex players who have tasted Worldcup success need to be in team - like Kohli, Rayudu, Chand, Harmeet and some other excellent players from all other states should get a run of atleast 10 ODIs each to prove their mettle. This is only way we will be able to filter out battle hardened tough players. My gut feeling tells me 2015 World cup team should be as follows (unless of course some exceptional talent suddenly crops up) - Rahane , Kohli , Chand , Rayudu (wk) , Raina, Yuvraj , IrfanPathan + 3 bowlers + Harmeet singh . Kohli to be captain and Raina and Yuvraj the main seniors (both r good in ODI) . Manoj Tewary to be reserve batter.

  • on December 13, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    all the best rayudu. i hope he would play in playing 11

  • fake_indian_player on December 12, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    I think thats good move from selectors. Raydu is part time wicket keeper that help dhoni i think he got place in final11. We also separate bowling attack for t20 great combination parvindar awana.shami ahemad,balaji,bhuvneshwar kumar,sandeep sharma

  • AjitDJ on December 12, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Congrats, but it would be a miracle if he's selected in the final 11.

  • jayesh.chaudhari on December 12, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Its a good thing that young rayadu is selected in squad. But the question is that will he get a chance or will be a water man like Ajinkya and M.vijay.

    Sachin and sehwag should be ashamed of themselves. It doesn't expected from you to play 20-22 matches and then have a ton after that and also sealed that place for next 20 matches with that single ton.

  • on December 12, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    All the best Rayudu!

    @All: Lets wait and see if he makes it to playing 11.

  • US_Indian on December 12, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Well guys this was long time coming and it took atleast 6 long years for the selectors to decide on this where as less talented players made it to the national team. Well I am pretty sure it was not just talent which got the selectors nod but to a certain extent his association with MI and corporate influence, but anyway better late than never, it has always been the case in India, better players get a raw deal whereas some mediocre guys get more than a fair deal. Well i would rather get guys like Munaf, Kamran, even shreeshant, dinesh karthic, Kaif, Mukund, Uthappa, Suryakumar yadav, Manish pandey, Unmukt, Aparajitha and other talented guys in the scheme of things. When the rock star Jadeja and Awana can be rewarded for their ranji performance, then there are scores of others who deserve to be in on the same basis like Kaif, Badri, Karthick. I am pretty sure Shivlal Yadav will be furious, that in spite of his trying everyithing to sabotage Rayudu's career god has given him this chance

  • pitch_it_up on December 14, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    10 years ago, when you played several magical match winning innings for junior India teams, we all thought here is a great India prospect who would carry the great Indian batting tradition. I know, you had major challenges in your career with the behemoth heading the HCA, putting is useless sons ahead of talented players like you. The result, Hyderabad hardly had any notable players to showcase. However, its a better late than never case for you. All the very best!!

  • riprock on December 13, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    We Hyderabadis here in India are rejoicing this chap's inclusion. First, we had the hot and cold chapter of Mohammad Azharuddin in the 90's, followed by the magical wrist-work and undying spirit of VVS Laxman in 2000's..and..look who's next! finally justice has been done to this exciting heck of a talent, Rayudu. Simplicity, technical class and elegance is a strikingly similar feature of all the three mentioned. After the ugly Shivlal Yadav episode, the ICL non-sense, his switch from Hyderabad cricket, all these years of perseverance on the sidelines and heroics with Mumbai Indians..finally he gets what he deserves. The praise that he's gotten before debut..he's undoubtedly destined for big things.A perfect evidence of how talent never goes unappreciated.And coming in at around a time when the Master's bidding farewell only makes it better. Hopefully Rayudu makes the most of his chances and lives up to the expectation and hype he generated. Can't wait to watch him in Indian colours.

  • Munafis810 on December 13, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    I AGREE with BEN George - but with minor changes - All U-19 ex players like Kohli, Rayudu,Chand,Harmeet and some other excellent players from all other states should get a run of atleast 10 ODIs each to prove their mettle. Rahane ,Rayudu (wk), Kohli , Chand , , Raina, Yuvraj , IrfanPathan + 3 bowlers + Harmeet singh . Kohli to be captain with Manoj Tewary and Rohit Sharma to be reserve batters but should regularly be rotated with someone in team on regular basis.

