Seen as a prodigy when he started out as a 16-year-old, Ambati Rayudu faded into obscurity for a while after captaining India in the 2004 Under-19 World Cup. However, the talented strokemaker returned to the fray in style, with IPL 2010. He scored 356 runs in the tournament for the Mumbai Indians. The Sachin Tendulkar-led outfit retained him the next season and he reposed their faith by bettering his rookie year’s performance. His tally of 395 was only second to that of his iconic captain. Consistent performances in the shortest format earned Rayudu an India call-up for the two home Twenty20 Internationals against England in 2012.