Ambati Rayudu has announced his retirement from all formats of the game today. A few months ago, he retired from the first-class career to focus in limited over Internationals.
However, after being overlooked twice for filling up the CWC 2019 Indian squad, the 33-year-old took this decision to step aside from the gentleman’s game. Rayudu now will not represent in any colours including IPL.
It is to be noted that after his series of consistent performances in the IPL 2018, Rayudu was considered as one of the most reliable middle-order batsmen for the side. He was given a lot of changes ahead of the World Cup in several limited-overs series across the World. However, he wasn’t roped into the final 15 saying and selectors chose to bring in Vijay Shankar who would provide an additional option for bowling.
Ambati Rayudu thanked all the BCCI officials for the support through the years and he mentioned it as an honour to represent the side in blue.
“I would like to bring to your kind notice that I have come to decide to step away from the sport and retire from all forms and levels of the game. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the bcci and all the state associations that I have represented which include Hyderabad, Baroda, Andhra and Vidharbha. I also would like to thank the two ipl franchises MI and Csk for their support. It has been an honour and privilege to have represented our country, ” mentioned Rayudu in his official mail to the BCCI.
He also thanked various skippers he had played under.” I would like to thank the captains I have played under, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and especially Virat Kohli who always had shown great belief in me throughout my career with the Indian team. It has been a wonderful journey of playing the sport and learning from every up and down it brought upon for the last 25 years at various different levels. Finally, I would like to thank my family and all the wellwishers who have been with me throughout this wonderful journey, ” said Rayudu.
Rayudu represented India in 55 ODI’s and 6 T20I scorings around 1740 runs. He also played for two IPL franchises (Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians) and adding 3300 runs to his bag. His sudden announcement has come as a shock as he was unsure about his chances going ahead.
Cricfit wishes Rayudu a wonderful life ahead.