Rayudu's 177 and Irfan at 3

During the dinner break (under-19 world cup final), Sky sports aired the footage of this 2002 under-19 game between India and England at Taunton. This is the match where Ambati Rayudu came to the fore with a scintillating 177* as India pulled off an incredible victory with a wicket to spare. His innings was off just 114 balls with 16 boundary hits and one over the boundary. Wickets were falling all around him and the composure and confidence he showed while handling the situation was absolutely superb. You see an innings like this and wonder why he hasn't fulfilled his promise. He is still just 20 and has time on his side, but he isn't really setting the stage on fire playing for Andhra now. A couple of more seasons like the one that he had this year and he might go the Amol Muzumdar way. He certainly seemed much better than that in the Taunton game.

Another noticeable thing in that match was Irfan at No.3, batting just the way he does today. 23 off 18 with some good clean lofted straight hits. He went for runs with the ball, gave away 52 off 6 overs. Guess, it is a matter of grabbing the right opportunity at the right time. Pathan got it right in the next few years, while Rayudu drifted away.

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