Ambati Rayadu, whose valiant innings of unbeaten 124 saved India from a humiliating defeat in the hands of Zimbabwe, felt that as if he was batting in England rather than in Zimbabwe.
When asked about his knock, he said, “Definitely. I would rate this as one of my better innings, especially scoring it after the team being five down. The ball was doing a lot at the start. It felt like we were batting in England rather than in Zimbabwe. It feels satisfying because we could win the game on the back of it,” Rayudu told bcci.tv.
“I have been batting in situations like that for the last four-five years in Indian Premier League (IPL). Also, I have been part of the Indian team for a couple of years now and have spent a lot of time sitting in the change room watching Dhoni bhai bat in similar situations. I keep observing what he does and how he controls the game. There is a lot you can learn just by sitting out and I am happy that whatever I am learning, I am able to implement in the middle.”
India were in a very adverse situation after they lost their entire top order and were struggling at 87/5. Rayudu along with Stuart Binny(77), put up a 6th wicket 164 run partnership to steady the innings and helped India to reach a challenging score of 255/6 . They both courageously, under immense pressure and surely saved India from another heart-broken loss in the hands of the low ranked team, especially after the Bangaldesh massacre.
Rayadu, who made his national debut almost two years back against the same opponents at the same ground, since then he has featured in few games for India. He was part of the world cup squad but did not get a chance in the final XI in any of the matches. For someone who has mostly been sidelined to the benches, Rayudu grasped this opportunity to cement his place in the final squad.