The sudden announcement of retirement of this cricketer has certainly left everyone’s jaws wide open.
The present day cricket has been made more popular owing to the introduction of different formats and the extensive cricket being played all throughout the year. Although it is quite entertaining for the fans to see their favourite players playing under the sun, the fitness becomes a constraint for the players concerned to play too much cricket. As a result they are announcing their retirement from specific formats to concentrate on the remaining.
Quite recently, India’s star middle order batsman, Ambati Rayudu hung his boots from the longest format of the game. However he would continue to represent the nation in limited format matches. The prime motive behind the same is to increase the longevity of his international career and to focus on the shorter formats.
The 33 year old has been almost a perennial member of the Indian side in the ODIs and the T20I formats owing to his stupendous performance in the Indian Premier League. He has become a regular for No. 4 position in the side and is also expected to feature in the upcoming World cup in the similar position.
Prior to his retirement, he has made his appearances in 97 first class games in which he has scored 6151 runs at an average of 45.66.
Rayudu although quite a popular name in the white ball cricket format was yet to don a white jersey for the side. He had been a part of the test squad in several occasions but never could made it to the playing 11. With no hopes of being inducted into the test side, he deemed it fit to take retirement from this format and focus on the one from where he is earning handsome dividends.
He announced his retirement on Saturday through a letter to the Hyderabad Cricket Association. HCA then declared the same through a press release. He has thanked all the esteemed members who gave him the opportunity to represent the teams on a broad platform as a result of which he is at such a good position.
“I will continue to play international and domestic matches of the shorter version. And, I take this opportunity to thank the BCCI, HCA, Baroda Cricket Association and also Vidarbha Cricket Association for giving me the opportunities over the years. It has always been an honour to play for Hyderabad and I can never forget the kind of support I got from all those here, including my fellow players, coaches and the officials. And especially, the way I was welcomed back into the BCCI fold after the stint in the rebel ICL.”
As a result of this, Rayudu would no longer be able to play the ongoing Ranjit Trophy cricket tournament for his state. He would however continue his services in the limited overs format played around the nation and overseas as well.