Though Ambati Rayudu made his First-Class debut in the 2001-2002 season, it was the next season that shot him to fame. He scored a double-hundred for Hyderabad, and also put up impressive performance against England Under-19 team. Two years down the line, he would go on to lead the India Under-19s in the 2004 World Cup. India proceeded till semi-final in his tenure. However, Rayudu’s excellent form dipped and he moved to Andhra in domestic circuit. To add more salt to the wound, he was signed for Indian Cricket League, which was against BCCI’s rules.
Rayudu came out of all of it in 2009 and was picked in IPL, where he put up consistent performance for Mumbai Indians for the season and those to follow. This earned him a spot in the India team in 2013. But due to the presence of stars like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane in the squad, Rayudu found it hard to cement his position in top or middle for the major series, becoming a regular in India’s second-string team. One of his most memorable tours has to be the 2014 tour to England. Rayudu hit consecutive half-centuries in ODIs, at Trent Bridge and Headingley, after India had a horrific time in the Tests.