Ambati Rayudu is ecstatic to bounce back in the scheme of things
Rayudu mentioned playing for the nation as a matter of pride and is patiently waiting for his chance.
Updated - Aug 23, 2018 7:11 pm
Back in June this year, Ambati Rayudu was selected in the Indian ODI team for their series against England. But fate had other ideas for him and he failed to pass the mandatory yo-yo test owing to which he was sidelined from the team and Suresh Raina was roped in as his replacement. However, he didn’t allow the ouster to ruffle him mentally and rather worked hard to make a comeback.
Recently, he passed the test and is currently a part of the India ‘A’ team, which is playing a quadrangular series also involving Australia ‘A’, India ‘B’ and South Africa ‘A’. Today, he played a superlative knock of 62 runs from 107 deliveries to help his team track down 152 runs after they were reduced to 29/4 in 13.1 overs. His 109-run stand partnership with Krunal Pandya helped India ‘A’ script the victory.
It is always a matter of pride
“I was disappointed with myself that I could not clear the test. Nothing against the test at all as everybody has to attain a certain fitness level playing for India. To be honest, I believe in it. I was disappointed with myself as to why I could not clear the test so I worked towards it and cleared it,” Rayudu was quoted as saying in the post-match press conference.
The Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is scheduled to be played from the second week of September and 32-year would be desperate to stake his claim back into the national team on the backs on some impressive performance in the ongoing series. Meanwhile, Rayudu mentioned playing for the nation as a matter of pride and is patiently waiting for his chance.
“I cleared it a few days back and I also got a call up and am happy to be back in the scheme of things. In a country of billion people, if you are able to represent your country, you will be happy, it is always a matter of pride. And I am happy that I am now in the scheme of things and just waiting for the opportunity,” the Andhra Pradesh-born batsman added.