Ambati Rayudu: Ambitious and unapologetic

Published on: Feb 1, 2018 3:44 pm IST|Updated on: Feb 1, 2018 3:44 pm IST

Ambati Rayudu

Indian Cricketer and Hyderabad captain Ambati Rayudu has been handed a two-match suspension after he was found guilty of breaching the BCCI code of conduct during a match between Hyderabad and Karnataka in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

BCCI’s statement:

“Rayudu pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by BCCI and.  The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Mr Abhijit Deshmukh, Mr Ulhas Vithalrao Gandhe, and third umpire Mr Anil Dandekar. The BCCI is further looking into the role of Hyderabad Team Manager in this untoward incident,” it said.

Due to his suspension, now he won’t be able to play in the first two matches for Hyderabad in Vijay Hazare Trophy.

But, it is not for the first time when Rayadu is mired in a controversy,  he has indulged himself in ugly spats earlier too:

Spat with Bhajji:

It was during a match of IPL season 9 where Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants were clashing with each other.  Sourabh Tiwary was batting for Rising Pune Supergiants when he pulled a short ball from MI offie Harbhajan from wide of off-stump to the gap between deep mid-wicket and long-on. Rayudu’s dive guided the ball over the ropes, which made Harbhajan furious. It almost triggered an on-field confrontation between MI teammates, but Bhajji showed calm and tried to comfort Rayudu.

When Arjun Yadav took the stumps out:

Middle-order batsman Ambati Tirupati Rayudu was attacked by Hyderabad captain Arjun Yadav during the last day of the Elite Ranji Trophy match between Andhra and Hyderabad.  According to sources, Rayudu’s wicket was followed by some sarcastic comments by Arjun Yadav, agitated by his remarks, Rayudu told him that Arjun Yadav was in Hyderabad side only because of his father Shivlal Yadav  who is a former International cricketer. Enraged by this, Arjun took out a stump to attack Rayudu and Rayudu was ready to defend with his bat.

Scuffle with a Senior Citizen:

He got into a heated argument with some senior citizens. The batsman was seen charging at a pedestrian. A video clip went viral which showed him stepping out of his car and indulging in physical fight and a heated fight. The spat broke out during  an argument over rash driving.

Rayudu had trouble with then Hyderabad coach Rajesh Yadav too, after which he was shifted to Andhra. But, in 2017 he returned to Hyderabad as their Ranji captain where Arjun Yadav was the team coach, he then decided to bury the hatchet with him and move on.

Impressive batsman:

He was once touted as one of the brightest batting talents of India. 16-year old Rayudu once played a remarkable innings  against England in 2002, where he hammered 177 runs.

He has played a number of crucial innings for Mumbai Indians batting everywhere from No. 3 to No. 8 in the line-up and he has a decent ODI record scoring 1,055 runs at 50.23 which includes two centuries and six fifties in 34 matches.




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