Nearly 16 months after Ambati Rayudu became the third oldest Indian to score a half-century on ODI debut, the stylish Andhra Pradesh batsman slammed his maiden hundred as India crushed Sri Lanka by six wickets in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
Rayudu was promoted up the order at number three by Virat Kohli who pushed himself down. That allowed Rayudu the time to set the pace for a sensational knock and he remained unbeaten on 121 off 118 balls. It eclipsed his previous best of 64 not out against England at Nottingham on August 30, 2014. By the end of the day, Rayudu's average had shot up from 38.50 to 48.48. He has now amassed 583 runs from 21 ODIs with four fifties and a hundred.
Rayudu paced his innings beautifully after weathering the early storm and by his own admission, he was not even looking to score a hundred. All he planned to do was remain unbeaten and see India home: "I was not actually looking to get a hundred as such; just tried to stay not out and see the team through and in the process I got to the hundred," Rayudu said.