As the days inch closer to the 2019 World Cup Indian Cricket team stays in search of a batsman who could stabilize the middle order which generally seems to scatter as the top order fails. The position of number 4 in the Indian batting order is very crucial position as see the World Cup a few months away. There are many contestants who could make a cut to this spot and make the best of the batting orders Indian has ever seen.
One of the competitors for this spot is Ambati Thirupathi Rayudu; was born on 23rd September 1985, in the Guntur city of Andhra Pradesh. He was born into a middle class family as his father worked in the Archives Department of the state government. His father was one of his greatest inspirations for him to join cricket in the tender ages of his life. His father got him into the Cricket Coaching in Hyderabad by former cricketer Vijay Paul.
He started his professional cricket training in the year 1992 when he as in his third grade and his father took him to the academy for the first time. Since then he has never lost the touch with cricket. He began his cricketing career by playing for Hyderabad in the U-16 and U-19 categories. He also was a part of the U-15 Indian team for the ACC U-19 Tournament and up being the highest run getter of the tournament as well as won the Man of the Final versus Pakistan.
Rayudu’s prolific rate if scoring runs in the lower age category made him elevate to the Senior Hyderabad team very early. He made his first class debut for Hyderabad in the 2001-02 season of Ranji Trophy. In his debut match he made 33 runs batting at number 4. On his first assignment for the India U-19 he opened against the English and made 291 runs and ending up being the highest run scorer of the bilateral series which India swept 3-0.
In December 2014 the newly formed selection committees which included Sandeep Patil picked of Rayudu for the first time for a T20i series against England in place of then-injured Manoj Tiwary. But he was not able to make a cut into the playing XI in all of the 3 matches. During the West Indies tri-series in July 2013, Rayudu was named as a replacement for MS Dhoni but still could not feature in the playing XI. Finally, he made his India debut on 24th July 2013 when he was picked up in a second string squad against Zimbabwe a month later.
Since then he was gone through many ups and down in his cricketing life. He recently came into the limelight after failing the yo-yo test conducted by BCCI even looking to be fit enough and Suresh Raina being picked over him for the England tour. We hope to see him clear the yo-yo test and dress in Blues before the 2019 World Cup and provide the much-needed strength to the Indian middle order.