'He needs to wake up' - Kevin Pietersen slams Ambati Rayudu for his running between the wickets against RCB

‘He needs to wake up’ – Kevin Pietersen slams Ambati Rayudu for his running between the wickets against RCB

Rayudu came in the middle in the fourth over and was dismissed in the 18th over.

Kevin Pietersen and Ambati Rayudu
Kevin Pietersen and Ambati Rayudu. (Photo Source: Getty Images and IPL/BCCI)

Chennai Super Kings (CSK), continuing their woeful run, suffered yet another defeat while chasing in the on-going IPL 2020. Royal Challengers Bangalore, on Saturday, thrashed CSK by 37 runs to plunge more misery on the three-time champions.

One of the most consistent sides of the IPL, CSK have registered only two victories this season in seven games so far. If they want to book a Playoff berth, MS Dhoni’s men will have to pull up their socks and deliver in their remaining games and script a turnaround in the latter phase of the tournament.

Talking about CSK’s drubbing against RCB, their batting, yet again, fizzled out against the asking run-rate. While chasing 170, the Chennai batting unit showed very little intent, ending up amassing only 132/8 in their stipulated 20 overs. Right from the start, CSK batsmen failed to put their foot on the accelerator.

The asking run-rate kept on climbing and CSK ultimately succumbed to the pressure, handing a 37-run victory to the Virat Kohli-led side. Following CSK’s defeat, former England international Kevin Pietersen was not impressed with Ambati Rayudu’s running between the wickets.

I don’t care who you are, you have to watch the best: Kevin Pietersen

Rayudu came in the middle in the fourth over and was dismissed in the 18th over. Despite staying at the crease for so long, the right-hander didn’t show any urgency with his willow. He ended up scoring only 42 runs while facing 40 deliveries.

Pietersen slammed Rayudu for not even trying to take a double during the eighth over of the innings. While his partner N. Jagadeesan had already completed the first run and tried to take a double, Rayudu was yet to complete the first run.

“Ambati Rayudu needs to wake up a little bit. You see the best players in the world, they run between the wickets, they push the sweepers hard. When you are chasing these kind of numbers, I don’t care who you are, you have to watch the best and the best sprint between the wickets,” Kevin Pietersen said on-air.

“Watch Kohli, watch de Villiers, watch du Plessis, Warner, Bairstow, they set the standards, you’ve got to follow,” he added.