Ambati Rayudu Says, India Even Without Virat Kohli Can Still Win The Asia Cup

| September 16 , 2018 , 16:38 IST

Indian Batsman Ambati Rayudu who is back into the national team squad on Sunday revealed that Indian team can win the Asia Cup without their regular Skipper Virat Kohli as MS Dhoni will be "everybody's go-to man" for inspiration and guidance.

The Indian team reached Dubai without Kohli, who has been rested by the selectors owing to excess workload.

Speaking to media, Ambati Rayudu said, "Obviously he (Virat) is a big miss and loss to the team. However, we still have enough quality in the team to go out and win. He (Dhoni) has been India's captain and always been the go-to man for everybody in the team. He (Dhoni) has helped me a lot in terms of how I recovered this season."

"To be very honest, (I) haven't thought about it (middle-order) or looked at it as a competition. It's just an opportunity to express myself and (I) don't want to put more pressure to my game by thinking about these," he said.

It is learnt that the 32-year-old, has been returning to the team after a long injury-induced layoff, Rayudu also added, "I don't think anybody is actually thinking about the World Cup. We are in for the Asia Cup and I don't think anybody is thinking about it right now."

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India will open their Asia Cup campaign against Hong Kong on September 18, a day before they take on arch-rivals Pakistan.

The Andhra Pradesh born cricketer on this said "I don't think it will be a disadvantage. It will be definitely tough and I'm sure we will do the best possible things to recover and go out fresh to play the next game."

"Obviously it was frustrating to miss out on the England tour. But I'm happy that I can come back and give the test and get picked to play in the Asia Cup" the 32-year-old added.

Rayudu also described, "This year I played well in the IPL. The main thing is that I feel an age doesn't matter as long as you are fit."