Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will walk out with a new side in IPL 2018. The two times IPL champions had to recrate their side after spending two years suspended from the league.
Indian cricketer Ambati Rayudu is also set to make his debut for CSK. The 32-year-old batsman was an integral part of Mumbai Indians for past few years.
"Coming to CSK and playing for such a champion side is really exciting. We have a great set up. Getting into the IPL, I would like to be at my best in terms of my performances and hopefully, it contributes to the team's win," Rayudu said on Thursday.
Rayudu has been used on various batting slots and he isn't eyeing any particular batting position under skipper MS Dhoni. "I'm not really looking at the number or slot. Once the camp starts and things get in order, we will start looking at roles. I am not looking (or thinking) about national comeback. I had a good domestic season for Hyderabad. I'm happy to be part of CSK and looking forward to do well," he added.
New franchise brings new challenges with new role and Rayudu is ready for it. "I have handled enough pressure. Everyone knows what pressure is and each have their own way of handling it. I don't think there is much difference in the cricketing side of things. Both (Mumbai and CSk) are great teams and the team which wants to win more on that day will win," he added.
On his former Mumbai Indians teammate Harbhajan Singh, who is also part of CSK squad, Rayudu feels that the former is still a match winner. "I am sure he is still a match winner. He has shoes of his own and I don't think he has to fill anyone's shoes. Even last year the way he bowled was amazing. He is a top-class bowler and I don't think you can compare him to anyone (on replacing Ashwin in CSK team)," he added.