  • Big3BOSS on December 13, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Selectors should built a team for 2015 Worldcup. All U-19 ex players who have tasted Worldcup success need to be in team - like Kohli, Rayudu, Chand, Harmeet and some other excellent players from all other states should get a run of atleast 10 ODIs each to prove their mettle. This is only way we will be able to filter out battle hardened tough players. My gut feeling tells me 2015 World cup team should be as follows (unless of course some exceptional talent suddenly crops up) - Rahane , Kohli , Chand , Rayudu (wk) , Raina, Yuvraj , IrfanPathan + 3 bowlers + Harmeet singh . Kohli to be captain and Raina and Yuvraj the main seniors (both r good in ODI) . Manoj Tewary to be reserve batter.

  • on December 13, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    all the best rayudu. i hope he would play in playing 11

  • fake_indian_player on December 12, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    I think thats good move from selectors. Raydu is part time wicket keeper that help dhoni i think he got place in final11. We also separate bowling attack for t20 great combination parvindar awana.shami ahemad,balaji,bhuvneshwar kumar,sandeep sharma

  • AjitDJ on December 12, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Congrats, but it would be a miracle if he's selected in the final 11.

  • jayesh.chaudhari on December 12, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Its a good thing that young rayadu is selected in squad. But the question is that will he get a chance or will be a water man like Ajinkya and M.vijay.

    Sachin and sehwag should be ashamed of themselves. It doesn't expected from you to play 20-22 matches and then have a ton after that and also sealed that place for next 20 matches with that single ton.

  • on December 12, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    All the best Rayudu!

    @All: Lets wait and see if he makes it to playing 11.

  • US_Indian on December 12, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Well guys this was long time coming and it took atleast 6 long years for the selectors to decide on this where as less talented players made it to the national team. Well I am pretty sure it was not just talent which got the selectors nod but to a certain extent his association with MI and corporate influence, but anyway better late than never, it has always been the case in India, better players get a raw deal whereas some mediocre guys get more than a fair deal. Well i would rather get guys like Munaf, Kamran, even shreeshant, dinesh karthic, Kaif, Mukund, Uthappa, Suryakumar yadav, Manish pandey, Unmukt, Aparajitha and other talented guys in the scheme of things. When the rock star Jadeja and Awana can be rewarded for their ranji performance, then there are scores of others who deserve to be in on the same basis like Kaif, Badri, Karthick. I am pretty sure Shivlal Yadav will be furious, that in spite of his trying everyithing to sabotage Rayudu's career god has given him this chance

  • ElvisKing on December 12, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    I hear all and sundry praising Rayudu and hope he delivers....but from his statistics here he is not that prolific ! Have to see him play Test Matches...where some Boys remain Boys and some become Man...

  • on December 12, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    When he began, he was considered the next big thing after Tendulkar. He was not patient, lost his way and landed in ICL and thereafter the resurrection began. A good example how a talent could be wasted if not groomed properly in the early stages.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 11, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    Making his debut in the BEST format of the game !!! Welcome Rayudu and God bless. Hope India win both the T20s and end on a high note.

  • Raj12345 on December 11, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Why not DK and why Ambati. Not getting. People forget to see DK playing over seas. Remember his last T20 in SA. What an innings. DK did lot of 100s in domestic recently. Not sure what is going on.

  • on December 11, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    All that being said, he is overdue, fantastic move from the selectors, but what about the test cricket,

  • on December 11, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    He can come in handy with the wicket-keeper's gloves as well !!!

  • on December 11, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Its easy to score runs in domestic Indian cricket. The real test is facing Stein or Anderson or Morkel etc. That's when the real talent shows. Jadeja we hear scored a triple century. The guy was such a dismal failure when playing the big boys of International cricket.

  • NH777 on December 11, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    Dhoni has his pets...apart from that rest of the team to have luck to get into 11...

    Dhoni's thinking is not aggressive or defensive... he don't go out of his comfort zone...he has to pick Ashwin, Raina, Jadeja, Kohli... he believes them only...if somebody else perform...he is just happy.

