Ambati Rayudu was a great contender to be a part of Indian 15 men squad to the World Cup 2019. And as a part of all scheme of things that took place at the World Cup preparations, it was extremely shocking to know that he was left behind despite performing quite well. The selectors felt to include Vijay Shankar as he could contribute in all the 3 departments of balling, batting and fielding. Rayudu even went on to mock BCCI by his tweet and this may be the reason he wasn’t selected even as a replacement for the position of an injured Vijay
Shankar which was previously considered to be his own. On the 3rd of July, he announced his retirement from all forms and levels of Cricket.
The 33-year-old represented India 61 times and scored 1736 runs. He has an impressive average of 47 in ODIs and has also got 3 centuries to his name. But in T20Is, he could not make a good impact.
Despite scoring runs constantly, he made headlines for the wrong reasons. In his mail to BCCI, the Rayudu wrote “I would like to bring to your kind notice that I have come to a decision 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.”
He also thanked his skippers for having faith in him. “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.” He has scored overall 10 ODI half-centuries in his career.