Ambati Rayudu’s emphatic century might have been overshadowed by Dhoni’s stature in India A’s tour game against England, but the Mumbai batsman got overwhelmed as the 35 year old led team India for the last time.
“He’s a living legend. I was just watching him, even today he was emotionless. As cool as ever. I’m teary eyed right now. Best part about Dhoni is that he keeps things simple. No panic. He helps youngsters and people like me to build our cricket,” Rayudu said in the post-match interview.
Speaking about his own performance, he said, “It was really tough. Six months out of the game is frustrating. Happy that I had a good knock. I was just hoping to react to the ball, not thinking too much. It’s very emotional. I personally feel he [Dhoni] is the best captain India has ever had. Very happy that I could score a hundred in his last game as captain.”
Sam billings who wrote England’s script for an ecstatic win, said, “It was a good start, we just want to win every game we play. It was a great start, everyone chipped in, good start to hopefully a good tour. We have come in with a fresh mind, many of them have come from Australia.
“We have played some fantastic one day cricket in the last year, looking forward to this series. Playing in the IPL really helped, once you get comfortable in these conditions, batting becomes easy. Buttler and Dawson helped me a lot. MS is a hero, not just in India, but everywhere else, looking forward to the next warm-up game,” he added.