Batsman Ambati Rayudu on Tuesday returned to the Indian ODI squad after a gap of two years. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today named the Indian squad for the three-match ODI series against England in July.
The team will be led by Virat Kohli while Rayudu, who has been in superb form for Chennai Super Kings in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League, has been recalled in place of Ajinkya Rahane.
The 32-year-old Rayudu last played an ODI for India in June 2016 against Zimbabwe.
Rayudu has been rewarded for his performance in the ongoing IPL where he has emerged as the highest run-getter so far.
The top-order batsman has been simply destructive and is the current orange cap holder. He has helped Chennai win many matches this season with his fine knocks.
In the 10 matches, Rayudu has played this season, he has amassed a staggering 423 runs with the best score of 82. With an electrifying strike rate of 151.61, Rayudu has scored 2 half centuries, scoring 39 fours and 22 sixes. Rayudu, has been the man to look out for in the 11th edition of the IPL.
Shreyas Iyer has also made a comeback to the ODI side for the three-match ODI series against England, replacing Suresh Raina.
Meanwhile, Rahane, who will lead India in the one-off Test match against Afghanistan, has been dropped from the subsequent tours of Ireland and England.