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Ambati Rayudu


Ambati Thirupathi Rayudu, born on 23rd September 1985 is a right-handed middle order Indian professional cricketer, who even occasionally keeps the wicket. He is also a right-arm off break bowler who in domestic cricket plays for Hyderabad in the IPL, plays for the Chennai Super Kings.

At the age of 16, Rayudu began his first-class career playing for Hyderabad in 2002. Subsequently, the following year, he was playing for the India A, and in 2004 captained the Indian Under-19 team for the ICC Cricket World Cup. Expecting a break into the senior team, in 2009 he still could play domestic cricket by accepting BCCI’s amnesty offer and in the IPL played for the Mumbai Indians. His performance in Baroda was stupendous and so was his performance in the IPL. In 2012, finally, he won a place in the Indian Squad for the first time. Eventually, in 2013 July, he played his debut ODI against Zimbabwe. He, recently, announced his retirement from first-class cricket, in November 2018, but still remains in place for limited-overs cricket.

Early personal life

His father Ambati Sambasiva Rao who worked at the archives department was an inspiration for Rayudu, who sought to take up cricket with persistence. In 1992, Rayudu’s father took him to the cricket academy of former Hyderabad cricketer Vijay Paul. He would also take Rayudu on his scooter to several cricket camps and many matches. Each day, Sambasiva Rao would monitor his son’s practices.


Playing for Hyderabad youth teams at the Under-16 and the Under-19 levels, in the late-1990s, Rayudu began his career and even appeared for India at the ACC Under-15 Trophy in 2000. He finished the tournament as the leading scorer and won the man of the match award in the finals that was played against Pakistan. He got elevated to the senior team squad of Hyderabad due to his prolific run-scoring. At the age of 16, during the 2001–02 Ranji Trophy, he made his first-class debut for Hyderabad in the month of January. But that was to be his only first-class appearance of the season where he scored 33 as he batted at 4. He also made appearances for the India Under-19s and was made the captain of the India Under-17s. During his maiden Under-19 appearance, Rayudu was the opener for the India Under-19 tour of England, where he would make a total of 291 runs from 3 innings. The series was swept away by India at 3-0 as Rayudu was also the highest run-getter of the series. In the third ODI, he scored a 169 out of just 177 balls, single-handedly, which is also considered as one of his best efforts – as he took his team from a precarious position of 137 for 6 to a target of 304. In the 2002-03 Ranji Trophy, Rayudu appeared in all of the matches and scored 698 runs on the whole, with an average run rate of 69.80. He finished at no.3 on the leading run-scorers list. During the third Ranji Trophy tournament, he was first 210 and then 159 not out against Andhra. In a single match, in the history of Ranji Trophy, Rayudu would be the only player to have scored a double century.


Full Name: Ambati Thirupathi Rayudu
Date of Birth: 23 September 1985
Nickname: Amba
Birth Place: Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Age: 34
Sun Sign: Virgo
Hometown: Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Height: 5’ 7” (170 cm)
Father: Sambasiva Rao
Mother: Vijayalakshmi
Siblings: NA
School: Bhavan’s Sri Ramakrishna Vidyalaya, Sainikpuri, Secunderabad
College: Bhavan’s Vivekananda College, Secunderabad
Educational Qualification NA
Profession: Cricketer
Hobbies: Playing golf, traveling and reading



Batting Style: Right Handed All-rounder
Bowling Style: Right arm off break
National Side: Indian
ODI Debut: (cap 296) 24 July 2013 against Zimbabwe
Test Debut: NA
T20 Debut: (cap 48) 7 September 2014 against England
ODI Shirt No: 5
T20I Shirt No: 5
Favourite Shot: Scoop Shot
Teams: 2001–2005; 2006-2010; 2017–present Hyderabad

2005–2006 Andhra

2010–2017 Mumbai Indians (squad no. 9)

2010–2016 Baroda

2016–2017 Vidarbha

2018-present Chennai Super Kings (squad no. 9)


• Rayudu does have many feathers on his cap.

• He became the 12th Indian to hit a half-century in an ODI debut, which he achieved against Zimbabwe where he was 63 not out.

• In the 2012-13 Deodhar Trophy, he was the highest scorer at 78 runs and helped his team win.

• His career’s turning point was when he scored 177 runs (not out) against England in an under-19 match in 2002.

• Rayudu played for the India A team extensively, in 2003 as it toured England and West Indies.

• He has also captained the 2004 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup held in Bangladesh, where India were semifinalists.

• In the same year, he would score an unbeaten century against Kenya at Nairobi.

• In 4 One-Day Ranji Trophy matches in 2004-05, he would strike 3 fifties and from across 7 matches he averaged 11.93

• ESPNCricInfo touted the young man as one of the biggest Indian hopes in Middle-Order batting. He was also noted to maintain calm under intense pressure. Critics would praise his scintillating stroke play and subsequently, he was picked for the ICL to replace an injured Manoj Tiwary. This selection panel in December 2012 was headed by Sandeep Patil.

• Rayudu scored 666 runs at an average of 60.54 with a hundred and seven fifties in the subsequent 2012–13 Ranji Trophy season.

• In the 2012–13 Deodhar Trophy final he was the top-scorer. He helped West Zone chase down the target of 290 against North Zone by scoring 78 not out.

• On 24 July 2013, he made his international debut in the first ODI of the series and was crucial in setting up an Indian win. Here, in partnership with Captain Virat Kohli, he would make 63 runs not out (Virat scored a century). Both of them together led India to a win.

• In the following series against Sri Lanka Rayudu scored his maiden ODI century hitting an unbeaten 121 in the second ODI at Ahmedabad.