Ambati Rayudu suspended from bowling in international cricket

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The International Cricket Council has banned Rayudu from bowling in international cricket. The number 4 batsmen of the squad, who was often used as a part-time spinner was reported of a suspect action during the fist ODI between Australia and India. This ruling however, does not apply to domestic matches being played in India.

After being reported for suspect action in the first ODI against Australia (January 12), Rayudu was given 14 days to undergo a test and get his action cleared. Rayudu however, decided against getting his action tested, which has resulted in suspension. He was allowed to bowl during the period of 14 days but was not used by India in any of their matches against Australia or New Zealand.  

An illegal bowling action, according to the rules of ICC is where a player is “throwing rather than bowling the ball.” This happens when the elbow extends by more than 15 degrees between the arm reaching the horizontal and the ball being released. Match officials observe the action with naked eye and submit a report of suspect action after the match.

Rayudu being suspended from bowling in international cricket has come as a blow to India as they have struggled in getting a few overs from their six. The days of Indian cricket when they had reliable bowling options in the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina. The only bowling options India have in their top and middle order batsmen are in Kedar Jadhav and Ambati Rayudu. The former has struggled with several injuries over time while the later has been banned by the ICC.

Also, the lack of bowling options in the top six increases the onus on the designated all-rounder of the team, Hardik Pandya or Ravindra Jadeja, to bowl 10 proficient overs. It also limits your bowling options and even a single bowler having an off-day can throw your game plan out of the window.

This is probably the first time India is facing the problem of lacking a bowling option in their top and middle order batsmen. Starting with the likes of Saurav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar and the moving to Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina. India has a slightly similar equation in 2015 World Cup, but the two spinners who bowled their quota of 10 overs and were considered all-rounder. The Kuldeep-Chahal combination however, cannot stake the same claim.

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