Ambati Rayudu retires from cricket matches

Indian middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Rayudu, who was in the running for a place in India’s ICC World Cup squad, was ignored at the last moment as Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar was chosen ahead of him.

India has since made two changes to their squad after injuries to Shikhar Dhawan and Shankar, and have called in Rishabh Pant and opener Mayank Agarwal into the squad. Hence, Rayudu, despite being in the race initially, has now been overlooked thrice for the showpiece event.

Rayudu has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket and has written to BCCI about the same. The Hyderabad batsman has scored 1694 runs in 55 ODIs for India, with three centuries and ten half-centuries to his name. He has played 97 first-class matches and has turned out with distinction in the Indian Premier League for teams like Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.

“Just ordered a new set of 3-D glasses to watch the World Cup,” Rayudu had tweeted after being ignored for India’s World Cup squad.The comment was seen as a sarcastic take on chief selector MSK Prasad’s claim that Vijay Shankar was a three dimensional player.

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