Aakash Chopra, a former India international, praised the venerable Chennai Super Kings batsman Ambati Rayudu for his contribution to the recently concluded IPL 2023. He stated that captain MS Dhoni utilized the cricketer effectively throughout the tournament and that he was versatile enough to bat anywhere. He also stated that the ‘Impact Player’ rule benefited him greatly this season.
Notably, on the finals night against Gujarat Titans, Rayudu scored 19 runs off eight deliveries to drag CSK back into the game. The 37-year-old had a very poor season with the bat, but his contribution in the final enabled the team led by MS Dhoni win the tournament for the fifth time in their history.
“Very few people finish their final match with a trophy in possession. This year, Dhoni utilized him effectively, and he will be the Impact Player if they are batting second, but he may choose not to field if they bat first. His stroke in the final match he played, if Chennai won the tournament, was crucial,” said a former Indian opener.
“In fact, he hit two sixes and a four in the three balls preceding his wicket, scoring 16 runs in three balls.” You required 10 runs from the final two deliveries. If he had only scored 10 runs in those three balls, you would have required 16 runs off the final two balls, which was impossible,” Chopra wrote on his YouTube channel.
Chopra Ambati Rayudu concluded his IPL career as one of the most decorated franchise cricketers of the twenty-first century. Rayudu scored runs regardless of where he batted. The cricketer has won six IPL trophies, and when Aakash Chopra was asked about this, he praised him and stated that he was a player who could adapt to any role assigned by the management.
“He won six trophies, three for Mumbai and three for Chennai.” He played significant roles and scored runs regardless of where he batted. Without a doubt, he played exceptionally well against spin, but he was also very effective against rapid bowling. He simply knew how to score runs, play huge shots, and when to take risks and when not to,” Chopra said.