Ambati Rayudu has always been used as a floater in India’s one-day international team, but the Hyderabad batsman has made best use of the opportunities that have come his way.Rayudu, 30, has scored 1055 runs from 33 ODIs at a staggering average of 50.23. His unbeaten knock of 62 in the first game against Zimbabwe made him the joint third fastest (along with skipper MS Dhoni – 33 innings) Indian to reach the 1000-run mark in one-dayers. Only Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Navjot Singh Sidhu have got to 1000 in fewer games. (Also read: Mahendra Singh Dhoni ends 20-month wait for ODI series win) Despite not being a regular in the side, Rayudu said he was happy with the way his career has progressed so far. After smashing an unbeaten 41 to guide India to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Zimbabwe on Monday, Rayudu said it was important for him to stay focussed. (Also read: When Makhaya Ntini almost hung himself after losing ODI series to India) “I am really happy with the way my one-day career has gone. Given the guys that we have in the team, somebody has to do the role that I am doing. It’s just important to stay focussed and take my opportunities when they come,” Rayudu said. (Also read: Dhoni defies logic by choosing Rayudu over Pandey at No. 3) ‘DON’T SET MYSELF ANY GOALS’Rayudu said he didn’t take the Zimbabwe tour lightly and trained hard to adapt to the conditions on offer. Notably, Rayudu made his debut at the Harare Sports Club in 2013 and smashed an unbeaten 63 in his maiden ODI innings.advertisement”For me, generally, it’s just about getting my batting in shape. Visualization is the key I think. I try to keep myself motivated and focussed. I prepare myself before a game as though I am going to play it. It doesn’t really matter what series it is, preparation is the same. I just just prepared the way I would for any series. I don’t set myself any goals,” he said.Rayudu said he was feeling confident about his batting and that he had worked on his game to suit the team’s needs. “I am happy with the way I am batting. Unfortunately, everybody couldn’t get a chance. You know the conditions well, but still it’s different every time. I haven’t really looked into the past. I have worked on my game and I am happy with that.”‘KEEN TO WIN LAST GAME’Asked if India are eyeing a whitewash now, he said, “I think when you put on this jersey, definitely, you need to go and do the job for your country, it doesn’t really matter whom you are playing against. I am sure everybody would be keen to win the last game.”It was a dominant performance yet again from the new-look Indian side whose bowlers first skittled the hosts for a lowly 126 in 34.3 overs and the batsmen hardly broke a sweat to get past the target in only 26.5 overs in the second ODI on Monday.
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