<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Ambati Rayudu thanks Sachin Tendulkar and Robin Singh for success on debut" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130725131614.jpg" title="Ambati Rayudu thanks Sachin Tendulkar and Robin Singh for success on debut" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Ambati Rayudu played alongside Sachin Tendulkar for Mumbai Indians in the IPL © AFP</p> </div> <strong>Harare: Jul 25, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Elated after a successful ODI debut following years of struggle, Indian batsman <a href="/tags/Ambati-Rayudu/post" target="_blank">Ambati Rayudu</a> thanked <a href="/tags/Sachin-Tendulkar/post" target="_blank">Sachin Tendulkar</a> for helping him through the tough days of waiting.<br /> <br /> "Sachin [Tendulkar] and <a href="/tags/Robin-Singh/post" target="_blank">Robin Singh</a> especially. They've helped me a lot, and I'd definitely like to thank them for that," Rayudu said.<br /> <br /> "I always had the belief that if I could <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/India-vs-Zimbabwe-2013-Ambati-Rayudu-celebrates-his-long-awaited-call-up-with-a-sensible-innings/29272" target="_blank">get things right</a> and I could get my mind right I could make it into the team one day, and I'm really happy that I got my chance today," he added.<br /> <br /> The 27-year-old Rayudu scored an 84-ball 63, forging a crucial 159-run partnership with skipper Virat Kohli that guided India to victory in the opening ODI against Zimbabwe yesterday.<br /> <br /> "It feels marvellous. It's been pretty emotional. More than nervous, I was very emotional," he added.<br /> <br /> Rayudu lauded Kohli, whose swashbuckling hundred blew away the Zimbabweans.<br /> <br /> "I think he's playing the best cricket possible. I definitely feel that he's the best in the world right now in the one-day format. He made it a lot easier for me, and I was just looking at the way he was constructing his innings. It's a very good learning experience," he said.<br /> <br /> Rayudu, who has played 80 first-class matches averaging over 46 for his 5183 runs, also thanked his family for standing by him during the struggling days.<br /> <br /> "My family, my friends and especially the Mumbai Indians support staff [have been there for me]," Rayudu said.