‘Has an impact on everyone’

Indian cricketer Ambati Rayudu has commented on who is the best skipper on the Indian cricket team, during a recent interview with PTI. The 36-year-old cricketer has been playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) since the 2018 season. He made headlines earlier during the ICC ODI World Cup 2019 for not being included in the Indian squad for the tournament when Allrounder Vijay Shankar was selected ahead of him. He expressed his disappointment at the same by announcing his decision from all forms of cricket in July 2019, before running for office two years later.

Meanwhile, Rayudu mentioned when talking about his stay with the four-time IPL champions CSK that the legendary skipper MS Dhoni has brought out the best in him. “My stay with CSK has been very special. We have won two IPLs so far and played a final. 2018 was a very special season, a comeback season for CSK, and the fact that we won the IPL that year made it very special. Dhoni bhai has had the impact of getting the best out of me, not just me, but he has an impact on everyone and brings the best performance out of everyone on the team. That’s why he’s the best captain India has ever had, Ryudu told PTI.

Ambati Rayudu wants to join CSK again for IPL 2022

When we talked about the tough time he faced in 2019, Rayudu expressed that the ODI World Cup was a disappointing phase for him as he did not reach the team. However, he added that his comeback was dedicated to CSK and how the franchise helped him get him through the phase. Rayudu is in the player pool ahead of the IPL 2022 mega-auction, as CSK chose to keep Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Moeen Ali and Ruturaj Gaikwad.

Rayudu told PTI he hopes to join the CSK squad for the next IPL cycle, which will continue for the next three editions. “I would love to keep playing until I’m in good shape and fit. I want to be ready for the next cycle, which is three years, and I’m working hard on my fitness,” Rayudu said. Andhra Pradesh in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021 and looked to be in good shape.

(With input from PTI)

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