"Obviously, he (Virat) is a great loss and loss for the team, but we still have enough quality in the team to go out and win, he (Dhoni) has been the captain of India and has always been the man everyone to turn to on the team, "Rayudu said at a press conference on Saturday. "He (Dhoni) has helped me a lot in terms of how I recovered this season."
With India still to solve its middle order riddle with less than a year to the World Cup, there is a possibility for players like Rayudu to claim in the XI game.
"To be honest, (I) I have not thought about it (in the middle order) or I have seen it as a competition, it's just an opportunity to express myself and (I) I do not want to put more pressure on my game by thinking about it" , He said.
The 32-year-old, who returned to the team after a long injury-induced break, added: "I do not think anyone is thinking about the World Cup, we're in the Asian Cup and I do not think anyone is thinking about it. that right now. "
India will not even have a day off for its match against archrival Pakistan. Just one day after facing Hong Kong, India will clash with Sarfraz Ahmed's team on September 19.
"I do not think it's a disadvantage, it will definitely be difficult and I'm sure we'll do our best to recover and come out fresh to play the next game."
He said it was frustrating to miss the limited part of the England tour despite a stellar season in the Indian Premier League for Chennai Super Kings. Rayudu could not make the Indian team after suspending the yo-yo test on his first try.
"Obviously it was frustrating to miss the tour of England, but I'm happy to be able to go back and take the exam and be selected to play in the Asian Cup.
"This year I played well in the IPL, the main thing is that I feel that age does not matter while you're in shape."
(With the PTI entries)