Aakash Chopra | Akash Chopra made a big disclosure about Ambati Rayudu, said- ‘His next Sachin Tendulkar…’



New Delhi: IPL 2023 (IPL 2023) is over. This season’s trophy has been won by Chennai Super Kings. CSK won this title for the 5th time by defeating Gujarat Titans (GT vs CSK) in the final match. At the same time, with this season of IPL, a CSK player announced his retirement. We are talking about veteran batsman Ambati Rayudu. Veteran batsman Ambati Rayudu’s journey in the Indian team had already ended. At the same time, now after retiring from all formats of cricket, former India batsman Akash Chopra (Aakash Chopra on Ambati Rayudu) recalled the beginning days of Ambati Rayudu. He was selected with the hope of becoming the ‘next Sachin Tendulkar’, he said. He said, “Let me share a small anecdote about my first meeting with Ambati Rayudu. It was the 2003 India A tour of the West Indies. A small child named Ambati Rayudu was selected there. He must have been 16 years old at that time.” Also Read: Aakash Chopra on his YouTube channel talks about Ambati Rayudu, says, “He was picked with the expectation that he would become the next Sachin Tendulkar. This boy is very talented. He is like a prodigy, he can bat, he can field very well and he can bowl as well.” Aakash Chopra told that senior players of the team were given special instructions to take care of Rayudu. Because he was considered a prodigy player. “Ashok Malhotra was our coach there and he had specific instructions from the selectors to take care of the kid as he is the future of India. VVS Laxman was the captain on the tour and he saw the kid playing in Hyderabad, but when you are building a team, you have to take care of everything.” “We didn’t have a single off-spinner in our team. It was a very interesting team selection. We had Murali Karthik as the left-arm spinner and Amit Mishra as the leg-spinner. In batting we have Gautam Gambhir, myself, VVS Laxman and Abhijeet Kale. So Ambati Rayudu got a chance to play in such a team.” Chopra further said in the video, “Rayudu got to bat very low down the order and was asked to bowl off-spin in the middle, which he was unable to do. He was sometimes pitching the ball at his feet or at the feet of the batters. “I remember whenever Ambati came to bowl, the short-leg and mid-wicket fielders used to get a little scared because the West Indies used to hit very hard. So you were scared because you were in the firing line. I used to be at short leg” so I used to tell him not to bowl short.”

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