Ambati Rayudu gave up his favourite food to make it to Team India
Rayudu has more or less confirmed his place for the World Cup.
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Ambati Rayudu has settled the number four debate once and for all with his consistent showing in the ongoing ODI series against the Windies. After scoring a half-century in the series opener, he backed it up with a scintillating century in Mumbai. Even the captain Virat Kohli cleared that the team management will be backing Rayudu until the World Cup to come good and has more or less given the green signal to the cricketer’s selection for the showpiece event.
However, the path towards the national team was by no means easy for Rayudu. He had to dazzle in the Indian Premier League (IPL) while playing for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) earlier this year. He was picked in the ODI squad for England tour and then left out controversially for failing to pass the much-debated yo-yo fitness test.
Ambati Rayudu worked hard on his fitness then and cleared the test with the flying colours to get picked for the ongoing series against the Caribbean side. In the meantime, he also gave up his favourite food and is reaping rich rewards for his decision today.
What did Rayudu give up?
Ambati Rayudu, while speaking to the cricket experts – Mohammad Kaif and VVS Laxman on Star Sports, recalled how he transformed his eating habits which helped him drastically in getting extremely fit which has become one of the important things to be in the Indian team these days.
Hailing from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, the 33-year-old revealed that he loves Biryani a lot and had to give it up in order to wear the blue jersey again. He also went on to add that he hasn’t tasted Biryani from last three months. This is certainly a huge sacrifice from the cricketer but the decision has helped him revive his international career and will be keen to play a crucial role for Team India in the World Cup next year in England.