XtraTime Web Desk: Indian captain Virat Kohli can take the credit for Ambati Rayudu’s good form with the bat in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018. The stylish batsman from Hyderabad had a successful season with the bat, amassing 602 runs from 16 matches at an impressive average of 43. Rayudu, who was picked by the Yellow Army at the auction turned out to be the top run scorer for the IPL 2018 champions Chennai Super Kings.
The 32 year old cricketer has revealed how his superstition brought him success. Speaking to his CSK teammate Harbhajan Singh in his YouTube talk show ‘Quick Heal Bhajji Blast’, Rayudu disclosed that he takes a bat from India skipper Virat Kohli every year.
“Har saal ek bat leta hu Virat (Kohli) se, usko bhi maloom ho gaya ki tashan hai. Is saal to gaali deke diyahai (I take a bat from Virat every year. Even he now knows how I want to show it off. This time, in fact, he swore before giving me a bat,” Ambati Rayudu said.
Both Rayudu and Harbhajan played for the Mumbai Indians, who were the champions lasts season.
During the chat, Bhajji (Harbhajan) also revealed that the Hyderabad batsman doesn’t keep a mobile phone with him.
“Because when I am thinking about something and a call comes, my thinking stops. Therefore, I don’t keep phones,” Rayudu confessed.
On being asked about his cricketing idols, Rayudu said, “Laxman was my idol while growing up. When I came to Mumbai Indians, I learned a lot from Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting. What I like about Paaji (Sachin) is that he is still such a humble person. Even after achieving so much, he says he is still learning.”