Rayudu blazes under Tendulkar's mentoring

Ambati Rayudu is flourishing as abatsman under Sachin Tendulkar

Bengaluru: Apr 13, 2011


A blistering unbeaten 63 off 50 balls under the watchful eyes of Sachin Tendulkar may have given a fresh lease of life to Ambati Rayudu’s aspiration to play for India.


Seven years ago, Rayudu was India’s under-19 captain but found himself sidelined later.


But he took centrestage last night as his rollicking unbeaten knock in the IPL match against Royal Challengers Bangalore prompted his captain Tendulkar to make the magnanimous gesture of sharing the man-of-the-match award with him. The batting icon handed over the cheque of Rs one lakh to the youngster.


As soon as the presenter Robin Jackman announced Tendulkar’s name as man-of-the-match, the Mumbai Indians captain walked up with Rayudu and announced, “It will be bad if I don’t share this with Rayudu”.


“It was a brilliant innings from the young man Rayudu. It was a special stuff,” the maestro said.


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