[caption id="attachment_745955" align="alignnone" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/ambati-rayudu.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-745955" alt="Ambati Rayudu" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/ambati-rayudu.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Ambati Rayudu (Getty Images)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Not long ago, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ambati-rayudu/">Ambati Rayudu</a> had spoken about how he was waiting for the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/after-acing-yo-yo-test-ambati-rayudu-waiting-for-right-opportunity-738582">right opportunity</a> to break into the India playing XI after acing the Yo-Yo test. At the beginning of this month, his prayers were answered after he was named in India's <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/asia-cup-2018-virat-kohli-rested-khaleel-ahmed-in-indias-odi-squad-741147">16-member ODI squad</a> for the Asia Cup 2018 which got underway from Saturday in the UAE. <p></p> <p></p>With less than a year remaining for the World Cup, India are facing a middle-order muddle. With the top-three selecting themselves (Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli), there's a bit of competition for the No. 4 slot. <p></p> <p></p>For Rayudu to become a ODI regular and thereby brighten his chances for the World Cup next year, Asia Cup presents a perfect opportunity to lay his claim. <p></p> <p></p>But he's not thinking about that as it will bring in extra pressure. "To be very honest, (I) haven t thought about it or looked at it as a competition. It is just an opportunity to express myself and I don t want to put more pressure to my game by thinking about these (things), Rayudu was quoted as saying by The Hindu on Saturday. <p></p> <p></p>In 2016, after India's tour of Zimbabwe, Rayudu was troubled by a knee injury that kept him on the sidelines for almost a year. But he remained calm during the period and now is ready to make the opportunity count. <p></p> <p></p>"I don t think there was period of frustration. After 2016, I was injured for year. This year I played well in the IPL. Main thing is I feel age doesn t matter as long as you are fit," he was quoted as saying.