Team India batsman Ambati Rayudu has stated that he will play for three more years and also hopes to be selected by his old franchise, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the upcoming mega-auction prior to the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL).
Rayudu has won two IPL trophies with CSK so far, with whom he has been playing since the 2018 season as well. He has been consistently scoring runs in the last few seasons and stated that he is working on his fitness to keep up the momentum.
“I would love to keep playing till I am in good form and fit. I will be ready for the next cycle, which is three years and I am working hard on my fitness,” Rayudu, who has played for Andhra in the recent Vijay Hazare Trophy, told PTI. “I recently played the Vijay Hazare Trophy which is five one-day games in six days which I got through well. I am in good shape and I hope to continue to play at least for the next three years.”
Notably, Ambati Rayudu was one of the five standbys for the 2019 ICC World Cup but he didn’t get a chance in the 15-member squad and eventually lost it to Vijay Shankar as well. “2019 World Cup definitely was disappointing for me, for not making the squad. My comeback was dedicated to CSK and how they helped me get through that phase and time and I am thankful to them,” the batsman shared.
Ambati Rayudu again shared that his tenure with four-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings was special as the captain MS Dhoni pretty well knows how to bring the best out of him.
“My stint with CSK has been a very special one. We have won two IPLs till now and played one final. 2018 was a very special season, a comeback season for CSK and us winning the IPL that year made it very special. Dhoni bhai has had the impact of getting the best out of me, not only me but he has an impact on everyone and brings the best performance out of everyone in the team. That is why he is the best captain India has ever had,” Ambati Rayudu stated.
Rayudu, who has been playing for CSK for four years now, said that he would love to play again for CSK and hopes to be picked by them again in the mega auction for the next season as well. Notably, CSK has retained Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Moeen Ali along with MS Dhoni. However, CSK had a rather forgettable show in 2020 but this season they came back in the tournament with example and registered yet another title win as well.
“…I would definitely love to play for CSK. Formally, there has not been any communication with me so far, But I am hoping to get picked by them and have a successful league again. After the 2020 season, this win was very special for us in CSK. I have had my contribution too. I have had a great opportunity and showed my potential. I enjoyed the role I played this year with CSK. Being in the lower middle order, it is difficult to get such an opportunity, and I cherished every moment,” Ambati Rayudu stated.
“I wouldn’t say template but every team looks for a mix of young and experienced players while picking. Especially when there is high pressure, experience really counts. We are seeing a lot of teams being very mature about the selection of their teams and I think this year will be a very interesting auction,” Ambati Rayudu concluded.