  • xylo on December 11, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    "64, 85, 10, 54, 1, 131 and 58 in his previous five games." - that is "prolific" indeed in 5 day matches. :-p

  • on December 11, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Congrats to Raydu and Selectors for atleast doing one thing right since they are appointed !!

  • on December 11, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    why dont you pick up the RCB PACER VINAY KUMAR

  • on December 11, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    Finally!!!! place where he belongs.....I ve been waitin to hear this ever since i saw rayudu smashing a match wining 177* against England U-19 in d U.K at d age of 17...After facing more downs then up's in his career at last he has made it......hopefuly he'll get selected in d playing 11 and wud also be considered for other formats of d game....Congratulations Rayudu!!!

  • kumarsSansai on December 11, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    @tvsrao , Yuvraj as Captian . wow.. man brave. a person who cannot handle to own self who will handle to a team. no other words i have regard it...

  • vpk23 on December 11, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Pathan should be in the team...forget about few of his failures...His sucess is India's sucess...Dhoni needs to understand him better. Or for that matter any Patans

  • gi.gos on December 11, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Indian Batsmen :rahane,mukund,rayudu,raina,kohi,mandeep,chand,pandey,rohit,manoj,bist,dhawan,pujara,badrinath

    Wicket keeper :dinesh,uthappa,naman ohja,saha,parthvi

    Allrounders :irfan,yusuf,binny,praveen,jadeja,bhuvaneshwar,baba aparjith,nayar

    Spinners:ohja,ashwin,appana,mishra,rahul

    Fast bowlers: umesh,pankaj,mahesh,dinda,awana,balaji,varon,inshant,sreesanth

    flooters in the team:shewag,gambhir,yuvraj,dhoni,sachin,zaheer,singh

  • on December 11, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Finally selectors have done a good job. Hope he will not be axed after giving one or two chances

  • Alexk400 on December 11, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Hope he uses this chance to make century this time around. I doubt it.

  • STARFISH14 on December 11, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    @Edassery i totally agree with you. Had the dirty politics by hyd selectors was not played, he would have a name for himself in international arena..........ALL THE BEST RAYUDU..........hope to see you in playing XI.......

  • ViswanathGovind on December 11, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Long wait and he is back...hope he will make it count unlike rohit who has ample talent but couldn't capitalize...

  • indirockz on December 11, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    This was long overdue. Congratulations to Rayudu

  • vishwa500 on December 11, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    what is the use of selecting him? However dhoni will be going with the same useless boring 11 members.

  • Ashwintej on December 11, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    So Happy...Happier....Happiest!!! This is wat i feel hearing the good news... Hearty congratulations brother Rayudu..... Well I know Rayudu since childhood... He is an exceptional player, better than even Rohit, Kohli, Raina, Tiwari... As they say "God knows the truth but waits"!!!! He should have picked 8 years ago but due to some politics he was not given a chance. But its better late than never...Remember guys..Uthappa, Irfan Pathan, Dinesh Karthik, Raina, R.P.Singh, Piyush Chawla, Shikar Dhawan, all of them played under the captaincy of Rayudu... Rayudu also played along with Gambhir, Dhoni etc for India A sides... Rayudu should be included in all formats...He is a brilliant fielder too. Jonty Rhodes once said that Rayudu's fielding is like the combination of Yuvraj and Kaif...

  • InnocentGuy on December 11, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    He is arrogant. But congratulations to him anyway.

  • on December 11, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Yeah really a great move... True that Tiwary is one of the most unfortunate players... But Rayudu deserved a chance long back...

  • Munafis810 on December 11, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Shivlal Yadav must be furious that Rayudu is selected. Rayudu deserved to be in team long back

  • tvsrao on December 11, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    My Team For T20 Is :-

    1. Gautam Gambhir 2. Virat Kohli 3.Robin Uthappa { Keeper } 4. Yuvraj Singh {Captian } 5.Rohit Sharma 6.Suresh Raina 7.Yusuf Pathan 8.Ifran Pathan 9.R.Ashwin 10.L.Balaji 11.A.Dinda

  • on December 11, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Rayadu is far better and gritty than Rainas and sharmas who have got upteen opportunities. He should be in test mix and one dayers too

  • on December 11, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    ambati rayudu is the right choice of selectros

  • sitaprakash on December 11, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Congratulations to Rayudu. He is talented batsman. After a long wait he finally selected, I personally feel he should be included in playing eleven.

