Mumbai: Mumbai Indians batsman Ambati Rayudu could take a spot in India's Test middle order once the likes of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman move on, Harbhajan Singh has said. According to him, Rayudu, who joined Mumbai in 2010 after cancelling his contract with the Indian Cricket League, was key to the side's run to the final in the previous season.
"He has special talent. He got lost [in domestic cricket] in between and we didn't hear much about him, but he's been playing really well for Mumbai Indians. Last season he was one of the main players who got us into the final, and I can see him playing for India," Harbhajan said. "He's got the capability to fill the shoes of Rahul Dravid or VVS Laxman. That's what I think, in coming years you'll see him going a long way."
Harbhajan is looking forward to talking shop with Shane Warne when Mumbai play Rajasthan Royals on Friday. "It [the match] is an opportunity for youngsters like Rayudu and Rohit Sharma to face one of the world's best bowlers ever. Hopefully I'll get some time to talk to him about my bowling and about me going forward in international cricket."