Ambati Rayudu’s dream to represent India in the Cricket World Cup came to an end, on Wednesday. Rayudu announced his retirement from all formats of cricket, even the IPL, after the national-selectors didn’t find him stand-by worthy to replace injured Shikhar Dhawan or Vijay Shankar. 

Ambati Rayudu, if you had not known, led the U-19 Indian team in 2004, where he emerged as one of the bright sparks amidst many cricketing stars. He captained the team that had the likes of Dinesh Kartik, Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan and Irfan Pathan. He showed great promise as a teen, though he had to fight hard to fit into the team after growing up. 

He was a World Cup probable till the squads were announced for the World Cup. Vijay Shankar was ahead of him for being a ‘Three-Dimensional’ player. A tweet, that consisted of a reference to 3D glasses, sparked the controversy. His cheeky reply to the selectors did not go well. This was just one of many controversies that overshadowed his career. 

A career marred with controversies, lack of opportunities and his rage; Rayudu’s talent never came into the limelight, a nice bloke who was often misunderstood in the cricketing world. A sad end to what was a flashy career of his.

A look at Ambati’s CAREER IN NUMBERS:

Matches Runs Highest Score Average Strike Rate
ODI 55 1694 124 47.06 79.05
T20I 6 42 20 10.5 84
IPL 147 3300 100 28.7 125.95

Though he was dejected for not getting selected, Ambati did not bang the BCCI doors with harsh comments – rather, he was kind enough to officially write a letter and declare his retirement. 

“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 Vidarbha,” Rayudu said in the letter.

Rayudu thanked his fellow cricketers for their immense support throughout his Cricket journey. He felt proud having played for India and also thanked the MI and CSK franchises. 

“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. I would like to thank the captains I have played under, M.S. Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and especially Virat Kohli, who always had shown great belief in me throughout my career with the Indian team,” said Rayudu.

Cricketing fraternity was shaken with Rayudu’s retirement. Tweets poured in by far and large, describing Rayudu as one of the finest talent India had ever produced. Virat Kohli also tweeted- “Wish you the best going forward Ambati. You are top man!”

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