31-Year-Old Batsman Mumbai Indians
April 8, 2017 Ambati Rayudu News
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Rayudu is out for at least 10 days after a groin injury sustained in the Indians' opening match, ESPN Cric Info reports.
Rayudu required a stretcher to leave the field after his injury in the Indians' season opener. The 31-year-old was Mumbai's second-highest run-scorer last season with 334 runs from 13 matches, which was behind only Rohit Sharma's 389 in 14. Indians may call on 27-year-old batsman Saurabh Tiwary to replace Rayudu. Tiwary has a T20 average of 29.71, strike rate of 122.49, and a high score of 69.
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Fantasy AnalysisRayudu has eaten up Zimbabwe in ODI's with an average of 123, having scored 369 runs in seven innings with four not outs. In the first two matches of the series, he has 103 runs unbeaten and looks a good bet to score well in the third and final ODI of the series on Wednesday.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Indians sustained the prompt loss of captain Rohit Sharma on a nick to the keeper, bringing Rayudu into the fold at No. 3 on the third ball of the match. With Punjab's bowling unit varying length, Rayudu and Parthiv Patel stumbled to 25/1 at the end of the fifth, but the ropes were a part of the action for the remainder of their partnership. Rayudu himself took it upon himself to exploit the spinners, racking up 29 off 12 balls from Axar Patel, but his attempt at a hat trick of sixes off the young left-arm in the 15th resulted in his departure. Through six innings in IPL9, Rayudu has been Mumbai's most consistent batsman, with scores ranging from 20 to Monday's mark for a 36.16 average.
Fantasy AnalysisThe installation of Martin Guptill as opener inspired unintended consequences, with the Kiwi's early dismissal seemingly provoked Parthiv Patel, Rohit Sharma, and Jos Buttler to similar fates. Upon the latter's exit in the 11th, Rayudu was left to pick up the pieces with Krunal Pandya, but the duo didn't make inroads until the 14th, when they combined for 39 runs in the span of two overs. While singles and dot balls dominated Rayudu's time with the bat, he still managed Mumbai's top score and was largely responsible for the 142 posted in the first innings.
Fantasy AnalysisRayudu will be available for the three ODIs and two T20s that commence on July 10. While he wasn't selected for eight World Cup matches earlier this year, he boasts a 39.35 average at a 75.96 strike rate on the backs of five 50s and one century in 26 career ODI innings. His IPL8 campaign also produced a 31.22 average and 145.59 strike rate in 14 innings en route to the title with the Mumbai Indians.
Fantasy AnalysisRayudu picked his spots in a 71-run stand with Kieron Pollard, scattering three sixes about the field in his most-productive appearance since May 5, a span of six games. Although his innings this season were fickle on occasion, he managed to average 31.22 off a career IPL-best 145.59 strike rate. He'll next be available for selection in the three ODIs that compose the bulk of June's tour of Bangladesh.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter the Indians staggered to 4/40 in sixth over of the chase, Rayudu and Rohit Sharma sustained the second innings with a 60-run stand over the next 10 overs. At the point of Sharma's dismissal, though, 53 were still required from the final 28 balls to bring the match home. Swapping in for Sharma, Keiron Pollard teamed with Rayudu to shatter the collective mind of Dehli's bowling unit, striking three fours and four sixes to achieve victory with three balls to spare. On the season, Rayudu has posted a handful of productive outings -- also, 53 not out, 30, and 29 -- but four scores in single digits, including two ducks, have hindered his figures. Nevertheless, he boasts a 30.83 average and 137.03 strike rate, which comfortably better his career marks of 27.07 and 126.24, respectively.
Fantasy AnalysisIn the first two matches of this year's IPL, Rayudu tallied a duck and 13 against last year's finalists, the Knight Riders and Kings XI, respectively. After the underwhelming performances, his side opted to install Unmukt Chand, who put up 12 off 17. Although Rayudu is among the Indians' choices to man wicketkeeper, Aditya Tare (two times) and Parthiv Patel (on Tuesday) have so far assumed that role. Nevertheless, Rayudu holds a 26.10 average at a 124.22 strike rate in 78 IPL innings.