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Happy with the way my batting has shaped up: Rayudu

Ambati Rayudu may have been used as a floater on a regular basis in India’s ODI team, but the Hyderabad batsman on Monday said he is happy with the way his career has gone so far.

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Rayudu struck an unbeaten 41 to guide India to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the second match of the three-match ODI series at Harare on Monday.

“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 focused and take my opportunities when they come,” Rayudu said at the post-match press conference.

“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 focused. 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 prepared the way I would for any series. I don’t set myself any goals.”

Also during the course of his unbeaten 62 against Zimbabwe in the first match on Saturday, Rayudu crossed the 1000-run mark in ODIs. He needed just 29 innings to get to the milestone and also became the joint third-fastest among the Indian players to reach the mark.

“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.”

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