Pietersen hits out at Rayudu for his running between wickets versus RCB
Chennai Super Kings are going through their worst phase in the history of the Indian Premier League. Ever since arriving at the United Arab Emirates, MS Dhoni’s side registered only two victories so far, losing five games in the process. They are currently placed at the bottom of the points table. Nobody really saw this coming from the three-time IPL champions.
MS Dhoni-led CSK suffered defeat at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday. RCB beat CSK by 37 runs in Dubai. CSK are the only team who qualified for the playoffs in every single season that they played. However, considering CSK’s form, it looks like they have a lot of catching up to do to book a place in this season’s playoffs.
CSK have no other option but to switch gears and play at the highest level in order to be in contention for the playoffs. After CSK’s defeat at the hands of RCB, former England international Kevin Pietersen was not at all impressed with Ambati Rayudu’s running between the wickets. Ambati Rayudu was the top run-scorer for CSK as he scored 42 off 40 balls.
Rayudu needs to wake up: Kevin Pietersen
Ambati Rayudu who came out to bat in the fourth over got out in the 18th over. Rayudu who stayed at the crease for quite a long time didn’t show any form of intent with the bat. Though he was the top run-scorer, he consumed more deliveries in the process. Thus, CSK faced more pressure and eventually ended up falling short of the actual target.
Former England international Kevin Pietersen hit out at Ambati Rayudu for not trying to take two runs during the eighth over of the innings. While his partner Jagadeesan already completed one run, Ambati Rayudu looked lazy and didn’t even finish off the first run.
“Ambati Rayudu needs to wake up a little bit. You see the best players in the world, they run between the wickets, they push the sweepers hard. When you are chasing these kinds of numbers, I don’t care who you are, you have to watch the best and the best sprint between the wickets. Watch Kohli, watch de Villiers, watch du Plessis, Warner, Bairstow, they set the standards, you’ve got to follow,” Kevin Pietersen said on-air.