Ambati Rayudu, the former Indian batter, is all set to represent the MI Emirates in the upcoming International League T20 (ILT20) season. Rayudu, who previously played for the Mumbai Indians franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL) from 2010 to 2017, was instrumental in the team winning three IPL titles.
Rayudu's Journey with Mumbai Indians
During his tenure with the Mumbai Indians, Rayudu played a vital role in the team's success. His consistent performances and ability to contribute in crucial moments proved to be invaluable. Rayudu's skill and technique with the bat, along with his versatility to bat at different positions, made him a key player for the team.
MI Emirates: The New Team
MI Emirates is the Mumbai Indians-affiliate team in the ILT20. The team is known for its strong lineup and formidable performances in the tournament. In a recent announcement, Mumbai Indians declared Nicholas Pooran as the captain for the 2024 ILT20 season. The addition of Ambati Rayudu further strengthens the team's batting lineup and brings valuable experience to the squad.
Ambati Rayudu took to social media to share the news of his participation in the ILT20 with the MI Emirates. In a tweet, he expressed his excitement about joining the Mumbai Indians franchise and mentioned his decision to temporarily step away from political commitments to focus on professional sports.
"I Ambati Rayudu will be representing the Mumbai Indians in the upcoming ILT20 from Jan 20th in Dubai. Which requires me to be politically non-affiliated whilst playing professional sport." - Ambati Rayudu
This announcement also marked Rayudu's departure from the YSRCP Party, which he had joined just ten days earlier. He expressed his intention to stay away from politics for the time being and thanked everyone for their support.
Kieron Pollard to Captain MI Cape Town
In another development, Mumbai Indians announced that Kieron Pollard, the West Indian veteran, would lead the MI Cape Town franchise in the South Africa T20. Pollard will replace Rashid Khan, who is currently recovering from an injury. The team wished Rashid a speedy recovery and looked forward to having him back on the field soon.
Ambati Rayudu's inclusion in the MI Emirates team for the ILT20 2024 season adds depth and experience to the squad. His past performances with the Mumbai Indians franchise in the IPL have proven his ability to deliver in high-pressure situations. As the tournament approaches, fans eagerly await Rayudu's contribution to the team's success in the ILT20.