Ambati Rayudu believes impressive Jagadeesan a potential CSK regular

Jagadeesan has notched the most number of runs this season (361 runs from 6 games) and is also the leading run-getter in the league with 1265 runs from 29 matches.

Ambati Rayudu attended 23rd match between Dindigul Dragons and Ruby Trichy Warriors in fourth edition of Sankar Cement TNPL 2019 held at NPR cricket ground, Natham, Dindigul   -  Special Arrangement

Ambati Rayudu, who retired from all forms of cricket last month, was delighted to see his Chennai Super Kings teammate, Narayan Jagadeesan leading the run-charts this season. He believes the 24-year-old wicketkeeper batsman, who was picked up by the franchise for his base price of Rs 20 lakh in 2018, has the potential to be a regular in the CSK team.

“Over the years I have seen Jagadeesan play, he is doing well. He is part of CSK and I’m really liking the way he is coming into the zone.

“I feel he is extremely talented and he is converting that talent into interesting performances. Hopefully, he will get into CSK (first eleven) and play a lot more cricket in Tamil Nadu,” he said.

Jagadeesan has notched the most number of runs this season (361 runs from 6 games) and is also the leading run-getter in the league with 1265 runs from 29 matches. The Coimbatore cricketer, who became the first to score 1,000 runs in the 100th TNPL match in Tirunelveli last month, also leads the list for most number of fifties (13) and fours (136) in the tournament.

The 33-year-old was also enthralled by the set-up at the NPR College.

“I am actually very, very impressed by looking at the ground. I think it shows how good the tournament is. I can see a lot of young boys playing with cricketers like (Ravichandran) Ashwin,” said the former India star.

“When we were growing up, we never had a tournament like this. It is a fast-tracker (to national cricket) and this tournament helps a lot of youngsters from small towns and districts where people always dream about playing cricket at higher levels and I feel it can’t get any better than this,” the 33-year-old said. “I am very happy that TNPL has set the standards.”

Rayudu, who played 55 one-day internationals, six Twenty20 Internationals and 97 first class matches in his 18-year cricketing career, also has some advice for young players in TNPL. “All I would say is, learn from the international cricketers. That will be a major takeaway for the youngsters because they know exactly how to play or this sport is supposed to be played. I am sure the young players are doing this. In this sport, every day you learn,” he signed off.