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‘It’s a special knock as wait has been long’

An elated Ambati Rayudu today said that his maiden hundred in international cricket will certainly be a ‘special one’ as it took a long time to come. Rayudu, who first time played for India A back in 2003 as a 18-year-old talent had lost his way in the middle joining unsanctioned Indian Cricket League (ICL), leaving Hyderabad for Andhra and subsequently joining Baroda.

‘It’s a special feeling as it’s been a long wait,’ Rayudu said at the post-match presentation ceremony. Rayudu feels since the team management gave him confidence, it was easier for him to showcase his skills at No 3 position which captain Kohli voluntarily vacated for him.

‘I think, more than anything, the confidence given to me by the coach, Virat and Dhoni bhai. All the members of the team management telling me, hang in there. I was not actually looking to get a hundred as such, just trying to stay unbeaten and see the team through and in the process I got to the hundred,’ said the soft-spoken former India U-19 captain.
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