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04 Mar 2019

#CricketInNumbers: Where should Ambati Rayudu bat?

The number four conundrum and Ambati Rayudu

India are in search of their perfect playing XI as the World Cup 2019 draws near.

The batting order is more or less set, however, Ambati Rayudu's batting position remains a matter of concern.

Usually a regular in the side, he does not have a fixed batting order and generally shuffles between number four and five.

We analyze his stats at various batting positions.

In context

The number four conundrum and Ambati Rayudu
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Batting average

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So far in his ODI career, Rayudu has batted in positions two to seven.

While he has batted just once in the second and seventh spot, his preferred batting position has always been the fourth spot, with an average of 45.62 from 25 innings.

Interestingly, his best average is 68.70 while playing at the third position, where he has batted 16 times.

Ideal order

Top order or middle order?

Although he is a middle-order batsman, he can also bat top the order.

While he averages the best as a top-order batsman, batting in the third spot, he has scored the most number of runs batting in middle-order, in the fourth spot.

He has also batted on eight occasions in the fifth spot, having scored 188 runs at an average of 26.85.

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List A stats tell a similar story

List A order

List A stats tell a similar story

Considering Rayudu's ideal batting order in List A, the story sounds similar to that of the ODIs.

Batting in the fourth spot, he averages 42.93 in 56 innings, having scored 1,975 runs.

In the third spot, he has 45 innings with 1,763 runs at an average of 46.39, while in the fifth spot, he averages 36.86 in 28 innings, scoring 848 runs.

Confidence

He is confident of bating at any order

Despite the management shuffling him constantly, Rayudu is confident that he can bat at any position, depending on the needs of Team India.

As per the stats above, Rayudu has a consistent average batting in the middle-order, especially in the fourth spot.

However, if required, he can bat top the order, as he averages the best in the third spot.

Does Rayudu fit at number 4? If not, then who?

Verdict

Does Rayudu fit at number 4? If not, then who?

Considering his recent performance and stats, Rayudu can certainly bat at number four, but is not a perfect fit.

If required, he can bat at number three or five for that matter.

However, with the top order currently stacked, Rayudu has to stick to four.

But, in case he doesn't make it, Rishabh Pant could be the ideal man to replace him.

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Which IPL team does Rayudu play for?

In which position did Rayudu bat in the 1st ODI against Australia?

Did Rayudu feature in the side for the ODIs in NZ?

What was Rayudu's highest score in NZ ODIs?

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Which IPL team does Rayudu play for?

Asked 2019-03-04 19:41:58 by Rishika Mistry

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Chennai Super Kings (since 2018).

In which position did Rayudu bat in the 1st ODI against Australia?

Asked 2019-03-04 19:41:58 by Divya Pillai

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Rayudu batted at No4, scoring 13 runs.

Did Rayudu feature in the side for the ODIs in NZ?

Asked 2019-03-04 19:41:58 by Ishan Singhal

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, and he featured in all the five matches, scoring 190 runs.

What was Rayudu's highest score in NZ ODIs?

Asked 2019-03-04 19:41:58 by Chirag Sarin

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Rayudu's highest score was 90.

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