IPL: MI look to in-form Rayudu for CSK test

  • Firoz Mirza, Hindustan Times, Chennai
  • Updated: May 08, 2015 15:49 IST

Following his 27-ball 53, which lifted Mumbai Indians to imposing total despite middleorder slump against Rajasthan Royals the other day, Ambati Rayudu dropped enough hint to the team management that he wanted to bat up the order.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2015/5/08_05_15-metro21a.jpgBut fortunes did not change for the Hyderabad batsman and one match later he was pushed one spot down to No 6 against the visiting Delhi Daredevils. An unbeaten 49 off 40 in the chase helped Mumbai to a much-needed victory.

But somehow not giving their inform batsman an opportunity to face the most deliveries defied logic given the short format.

Skipper Rohit Sharma, who opens for India, has already been demoted in a bid to provide solidity to the middle order.

Ironically, Mumbai opener Parthiv Patel believed the team doesn’t need to tinker with the batting order. “Certain players have certain roles and we are happy they are clicking in their role. Personally I think there is no chance that the batting order would be changed,” he said.

Adding weight to his logic, Patel also said that Rayudu loves to finish games and has been working hard. It will be interesting to see how effective Rayudu is and at what position he plays in the Chennai Super Kings clash on Friday.

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