01 November, 2020

Meet Chhote Nizam

Ambati Thirupati Rayudu, pint-sized dynamo, may be our next Hyderabadi pearl

Atul Loke
Meet Chhote Nizam
On February 9, when Ambati Thirupathi Rayudu leads the India team out into the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka for the opening ceremony of the Under-19 World Cup, the Indian cricket establishment will be watching very closely. For, the buzz is getting louder: this pint-sized Hyderabadi, who turned 18 on September 23, could be the next Indian batting star.

Captain of India under-19s, member of the India A team, recipient of the Castrol Junior Cricketer award for 2002-03, Rayudu’s career has been gathering momentum for some time now. In the first outing of the three-match odi series between India and England under-19 in 2002, he made 34. In the second, he made 80 from 75 deliveries. And the third match was mayhem. England scored 303. Rayudu, opening the innings, hit 177 not out off 137 balls and completed a 3-0 whitewash for India. "In Rayudu...India look to have unearthed a genuine star for the future," gushed the BBC.

The ‘Test’ series before that had gone rather poorly for him: 15, 9 and 13 in three innings. "I didn’t consider him for the third and final Test. The...



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