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Sunday , February 10 , 2013
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‘Need to score more 100s’

Mumbai: Rest of India batsman Ambati Rayudu, who cracked an unbeaten 118 against Mumbai, is happy with the way his batting is shaping up but said he needs to convert the fifties into hundreds.

“I need to convert those fifties I think. I have 27 fifties. The fifty-century ratio hopefully would go up,” he said.

Rayudu notched up his 14th first-class century on Saturday, while playing his first Irani Cup match and he said, “I threw it away in the first innings. So, I was thinking to make sure to keep batting no matter how many runs I get.”

“To be honest I have had a very quality season. I am obviously disappointed that I haven’t got big hundreds as such, but I am satisfied with the fact that I played a crucial innings in difficult conditions. Hopefully the big innings will come now,” he added.

On his move from Hyderabad to Baroda, Rayudu said, “It is not about the move from Hyderabad to Baroda as such, being with people like Robin Singh and our coach Sanath Kumar really helped me grow as a batsman and get my mind right. It is more of that that has helped me.”

When asked about the selectors’ meeting on Sunday for the Australia series and his possibility to get into the squad, he said, “I don’t know. I haven’t actually thought about it. I am just happy with the way I am batting.”

On the wicket, Rayudu said, “It started to turn but there is enough bounce in the wicket for fast bowlers. I think they were getting movement in the air in the first session, maybe because of the moisture in the wicket. “After lunch, I don’t think they would have got the same purchase. May be that’s the reason they (Shardul Thakur and Dhawal Kulkarni) didn’t bowl.”

Meanwhile, Mumbai pace spearhead Dhawal Kulkarni said after his side missed a few chances in the morning, it was a question of containing the run flow.

“In the morning we missed some chances which happens, after that we were trying to contain the runs,” said Kulkarni who had troubled Murali Vijay and Manoj Tiwary during a fine morning spell of 8 overs for no wicket.