IPL 2018: Ambati Rayudu eager to take the field for Chennai Super Kings
After having played for the Mumbai Indians all these years, the batsman will ply his trade for the Super Kings in the upcoming season.
Updated - Mar 16, 2018 1:11 pm
Ambati Rayudu has struggled to find his feet in international cricket, however, has been a prolific run-scorer over the years in the Indian Premier League. The Guntur-born cricketer made his debut in the domestic league for the Mumbai Indians back in 2010 and has subsequently represented the franchise in eight successive seasons.
However, he was released by the Indians ahead of the eleventh season and he entered the auction at a base price of INR 50 lakh. However, he was bought for a significant amount of INR 2.20 crore by the Chennai Super Kings in the auction ceremony at Bangalore. Rayudu has played 114 games thus far in the event and has scored 2416 runs with 14 half-centuries.
‘A champion side’- Rayudu
The cricketer recently spoke to the media and expressed his desire to represent his new franchise. “Coming to CSK and playing for such a champion side is really exciting. We have a great set up. Getting into the IPL, I would like to be at my best in terms of my performances and hopefully, it contributes to the team’s win,” Rayudu was quoted as saying by Time of India.
The Baroda player also talked about his aspirations and his goals of staking a claim back to the national side. “I’m not really looking at the number or slot. Once the camp starts and things get in order, we will start looking at roles. I am not looking (or thinking) about a national comeback. I had a good domestic season for Hyderabad. I’m happy to be part of CSK and looking forward to doing well,” he added
Chennai Super Kings have gone through a rough phase in the last couple of years. However, the franchise managed to retain the likes of Dwayne Bravo, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and Suresh Raina and will be looking to reinstate their authority in the tournament.