37 Facts About Ambati Rayudu

1. Ambati Rayudu put a strong case forward for his place in the marquee event after finishing the India-New Zealand ODI series as the highest.

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2. Ambati Rayudu got his chance to play ODIs in Zimbabwe in 2013, where many seniors including MS Dhoni were rested, and the team was led by Virat Kohli.

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3. Ambati Rayudu got his maiden national call-up as a replacement for an injured Manoj Tiwary for a T20I against England at Edgbaston.

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4. Ambati Rayudu is yet to make his Test debut, he has played 31 ODIs for which includes 2 centuries and 5 half-centuries and an individual best of 124*.

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5. Ambati Rayudu put up a 98-run stand with all-rounder Vijay Shankar for the 5th wicket after India was reduced to 18 for four by Kiwi bowlers.

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6. Ambati Rayudu won the man of the match for his brilliant knock of 90 runs.

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7. Ambati Rayudu played two ODIs on the Bangladesh tour in June 2015 and averaged 22.

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8. Ambati Rayudu averaged 28.50 in the home ODI series against West Indies in October 2014.

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9. Ambati Rayudu struggled during the three-match ODI tour of Bangladesh, making two single-digit scores.

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10. Ambati Rayudu played in all matches of 2014 Asia Cup and scored 58 against Pakistan.

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11. Ambati Rayudu became the 12th Indian batsman to score a half-century on ODI debut.

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12. Ambati Rayudu made 63* and in partnership with his captain, Virat Kohli, who made a century, helped India win.

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13. Ambati Rayudu played for Rest of India in the 2013 Irani Cup against Mumbai and scored 51 and 156*.

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14. Ambati Rayudu was included in the 30 probables for the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 but failed to make it to the final 15-man squad.

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15. Ambati Rayudu averaged 24.83 with the bat at the tournament and was banned for the semifinal against Pakistan for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct in the previous match.

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16. Ambati Rayudu captained India Under-19s to the title at the Asia Under-19 tournament, with an unbeaten fifty in the final.

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17. Ambati Rayudu became the youngest player in the history of Ranji Trophy to score a double century and a century in the same match.

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18. Ambati Rayudu appeared for India Under-15s at the ACC Under-15 Trophy in 2000, finishing as the leading run-scorer of the tournament and winning man of the match in the final against Pakistan.

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19. Ambati Rayudu eventually made his international debut in July 2013, in an ODI against Zimbabwe.

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20. Ambati Rayudu plays for Hyderabad in domestic cricket, and Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.

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21. Ambati Rayudu has all but have snuffed out whatever residual hope Yuvraj might have entertained by cementing his hold over the two-drop position in One-Day Internationals, while Thursday's decision by Kings XI Punjab to release their one-time 'icon.

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22. Ambati Rayudu passed the yo-yo test to find a way back to the side ahead of the recently-concluded series against the Windies.

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23. Ambati Rayudu has emerged as the front-runner for the position most recently, with Kohli saying that he was likely to remain at that spot for the World Cup.

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24. Ambati Rayudu has been involved in confrontations with players and umpires throughout his career.

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25. Ambati Rayudu married Chennupalli Vidya, a college friend, on 14 February 2009.

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26. In the subsequent tour of Zimbabwe, Ambati Rayudu scored an unbeaten 124 in the first ODI at Harare and won the man of the match award.

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27. Ambati Rayudu averaged 19.33 in the tri-series against Australia and England and was selected in India's 15-member squad for the 2015 Cricket World Cup which reached the semifinal, but did not appear in any of the matches in the tournament.

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28. Ambati Rayudu was picked in the ODI and T20I squads for the tour of England in July 2014.

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29. In an interview in November 2007, Ambati Rayudu backed his decision to play in the ICL by remarking, "I didn't want to play ten years of domestic cricket and feel that I have not played any international-quality opposition.

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30. Ambati Rayudu could play only three Ranji matches that season as he suffered a knee injury that kept him out of action.

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31. In 2003, Ambati Rayudu played extensively for India A on its West Indies and England tours.

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32. Ambati Rayudu began his career playing for Hyderabad youth teams in the late-1990s, playing at the Under-16 and Under-19 levels.

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33. Ambati Rayudu was born on 23 September 1985 in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.

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34. Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu combined for a 211-run stand for the fourth wicket in the fourth ODI against West Indies.

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35. Ambati Rayudu played a supporting role to Rohit Sharma for most of the day, but the significance of his hundred cannot be understated.

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36. Ambati Rayudu reveals his comeback story and it involves biryani.

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37. Ambati Rayudu scored a brilliant century in the 4th ODI against West Indies, and has shown his potential as a number 4 batsman.

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