    Prakash

  • riprock on December 11, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Gotta watch out for this lad. Preciously talented.. For all formats. Needs to make the most of his opportunities. He could well become the Master's successor. Sachin should in all probability hang his boots after the Aus series and IPL. He may have reached an agreement with the BCCI to play through the home season and retire. considering factors like broadcasters and trp's, experience in the failing squad and a reason to bring large crowds for IPL. The three ODI's coming up against Pak could be his last 3 ODI's if picked..and the home Tests against Oz may be his last international assignment. It'll also by then be one month short of his 40th b'day. He can conveniently end his contract with the Mumbai Indians in playing one final season of IPL and charming home crowds across various cities before bidding farewell. Rayudu's inclusion right there and possibly good performances forthcoming could well begin to ease Tendulkar's reluctance on retirement and quicken his decision to quit.

  • on December 11, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Rayudu deeserves a spot in the team.

  • YazeerArabath on December 11, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Mohsin Waqar Ali: thanks buddy..... yes Dhoni will go with the old bored XI. we need to try with the new guys like Rayudu, Valthaty, and so on who showed their talent in IPL atleast.

  • vinodzz on December 11, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    DHONI shud rest himself from T20s & get ready for ODI against PAK & ENG, let KOHLI or RAINA lead de T20 against ENG wid RAYUDU as wk kpr

  • Slipu on December 11, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    No mater who is playing end of the story is India is going to loss. Cause Indian are not brave enough to play or win.

  • on December 11, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Great opportunity after a long time...if he is playing 11

  • Munafis810 on December 11, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    @terrifyingwarriors : I personally know Abhishek Nayyar and I can guarantee you he is far more better player than Jadeja or Piyush or Harbhajan both in batting as well as bowling . But he does not have the friendship or godfather needed to be in Indian team.

  • ramakrishnarededy1986 on December 11, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Good news finally he is selected for Indian team he should be in 11.He is playing well in T20.All the best

  • RohitVyawahare on December 11, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    He has got the class..just not a slogger. Also, he must have learnt a lot playing under and with sachin for mumbai indians

  • atuljain1969 on December 11, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Senior players have lost the drive/motivation/desire to perform consistently , so better give chance to youngster even if they loose at start in future team will be gainer.

    Dhoni as a leader is no more the same Dhoni. Has become very predictbale and traditional. Though talks of youth yet do not want weed out senior players.

    India now need leader like Ganguly who could unearth budding talent and gets performance from them.

  • on December 11, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    all the best!!!!!! proud of of and MI!! do well..

  • on December 11, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    @YazeerArabath.Totally agree with you.

  • cricwick on December 11, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    nice move by the selectors.Rayudu surely deserves a place in the T20 side

  • on December 11, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Exactly, whoever joins the Squad as new ones, they have to warm up the benches, Dhoni will always go with his old XI despite win or loss. Poor strategy, and the BCCI sitting silently and watching Dhon's autocracy, I don't know what DUNCAN FLETCHER is doing, Dhoni was quoted saying that he is only an advisor for batting techniques. BCCI is slowly losing their plot and only concentrating about making money, Where this guys get time to think abt Cricket

  • on December 11, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    good for india bt tiwari btr then him

  • athar.cricket on December 11, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Exceptional talent.He should have been picked a lot earlier.but i am very happy atlast he got selected.never has he disappointed. i used to wonder what wrong has he done to not get selectors approval inspite of consistently performing.

