Ambati Rayadu has come out in defence of his team-mates © Getty Images
Ambati Rayadu has come out in defence of his team-mates © Getty Images

 

March 6, 2014

 

After former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar came down heavily on the team’s work-ethics following the humiliating defeats in South Africa and New Zealand and the exit from the Asia Cup 2014, Ambati Rayadu has defended the team by refuting the batting legend’s claims.

 

“We have been working as hard as anybody, if not more. Moreover, we had three games in five days, and it’s not only us, no team has practised when they had back-to-back games,” said Rayadu who was speaking to the Hindu.

 

“We have played a game here just two days after travelling from New Zealand. Some people are definitely going through some mental fatigue as well, but I’m sure the team management is doing a fantastic job,” added Rayadu.

 

When queried about how stand-in skipper Virat Kohli performed in Asia Cup 2014 Rayadu concluded by saying, “He’s been learning a lot from [M.S.] Dhoni bhai as you can see in his captaincy. He’s been very proactive and did a fantastic job against Pakistan.”