Mumbai: Team India’s batsman Ambati Rayudu has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, including the IPL, according to the news given by BCCI sources.
It is being said that Rayudu took the decision cause he was ignored by the Indian team management who preferred Mayank Agarwal as a replacement for an injured Vijay Shankar in the World Cup squad, which made him feel dejected.
Rayudu was in the stand-by list for the World Cup but even after injuries to Shikhar Dhawan and Shankar, he failed to board the flight as the selectors and the team management picked Rishabh Pant and Mayank Agarwal as replacements.
Rayudu, who made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 2013 played his last ODI against Australia in Ranchi this year. In 55 ODIs, Rayudu scored 1694 runs with three centuries and 10 half-centuries at an average of 47.05. In the six T20Is he played, the middle-order batsman scored 42 runs. Rayudu never got a chance to represent India in Test cricket.
Last year, Rayudu announced his retirement from first-class cricket to focus on one-dayers and T20s. Rayudu called time on his 17-year-long first-class career in which he scored 6151 runs from 97 games.
Rayudu made a comeback in the Indian team by virtue of a successful IPL for Chennai Super Kings and was seen as India’s number four batsman going into the World Cup. However, despite being named in the list of reserve players for the World Cup, Rayudu was given a cold shoulder. It is said that Rayudu would probably have been in London by now if he hadn’t tweeted that cheeky tweet to the selectors.
Bureau News, Kokan Now, Mumbai.