Ambati Rayudu has played a pivotal part for CSK in this edition of the IPL, slotting into that opener’s role at first and then playing his trade in his favoured number 4 slot.
Incidentally he scored a match winning 79 whilst batting at number 4 against SRH, much to the delight of the CSK fans.
MS Dhoni hailed Ambati Rayudu’s class and adaptability in the post match presentation, as Rayudu was first asked to play the opener’s role in the absence of Faf, and when Faf returned, was slotted back into his earlier role of a middle order batsman.
Ambati Rayudu is an IPL veteran who served Mumbai Indians in the first decade of the IPL before being picked up by the Chennai franchise in this year’s mega auctions.
Rayudu has an old connect with the CSK franchise though, as MS Dhoni and team once checked out of a hotel because Rayudu wasn’t being allowed in with his home cooked Hyderabadi biryani.
Back in 2014 , Rayudu, who is a Hyderabad boy had wanted to meet the CSK team in their hotel, when they were featuring in the 2014 Champions league. The Grand Kakatiya hotel management didn’t allow Rayudu to enter with the Biryani as outside eatables are not allowed into the hotel. When MS Dhoni got to know that he decided to check out of the hotel and alongside a few other teammates like Suresh Raina and Dwayne Bravo they tasted the Biryani in the parking lot.
This incident spoke volumes about how much MS Dhoni appreciates people’s efforts and he didn’t want Rayudu’s gesture to go in vain at that point. After all these years, Rayudu is playing with the CSK and is doing a fine job.
The gesture was a wonderful one from MS Dhoni, as he did not want to overlook the generosity of Rayudu.
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