Ambati Rayudu’s bowling action: The Indian batsman’s bowling action has been reported for suspect.
India batsman Ambati Rayudu has been reported with a suspect bowling action after he bowled a couple of over during the first ODI of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia at Sydney.
After the match officials reported concerns about Rayudu’s action in their reports, the latter has 14 days to undergo testing within 14 days. However, he can bowl in international cricket in this period.
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) January 13, 2019
Rayudu is chucking. THIS IS NOT CRICKET. On field umpires must stop this abuse. #AUSvIND
— Yuvraj Solanki (@AGuyIsNoOne) January 12, 2019
Not a regular bowler, Rayudu has bowled in nine out of his 46 ODI matches. The last time he bowled an over in international cricket before yesterday was nearly three and a half years ago, against Bangladesh at Dhaka.
India captain Virat Kohli handed the ball to Rayudu in the 22nd over of the Indian innings after fast bowler Khaleel Ahmed was conceding runs. In the two overs which Rayudu bowled, he gave away 13 runs without causing an iota of trouble for the opposition batsmen.
Since his comeback into the ODI team last year, it was the second time (bowled a single delivery on the first occasion) that Rayudu had bowled. India don’t usually consider him as a bowling option. That being said, with India not playing a sixth bowling option yesterday, forced Kohli to take this step.
well that’s one way to put to rest any suspicion that ambati rayudu can be a bowling option #AUSvIND
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) January 13, 2019
Just when Indn bowlers were getting all accolades fr brilliant efforts n Tests..what’s the need to ‘throw in’ Rayudu’s questionable elbow?!Surely Indns have sufficient bowling arsenal to keep it all nice & clean…!!!
— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) January 12, 2019
India would be looking to bring back all-rounder Kedar Jadhav in place of Dinesh Karthik for he can contribute with the ball as well. The 33-year old right-arm off-spinner has picked up 22 wickets in 48 matches at an average of 29.59, an economy rate of 4.86 and a strike rate of 36.5.
The second ODI between Australia and India will be played on Tuesday at Adelaide. With India losing the first one up 34 runs, another loss will mean a series loss for them.