Ambati Thirupathi Rayudu (Telugu: అంబటి రాయుడు; born 23 September 1985 in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh), is an Indian cricketer. He is a right-handed middle order batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler. He currently represents Baroda in all domestic Indian first class and List A matches, and Mumbai Indians in Twenty20 tournaments.
Rayudu began his career playing for Hyderabad, making his first-class debut in the 2001-02 Indian cricket season. Strong domestic form brought him to the attention of the national selectors, who instated him as captain of the Indian Under-19 side, he was called as the next Sachin Tendulkar in his early stages, but a series of on-field incidents and disputes with domestic boards led to his ostracisation from the national side. He was banned from Indian cricket due to his signing with the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) in 2007, although the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) made him an amnesty offer in 2009 after he cancelled his contract with the league, allowing him to return to Indian domestic cricket. In 2013, Rayudu was called up to the national team on a tour to Zimbabwe, where he finally made his debut for the senior Indian side in a One Day International on July 24, 2013.
Rayudu completed his schooling from Bhavan's Sri Ramakrishna Vidyalaya , Sainikpuri, Secunderabad . He is married to Chennupalli Vidya and lives in Hyderabad.