Left out from World Cup squad, Ambati Rayudu retires from International Cricket

Indian middle order batsman Ambati Rayudu announced his decision to retire from international cricket on Wednesday. However, it’s uncertain if he will continue to play in the Indian Premier League as of now.

The player is yet to make a formal announcement but a Board official told PTI that he has communicated his decision to the BCCI. His decision comes after  Rayudu was snubbed by the Indian team management who preferred Mayank Agarwal as replacement for an injured Vijay Shankar in the World Cup squad.

Rayudu was in the standby list for the World Cup but even after injuries to Shikhar Dhawan and Shankar, he wasn’t picked by selectors and the team management.

Soon after the selectors announced the 15-member World Cup squad, Rayudu posted a cheeky tweet that was directed to the selectors.

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.

Rayudu, who made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 2013 played his last ODI against Australia in Ranchi this year.

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.

Source : Various