  • on December 11, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Top 5 All Rounder/7 WK Seamers Spinners Shewag RA Jadeja PA Patel Ishath Sharma R Ashwin Gambhir AT Rayudu WP Saha Praveen Kumar PP Ojha RAHANE Irfan Pathan Dhoni Zaheer Khan Pujara Yuvraj Singh Umesh Yaday V Kohli Rishi Dhawan Bhuvneshwar Kumar Rohit Parvinder Awana

  • on December 11, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Both Raydu and Rahane should be regulars in the side.... :)

  • on December 11, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    BCCI need to think of these kind of more good decisions. Who ever not in form,they need to kept out and give changes to the new guys. It's time to change the team and think for NO.1

  • ooper_cut on December 11, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Highly overrated slogger is what Rayudu is, might fit the profile for T20.

  • vish57 on December 11, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Rayudu deserves a chance; if he is chosen in playing XI, good luck to him in the next 2-4 T 20 matches with England/Pak. Dhoni is indeed blocking Dinesh Karthik like how Padmakar Shivalkar/Rajendra Goel was blocked by Bedi and later the fab 4 holding players such as Badrinath,Kaif, even Yuvraj to an extent.

  • YazeerArabath on December 11, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Regardless of Tiwari or Rayudu, they are going to sit out and watch the game..... Too poor strategy by Dhoni selecting the playing 11

  • terrifyingwarriors on December 11, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Why does not give chances to players like Abhishek Nayar? what has he done not to play for india team (esp:Test). We need all rounders and why not him.. He seems to pretty good! His average from last 4 matches is 411 with 2 centuries and he has few wickets too.

  • on December 11, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Better late than never........very good player......became a pawn of cricket politics....best of luck Rayudu...this should have come a lot before......

  • Playfair on December 11, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Rayudu should have been selected in the first place ... why does Dinesh Karthtik miss out

  • on December 11, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    After long time BCCI did good think...Very Honest and aggresive cricketer....Nice

  • praveen_6610 on December 11, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    It's bad from Mumbai Indians point of view , now we have to buy him in auction instead of back room negotiation, Hope atleast he gets to play 1 match

  • on December 11, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Finally Rayudu got the chance.. All the very best Rayudu..!

  • Alok505 on December 11, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    He should consider ahead of someone like Rohit Sharma ...Sharma need to play another 5 years in domestic level , Look if Mike Hussy can be great after 30 , so should Rohit . He has got so chance unlike any other youngster , I urge selector Now select Rayudu , Sourav Tiwary , Manoj Tiwary , even a good form Manish Pandey ahead of Rohit

  • parvathaneniphani on December 11, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Very good decision..Rayudu dream comes true after a long struggle with politics.. Great selectors gave their best...

  • Raj12345 on December 11, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Why not D Karthik. He has given raw deal for many years.

  • on December 11, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Dhoni should be happy hearing this news.

  • Sukumar_Kantri on December 11, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    At last a performance based selection, well done patil & co. Rayudu has been in sidelines right from his u19 days though he was performing consistently. He can be a part time keeper too. Hope he gets chance to play atleast 5-6 t20i's. Hope he gets into other formats too. He is an absolute talent unutilized at international level. He is a captaincy material too, proving for baroda ranji squad.

  • on December 11, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Rayudu deserved his place... He is Flexible depends upon the pitch condition and Match situation... He is a Big hitter when required, he is consistent too.. Suresh raina, dinesh karthick, Uthappa, Dhawan played under his captaincy in U-19... He is best captain also.. He should take place... No politics PLS.. Indian Cricket missing him already 8 yrs.. He should get a chance to prove...

  • on December 11, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    he is very aggressive batsman...BCCI has taken good decision........it's a good replacement...he could have to show aggressive performance in the match to get opportunities..........

  • Biophysicist on December 11, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    @Mariakutty: Rayudu is coming in place of Manoj Tiwary, because Tiwary is injured. I am sure Tiwary cannot field well when injured!

  • Naresh28 on December 11, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    INDIAN SELECTORS - have always been confused by the amount of talent we have. Really today if the entire Indian test squad were replaced we could find ample talent to make a NEW, YOUNG SQUAD from the following lot of players just to give a few:- RAHANE, BISLA, MANDEEP, PUJARA, KOHLI, RAYUDU, TIWARI, SHARMA,HAND, JADEJA, PATHAN, YADAV, PANKAJ. RAINA, AWANA the list goes on To create the best squad in India we need a good professional set up. This means nly the best play the best. There is a need for a two tier system. The domestic system needs a complete overhual.

