Apr 28, 2023, 17:49 IST

IPL 2023: Ambati Rayudu responds to Sunil Gavaskar after being called out for his poor performances


Rajasthan Royals put in a crushing performance as they beat Chennai Super Kings on Thursday. This was the second consecutive team they had beaten the Chennai team this season. The game was played at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium and this was the 37th game of the tournament. In a dominating show, Rajasthan beat Chennai by 32 runs as they took to the top spot in the table.

The story as it happened –

Rajasthan Royals won the toss and chose to bat first on a wicket which looked full of runs. A win for the Royals would see them displace Chennai at the top of the table. While Chennai went in with the same team, Rajasthan missed Trent Boult as Adam Zampa came in.

Sunil Gavaskar has a go at Ambati Rayudu –

Former Indian middle order batter, Ambati Rayudu has really struggled for runs this year. On Thursday the 37 year old was out for second ball duck when he was caught by Holder off Ashwin.

This prompted Sunil Gavaskar to have a go at the CSK batter. Gavaskar who was on air at that time said “ You got to field. You can't just come out to bat and start hitting the ball. You can't do that. We have seen that with Prithvi Shaw. He has just been coming out to bat without success. No fielding, no scoring. Rayudu is out for a second-ball duck”

Ambati Rayudu posts a response without taking Gavaskar’s name –

Once the comments made headlines, Rayudu took to social media site Twitter and posted a tweet. Without taking the name of the former Indian legend, Sunil Gavaskar, the 37 year old wrote “In life and sport ups and downs are a constant part. We need to be positive and keeping working hard and things will turn around.. results are not always a measure of our effort. So always keeping smiling and enjoy the process..”

Rayudu’s struggles with the bat this season –

Ever since the Impact player rule has come into effect, Rayudu has mostly played as a pure impact player. In case of batting first, Rayudu is in the XI, in case of a chase, Rayudu has been bought in as an impact player. In the 8 matches, this season, Rayudu has batted 7 times with 83 runs scored. His best of 27* came against Lucknow Super Giants and he has an average of just under 17 this season.