In some recent reports coming in, the Indian middle order batsman Ambati Rayudu seems in danger as the International Cricket Council has banned him from bowling in international cricket.
Rayudu’s bowling action was reported for suspect after the first ODI played between India and Australia on January 13. Consequently, Rayudu was called for a test for his action within 14 days. However Rayudu chose not to appear for the test and this resulted in the board suspending him from bowling in the highest level of cricket.
Now, to be able to bowl again in the international cricket, Rayudu will have to prove before the authorities that he has a legal action and get a clean chit from them. But, until then, he can represent India as a batsman. Most probably, the reason for Rayudu not appearing for the test was that he a full time batsman. He is not a regular in bowling. In fact, he is not a regular part-timer as well. For a fact, he has bowled only nine times in international cricket. The reason why he was called for rolling his arm over because in the absence of Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya, skipper Virat Kohli did not have any other option. He had to call Rayudu or bowl himself so obviously he chose Rayudu.
Having made his comeback to the highest level of cricket after more than a couple of years during the Asia Cup last year, Rayudu has been given the responsibility of batting at No. 4, a batting slot India were struggling to fill in the recent years. He has been getting strong competition for the same from Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni also. But he seems to be skipper Kohli’s goto person for that spot.
While he started well in the Asia Cup and the series against Windies at home, playing outside the sub-continent asked questions of Rayudu’s potential. Whether he will make it to the India squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 or not will be really interesting to see.