  • Buneer on December 11, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Great Selection !!! Rayadu has right approch to the game. He plays always positive circket. Lets wait and see how he can transform the game to international level. All the best Rayadu

  • on December 11, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    After almost 4-5 years of hard work & night mares (fight with Arjun Yadav), Rayudu got opportunity. I am very very happy to see Rayudu in the list and would be elated if he is in the final 11. He is am under rated player and Selectors are now realizing the importance of players like Rayudu.

  • Ranta on December 11, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    Ecstatic ! Better late then never. I hope this will be start of things to come in future. Wish him very best. Way to go.

  • on December 11, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    All the best Rayadu. He could be the perfect replacement for MSD, who can bat agressively and sensibly also can keep wickets. Let MSD take some break, poor guy he should be tired of all criticism.

  • on December 11, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Good pick from selectors.. I guess this is the only solitary & good selection happened on performance based from indian selectors since last few years..I ll prefer to select rayudu for one days too..so that he surely cement his place in indian team in t20 and one days..all the best rayudu..

  • Chetan007 on December 11, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    @Edassery: Same Rayudu. He might have got his chances by 2003 but being continuously being neglected by selectors led him join ICL. Anyway wish him luck.

  • on December 11, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    it is good decision i'm very happy to see rayudu is in indian squad

  • SachinSawant16feb on December 11, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Is Sandeep Patil turning it ON, yes very good decision by selectors, when selectors are considering (only) IPL performance since last few years even for Tests, then why not for T-20, Raydu surely a good pick as he shown his class against lights of almost all big international bowlers, also he is wonderful fielder, by seeing current form of Yuvi, dhoni and others i guess Raydu is a perfect choice in middle order (provided poor fellow shows up in final 11), ALL D BEST dude....and congrats

  • on December 11, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    I wish Rayudu all success in his new assignment. I am confident that he will come good.

  • Mariakutty on December 11, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Another NONSENSE. Manoj Tiwari in an excellent fielder who can save 10-25 runs. India will surely pay for this blunder. Replace, Gambir,Sewag or even Dhoni for a change to bring in youngsters.

  • on December 11, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    He deserves a chance.One of highly underrated player.

  • RapidChase on December 11, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Wow!! now I can see who is on the selection team. I think India will come back to very good cricket very soon. What a PICK. Sandeep Patil looks as good as Vengsarkar.

  • on December 11, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    finally Rayudu Gets in to India TEAM " ALL THE BEST "

  • on December 11, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Really good work done by selectors this time. Bad luck once again for M Tiwari .

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on December 11, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Very wise decision...Rayudu has maturity, aggresiveness, technique that will do well. He should be a permenant member in this indian squad, as Pranay_Bangalore, rightly pointed out, if not for dirty politics in Hyd..he would have already shown the world what he is capable of..

  • RapidChase on December 11, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    I think one of the best player against spin attack. class as luxman, risty as Azar, straight sixes like Singh Siddu, Cover drive like Dravid. Tough like captain Ganguly. He has enough talent but bad luck/ICL he got bit late this call. But his failure rate is very low. Give him a chance in Test or One day he will come best. One of the best U19 team India captain like Kohli/kaif. Can play in any position. Finally he can be a match winner on his day. Few matches are enough for him to cement his place unlike rohit sharma. I can take him any day in my team. Good luck mate.

  • on December 11, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    I am so happy for Rayadu, he needs to be a permanent feature of the T20 format as well as the one days( if there is an opportunity). A boy with immense talent finally gets his due.

    Sunil Prahlad

  • on December 11, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Good call to say at the time.....

  • on December 11, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    The next chap to be re-instated is Rohit Sharma,in the middle order in the Test team Waiting for SRT to make way for him!

  • fab4_india on December 11, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    No wonders will ge be able to do, apart from carrying water on the field...wont be preferred over STAR NO HIT SHARMA....of so sorry i spelled it wrong ROHIT SHARMA...

