Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 ended with Chennai Super Kings defeating Gujarat Titans in the final. With the 16th edition of the IPL, the career of veteran batter Ambati Rayudu also ended. Although his tenure with the Indian national team ended a few years ago, Rayudu gave up all forms of play after the IPL. Sharing some interesting anecdotes from Rayudu’s career, former Indian striker Aakash Chopra reminisced about the CSK star’s teenage days, saying he was chosen with the hope of becoming “the next Sachin Tendulkar”.
“Let me tell you a little anecdote about my first meeting with Ambati Raudu. It was in 2003, it was the India A tour of the West Indies. A small child named Ambati Raudu was chosen there. time,” Chopra said in a video on his YouTube channel.
“He was chosen with the hope that he would be the next Sachin Tendulkar, which the boy is extremely talented. He looks like a prodigy in that he can bat, play very well on the pitch and can also bowl,” he added.
The cricketer-turned-expert revealed that the team’s senior players were given special instructions to take care of Rayud, as he was considered a child prodigy.
“Ashok Malhotra was our coach there and the selectors gave him special instructions to take care of the baby because he is the future of India. V. V. S. Laxman was the captain on the tour and he saw the kid playing in Hyderabad. impressed, but when you build a team you need to consider all things.
“There was not a single off-spinner in our team. It was an extremely interesting selection of the team. We had Murali Kartik as the left spinner and Amit Mishra as the leg spinner. In the battle we had Gautam Gambhir, Connor Williams, myself, Air Force Laxman and Abhijit Kale. So Ambati Rayudu got a chance to play in such a team,” he said.
As a result, Rayudu had a bad time as a spinner.
“The poor guy was hitting really low, okay, and he was being asked to serve the ball off the spin between them, which the poor guy couldn’t do. throws at other times, and in between takes balls from the wicket.”
“I remember the short leg and midwicket fielders were a little scared when Ambati came bowling because the West Indian guys were hitting really hard. So you were scared because you were in the line of fire. I used to be short. , so I used to tell him not to lose.”
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