IPL 2018: Skipper MS Dhoni hails centurion Ambati Rayudu's ability to play pace and spin with equal ease

Dhoni said, "Even before IPL started I had to make space for Rayudu, because he is somebody who I rate very highly. He can play both the fast bowlers and spinners very well."

PTI, May 13, 2018

Pune: Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni heaped praise on Ambati Rayudu for helping his side beat Sunrisers Hyderabad with an unbeaten century, saying he's someone who can score runs equally well against both pacers and spinners.

Ambati Rayudu scored his maiden IPL ton on Sunday. AFP

Ambati Rayudu scored his maiden IPL ton on Sunday. AFP

Opener Rayudu smashed his maiden IPL century, a 100 not out which he made from 62 balls with the help of seven fours and seven sixes as CSK chased down the target of 180 with one over to spare.

"Even before IPL started I had to make space for Rayudu, because he is somebody who I rate very highly. He can play both the fast bowlers and spinners very well. Most teams look to exploit the opener with spin bowling. He is someone who doesn't look like a big-hitter but almost clears the field every time he plays the big shot," Dhoni said after his side beat the Sunrisers by eight wickets.

Dhoni was, however, surprised that ball did not swing much when his side batted.

"I thought the ball will swing more in the second half than what it did for us. The swing was not there, that was a surprise. We got off to a good start. Watson and Rayudu hit boundaries whenever there was an opportunity. Otherwise 180 against SRH would have been a tough chase," he said at the post-match presentation.

Talking about the preferred batting order for his side, Dhoni said, "My plan was to make Rayudu open and if Kedar (Jadhav) was fit, he will bat at 4 or 5. We keep the numbers of overs remaining as the mark and we decide the No. 4 batsman based on that."

Man-of-the-Match Rayudu, on his part, said he was enjoying opening the innings.

"It's a good position (opening) to bat in T20s. I am enjoying it right now. There's no secret. I was ready to open. If you are good at four-day cricket, you can bat at any position," he said.

"I am really happy to be back in the Indian team, hopefully I will do well there."

Asked about batting with senior opening partner Shane Watson, Raydu said, "We are backing ourselves and communicating very well. He has been of great help to me."

Updated Date: May 13, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114