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Ambati Rayudu

India|Middle order Batter
Ambati Rayudu
INTL CAREER: 2013 - 2019
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Full Name

Ambati Thirupathi Rayudu


September 23, 1985, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh


38y 205d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Offbreak

Fielding Position

Occasional Wicketkeeper

Playing Role

Middle order Batter

A pint-sized punisher who was in the news as much for his run-ins with management and umpires as for his fluent strokemaking, Ambati Rayudu has witnessed several twists and turns in his career.

At 16, he was spoken of as India's next great batting hope when he blazed an unbeaten 177 as opener, helping India Under-19s complete a clean sweep of a one-day series in England in 2002. The Ranji Trophy season that followed was also exceptional for him, including a double-century and a hundred for Hyderabad in a match against Andhra Pradesh.

Rayudu led India Under-19s to the semi-final of the World Cup in Bangladesh in 2004, but a disappointing domestic season later that year, and disagreements with his Hyderabad coach, saw him move to represent Andhra.

At 21, his decision to play in the unsanctioned Indian Cricket League in 2007 nearly ended his India prospects, but after accepting the BCCI'S amnesty offer in 2009, he was picked up by Mumbai Indians for the IPL the following year, which marked the start of a run where he was among their top run-scorers till 2017, and part of three title-winning sides. His prolific run with the bat continued after he moved to Chennai Super Kings in 2018, where he racked up 602 runs in his debut season for the franchise.

Rayudu's IPL prowess contrasted sharply with his spotty career at the national level. He was handed his India debut in a low-profile ODI series in Zimbabwe in 2013 and responded with an unbeaten 63, becoming the third-oldest Indian at the time to score a fifty on ODI debut. He was part of the 2015 World Cup squad but did not get a game. The following year he was left out of India's World T20 side.

After a two-year lull, he found himself back in the ODI side in 2018, appearing in 11 of the 20 matches India played that year, and scoring his third ODI century, against West Indies. He was left out of the World Cup squad in 2019, though, and announced his retirement from all cricket following the snub - but quickly rescinded that decision and came back to captain Hyderabad in domestic cricket and turn out for Chennai Super Kings for another four seasons in the IPL, two of them title-winning.

Ambati Rayudu Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

List A178168265607124*39.48--540--690


List A178-421406134/454/4531.235.7832.3100
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Photos of Ambati Rayudu

Ambati Rayudu goes on the attack
Ambati Rayudu at the launch of the Super Kings academy in Coimbatore
Ambati Rayudu could only manage 46 runs in three innings at the CPL
Ambati Rayudu, playing his farewell IPL game, scored an eight-ball 19
Ambati Rayudu played a crucial, if short, knock for Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings get into a huddle ahead of their defence of 172