Jashn e Youngistan 2018: Ambati Thirupathi Rayudu awarded for excellence in Cricket

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Nov 24: Indian cricketer and a right-handed batsman Ambati Thirupathi Rayudu doesn't need any introduction. Born on 23 September 1985 in Andhra Pradesh, Rayudu started his career playing at the Under-16 and Under-19 levels for Hyderabad in the late 1990s.Rayudu led India's Under-19 team at the 2004 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup as a captain. Rayudu participated in the 'rebel' Indian Cricket League in 2007 which resulted in a ban on him from Indian domestic cricket. Meanwhile, in 2009, the BCCI granted amnesty to the player, allowing him to come back to Indian domestic cricket. Rayudu returned to play for Hyderabad in 2009 but later before the 2010–11 season Rayudu decided to play for Baroda.Rayudu was signed up by the Mumbai Indians for IPL 2010 season. Seeing his good performance once again Mumbai signed him for the fourth season in 2011. He was also one of the five retained players by the Mumbai franchise in 2014. In 2012, Rayudu was named in the Indian squad for the first time, after showing strong performances for Baroda in domestic cricket and Mumbai Indians in the IPL. He made his international debut on 24 July 2013, in an ODI against Zimbabwe. He scored 63 and became the 12th Indian batsman to score a half-century on ODI debut. In November 2018, Rayudu announced his retirement from first-class cricket, to focus on limited-overs cricket.