Twitter applauds Ambati Rayudu for his third ODI century against Windies in Mumbai
He steered the ball down to the point region, ran a single and raised his arms.
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In the last few months, the Indian top order has been phenomenal, to say the least. The likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Shikhar Dhawan have scored a chunk of the runs and guided their teams to glory on a number of instances. In the meantime, the team management has tried out a number of players in the middle order, one of them is Ambati Rayudu.
He made his ODI debut back in July 2013, but couldn’t quite feature consistently in the team on a consistent basis. In 43 ODIs, the 33-year-old averages an impressive 49.88, having scored 1347 runs. With the World Cup in England and Wales next year knocking on the door, Rayudu has put himself forth as an integral part of the Indian middle-order.
Rayudu milks the Windies bowlers
He is currently playing the five-match ODI series against the Windies and has done reasonably well. In the first three matches in Guwahati, Visakhapatnam, and Pune, the Guntur-born batter scored 22, 73 not out and 22. Rayudu came into his own in the fourth match at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai and accomplished his third century in the 50-overs format.
He came to bat after Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan took India off to a blistering start courtesy of a 71-run stand. He hardly looked flustered during his stay in the middle and brought up the ton in merely 80 balls with the help of eight boundaries and four hits into the stands. In the fourth ball of the 47th over by speedster Keemo Paul, Rayudu reached the milestone.
He steered the ball down to the point region, ran a single and raised his arms, more in relief than in delight. The knock also would invariably have sealed his position in the Indian batting lineup for the mega tournament next year. In the meantime, Twitter hailed the batsman for making full use of the opportunity against the Caribbean team.
Here is how Twitter reacted
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 29, 2018
Ambati Rayudu is the great survivor of Indian cricket. Happy to bat anywhere, always contributing. You never write him off. Much to admire in him.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 29, 2018
Congratulations to Ambati Rayudu for scoring 3rd ODI century .
By this century and consistency in this series I think the musical chairs which was been played for the 4 th position has been conquered by Rayudu .#INDvWI pic.twitter.com/V3RcEhyo3r
— 🇮🇳Telugu Mohan🇮🇳 (@mohan_telugu) October 29, 2018
Ambati Rayudu scores his 3rd ODI ton, his first batting at No.4
Rayudu had played a lot of cricket at the Brabourne Stadium when he was with MI. Made his IPL debut here
As a 16-year-old scored 177 for India Under-19 v Eng U-19. Looked classy
Got his due a little late#INDvWI
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) October 29, 2018
— Vijay Dwivedi (@vijaydwivedi125) October 29, 2018
— Kaustubh Mokal (@KaustubhMokal3) October 29, 2018
AMBATI RAYUDU, OUR NO.4 SLOT BATSMAN!!!!! PLAYED 🎊🎉
— Pa₹idhi $₹ivastava 🏏 (@BeingKohlicious) October 29, 2018
Well played Ambati Rayudu 100(80)!#INDvWI
— AayusH!🇮🇳 (@Cricketician_) October 29, 2018
What an incredible innings from Ambati Rayudu! This guy is fixed for the no.4 spot. #INDvWI
— Mahalakshmi Krishnan (@imMahaaaVKohli) October 29, 2018
ton💯 for Ambati Rayudu who is the great survivor of Indian cricket. Happy to bat anywhere, always contributing. You never write him off. Much to admire in him. Always play for team a true selfless cricketer 🙏
4th odi #indvswindies pic.twitter.com/JsnEyVYdUs
— Anurag Khatkar🇮🇳 (@i_m_khatkar) October 29, 2018
— Mimi Sen (@theblueraven25) October 29, 2018
80 balls 100 for Ambati Rayudu.. Wat an innings it's been.. Superb… India's search for no. 4 batsman almost ends, the opportunity grabbed by Rayudu is truly commendable #INDvWI
— 🏏FAN (@manjit435) October 29, 2018
— Dr. Sámmy (@TheDrSammy) October 29, 2018
100* for Ambati Rayudu!! What a brilliant performance!! Well Played!
😊👌👌#INDvWI 4th ODI
— Tanisha Gupta (@Tanisha2409) October 29, 2018
— Anirban Saha (@_anirban_saha) October 29, 2018