Ambati Rayudu to mentor Junior Super Kings

By Aaditya Anand M Published on Jul 04, 2018 02:41 PM IST

Chennai: India batsmen Ambati Rayudu has been drafted in by the CSK management as the mentor for the Junior Super Kings team that will play an international Junior Academy tournament in Yorkshire. Former Tamilnadu batsman S Sharath will be the coach.

The Under-17 tournament is conducted by Pro Coach Yorkshire Cricket academy, official coaching of the Yorkshire County cricket club and

will have Junior Super Kings playing against three other teams, HDS Academy from Brisbane, California Cricket Academy and Pro Coach Yorkshire Academy.

The tournament, will feature seven T20 games including the finals and four 50-over games. The venue will be Ampleforth College, North Yorkshire.

The Teams will also be staying in the same campus. Junior Super Kings squad consists of 16 players, selected based on their performance in Junior Super Kings tournament, league-level and State-level  tournaments.

"I am very happy that most of them have played the U-14 level for the state and four of them are playing in first division currently. We thought it would be the best opportunity for us to make them play in England. I am confident that they can perform well," said CSK CEO K S Viswanathan.

It is a great privilege and honour to be the coach of such a young team,' said coach S Sharath.

"We have covered all bases and I am sure the boys will respond to the conditions in England. Also Rayudu's presence will amake a lot of

difference. It is a wonderful opportunity for young boys to interact with him and they will learn a lot from this tour," he said.

Rayudu advised the boys to follow their instincts and play freely without any pressure.

"As a mentor I can share whatever I experienced as a kid. Whenever they need me I would be there to help them," he said.

On playing for CSK he said 'We were always in a very good space mentally.  The franchise also helped me express myself and that is the difference between CSK and other franchises,' he said. Rayudu, after a successful IPL was selected in the Indian ODI squad to play against England.

However he was dropped after failing to clear the yo-yo test. He hopes to make a comeback soon.

"I am still working hard to play for India. I would be having the tests soon and after I pass it I would be available for selection again," he said.