Mumbai, Dec 11: Ambati Rayudu has made his way to the Indian cricket team, replacing the injured Manoj Tiwary for the T20 internationals against England, starting Dec 20.
Bengal player Manoj Tiwary picked up an injury during a Ranji trophy tie against Saurashtra on Sunday. A diagnosis revealed that the all-rounder had picked up a side-strain which could keep him away from action for the next six weeks.
Rayudu, who has been quite consistent in the domestic circuit, awaits an international debut across all formats. Having been selected for India's T20 squad, the Baroda player has set things right for an international T20 debut against England.
Mumbai Indians player, Rayudu has scored 64, 85, 10, 54, 1, 131 and 58 in the last five games. Though he wasn't quite successful in Champions League T20 played in October 2012, he was the second highest run-scorer for Mumbai Indians in IPL 5, with 333 runs off 15 outings at a strike-rate of 132.14.
Unlucky for Manoj Tiwary, as he has hardly got a chance to represent the national team and when he gets one Tiwary gets injured which keeps him out of action for a couple of weeks, forcing selectors to pick anohter cricketer.
India are playing two T20Is against England on December 20 and 22 before taking on Pakistan for ODI and T20 series.