Published: Thu, July 04, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Ambati Rayudu announces retirement after BCCI overlooks him twice for Indian squad

Ambati Rayudu announces retirement after BCCI overlooks him twice for Indian squad

He vented his anger in a very public and sarcastic manner by tweeting that he would be watching the World Cup "with 3-D glasses' after chief selector ascribed Shankar all-round abilities as the reason for choosing the latter over Ambati".

Today through a statement by Hyderabad Cricket Board, Rayudu without stating any reason announced retirement for all formats of worldwide cricket.

India captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday described Ambati Rayudu as "a top man" after the middle-order batsman, who was ignored for the ongoing World Cup, retired from all forms of cricket.

Mohammad Kaif, the former batsman, said that Rayudu did everything he could to make a comeback in the team.

Rayudu also thanked captains MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli under whom he played. "Respected sir, I would like to bring to your kind notice that I have come to decision to step away from the sport and retire from all forms and levels of the game.", an excerpt from the letter says.

Rayudu was ignored while announcing replacements for Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay Shankar for Cricket World Cup 2019 and that possibly prompted him into retiring from global cricket.

In November previous year, Rayudu had retired from first-class cricket hoping to prolong his limited-overs career with an eye on the World Cup.

Yesterday (July 2), Iceland Cricket, in a tweet, offered Rayudu to join them. He represented Hyderabad and Andhra Pradesh in domestic cricket, while he played for Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in Indian Premier League. Rayudu was a part of the team during World Cup 2015 which happened in Australia and New Zealand. Rayudu was named as the reserve batsman to be called upon in case of injuries.

Rayudu played 55 ODIs for India, scoring 1694 runs at an average of 47.05. He also thanked his fans, family and friends in his goodbye note. "Rishabh Pant and Mayank Agarwal got selected amidst the World Cup injuries, and anyone in Rayudu's place would have felt equally bad", said Gambhir, who is now a BJP MP.

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