  • pranay_bangalore on December 11, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Finally....some one who is touted as next tendulkar eight years ago, now finally gets his due. Had it not been for murky hyderabad politics,this guy would have been a permanent member of indian team long back. I cant think of any other modern cricket player who was discriminated and suffered than Rayudu at the hands of heavily biased officials .

  • on December 11, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    good decision by the selectors.........atlast rayudu got the chance...........

  • Edassery on December 11, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    I feel happy for him. When he was in best of his form, he was continuously neglected for selection else he would have played 200 ODIs for India by now. There was nobody to campaign for him where as other overrated cricketers got opportunities. That's what resulted in his ICL stint.

    Not sure if it's the same Rayudu now but he's shown grit and never-say-die attitude time and again.

  • Cricket_Lover-SARU on December 11, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    At last common sense prevails! Much deserved man than any other player. Fantastic commitment towards his team. All the best! Some good decisions by the current selection committee. For the first time i am starting to be a fan of them!

  • on December 11, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    finally ambati rayudu got the chance...i wrote on my facebok this issue 3 months ago.....he deserves a chance after so many great performances. the selectors now have to start giving chances to youngsters and start building the team like australia. even look at babgladesh....they are getting every year slowly.

  • on December 11, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    Kudos to rayudu ... finally got it.. my home town boy GUNTUR mirchi power

  • on December 11, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    finally bcci selectors open their eyes

  • sarath18821 on December 11, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Rayudu should prove himself to make his place permenant.It is a great oppurtunity to him.

  • sanjaycrickfan on December 11, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Finally a very good selection. He is one of the naturally gifted players who can play well even on tough pitches. Hope he shines like Laxman and Azhar, both from Hyderabad.

  • on December 11, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    good replacement but he must get in test squad for no-4 position and he deserves it sachin must retire now we got his replacement

  • srkindian on December 11, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    Its very good thing for indian cricket..... all the best Rayudu (Andhra Tiger)

  • challagalla on December 11, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Good guy Rayudu. Treated very unfairly by Hyderabad selectors, he deserves this national call. I hope he makes the team. Hate to see him warming the benches.

  • Amarb4u on December 11, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Finally...Congrata Rayudu..All the best for your bright future...Don't see back again...

  • Pappu_bhai on December 11, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Gud one.First sensible thing from Selectors.I thought they would call some test specialists for Twenty20.As we always surprise our oppositions

  • on December 11, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Rayudu becomes the first Indian player to be selected in national team after the ICL ban..deserves it...!!

  • royalprasi on December 11, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Good Replacement........ good luck Rayudu..

  • TJAPUKAI on December 11, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Atlast Rayudu finds a place in T20s.Good luck to him

  • on December 11, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    nice replacement at last............

  • on December 11, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Finally, he's geeting his due. Keep him around and provide with ample opportunities rather than making him WARM THE BENCHES and finally, dropping!!!

  • crindex on December 11, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Great move by the selectors at last ! Rayudu deserves a call for national duty. Congrats Rayudu.

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  • crindex on December 11, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Great move by the selectors at last ! Rayudu deserves a call for national duty. Congrats Rayudu.

  • on December 11, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Finally, he's geeting his due. Keep him around and provide with ample opportunities rather than making him WARM THE BENCHES and finally, dropping!!!

  • on December 11, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    nice replacement at last............

  • TJAPUKAI on December 11, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Atlast Rayudu finds a place in T20s.Good luck to him

  • royalprasi on December 11, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Good Replacement........ good luck Rayudu..

  • on December 11, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Rayudu becomes the first Indian player to be selected in national team after the ICL ban..deserves it...!!

  • Pappu_bhai on December 11, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Gud one.First sensible thing from Selectors.I thought they would call some test specialists for Twenty20.As we always surprise our oppositions

  • Amarb4u on December 11, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Finally...Congrata Rayudu..All the best for your bright future...Don't see back again...

  • challagalla on December 11, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Good guy Rayudu. Treated very unfairly by Hyderabad selectors, he deserves this national call. I hope he makes the team. Hate to see him warming the benches.

  • srkindian on December 11, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    Its very good thing for indian cricket..... all the best Rayudu (Andhra Tiger)