Ambati Rayudu aims to score more centuries

Published: Sunday, February 10, 2013, 11:38 [IST]
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Ambati Rayudu aims to score more tons

Mumbai, Feb 10: Rest of India batsman Ambati Rayudu, who hit an unbeaten 118 against Mumbai in Irani Cup on Saturday (February 9), is happy with the way his batting is shaping up but said he needs to convert the fifties into hundreds.

"Rest of my career I need to convert those fifties I think. I have lot more fifties than hundreds. It is 27. The ratio should go up. Hopefully it will go up in the next half of my career," he told reporters here.

Rayudu notched up his 14th first-class century on Saturday, while playing his first Irani Cup match and he said, "I threw it away in the first innings, so I was just thinking to make sure to keep batting no matter how many runs I get. To be honest I have had a very quality season. It is not that I am disappointed. I am obviously disappointed that I haven't got big hundreds as such but the crucial innings I have played in difficult conditions, I am happy with the way I am shaping up and my batting. Hopefully now the innings will come," he added.

On his move from Hyderabad to Baroda, Rayudu said, "It is not about the move from Hyderabad to Bardoda as such, being with people like Robin Singh and our coach Sanath Kumar, that really helped me grow as a batsman and get my mind right. It is more of that which has helped me."

Ambati Rayudu says that is happy with the way his batting is shaping up but needs to convert the fifties into hundreds.

Asked how this knock would augur for him, with the selectors meeting on Sunday to decide the squad for the Australia series, he said, "I don't know. I haven't actually thought about it. I am just happy with the way I am batting."

On the wicket, Rayudu said, "It started to turn but there is enough bounce in the wicket for fast bowlers. I think they were getting movement in the air in the first session, maybe because of the moisture in the wicket. After lunch, I don't think they would have got the same purchase. So I think maybe that is the reason they (Shardul Thakur and Dhawal Kulkarni) didn't come."


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