Rayudu’s hundred helps India to solve the problem of the number four batsman
More the than the massive victory against Windies in the fourth ODI what would have satisfied the Indian team management more was the century scored by Ambati Rayudu at number four. India has been struggling to find an ideal batsman for the number four position for a long time and with Rayudu getting some good scores, it seems that the headache is solved for the team at least for now. And Rayudu’s hundred delighted the Twitterati as well, as the social media network was flooded with tweets that appreciated the Indian batsman for his effective performance.
For the first time since January 2017, an India batsman at No. 4 or lower has scored an ODI hundred!
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) October 29, 2018
Rayudu produces a crucial innings
Rohit and Dhawan provided India a pacy start in the fourth ODI but Dhawan’s wicket and Kohli’s surprising and rare failure pushed India in a spot of bother. But Ambati Rayudu bailed the team out with Rohit Sharma and scored a monumental 211 run partnership for the third wicket.
The right-hand batsman played the spinners effectively and kept the scoreboard ticking in the middle overs. He changed the gears in the death overs and produced his hundred in just 80 balls. Rayudu’s composed innings allowed India to reach a massive total of 377 runs in 50 overs.
Twitter reacts to Rayudu’s vital contribution
In the second ODI, the right-hand batsman scored 73 runs off 80 balls but failed to convert the start into a triple-figure score. After the match, he admitted that he missed on a golden opportunity and also hoped that he would perform better in the subsequent games.
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The middle-order batsman proved his words right as he scored a hundred in the fourth ODI. Soon after the Indian batsman reached his century, former and current cricketers, fans and cricket analysts flooded Twitter with tweets that appreciated the Indian batsman.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 29, 2018
Ambati Rayudu is the great survivor of Indian cricket. Happy to bat anywhere, always contributing. You never write him off. Much to admire in him.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 29, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 29, 2018
Good intent from India today. Nice collective effort with the bat. Rohit Sharma was a treat to watch as he always is when in full flow but a very important 100 for @RayuduAmbati and feel happy for him #IndvWI
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 29, 2018
Rayudu was I believe captain of u-19 WC team but due to his inconsistency, he was not able cement his place though was most talented. Still, he should score upto 50 patiently & then, blast. Hope he will maintain his consistency now. Great innings today. #AmbatiRayudu
— Sun elucidates (@RajenKaushal) October 29, 2018
— Debesh Palai (@palai_debesh2) October 29, 2018
— Sir Rohit Sharma (@SirRohitSharm13) October 29, 2018
💯 for Ambati Rayudu!
It’s been a great knock, full of attacking intent. 🔥 He has made good use of the opportunity given to him at number 4.
— Ajo Antony Mathew (@Ajoanto6) October 29, 2018
What an incredible innings from Ambati Rayudu! This guy is fixed for the no.4 spot. #INDvWI
— Mahalakshmi Krishnan (@imMahaaaVKohli) October 29, 2018