India captain Virat Kohli wished Ambati Rayudu good luck after the latter announced retirement from all forms of cricket with an immediate effect on Wednesday.
The dream of representing your country in the World Cup is something every cricketer wants to realise. Indian batsman Ambati Rayudu, having come within touching distance of making this dream a reality, announced his retirement from all formats on Wednesday after failing to earn the selectors’ trust for a spot in the Indian squad for the ongoing World Cup in England and Wales.
In his retirement letter to BCCI, he expressed his gratitude towards Virat Kohli and said he had recieved constant support from the India captain throughout his career. Having played under the leadership of MS Dhoni (at Chennai Super Kings), Rohit Sharma (at Mumbai Indians) and Virat Kohli (in Team India), Rayudu thanked all three for their support and guidance throughout his career.
“I also would like to thank the two IPL franchises MI and CSK for their support. It has been a honour and privilege to have represented our country. 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,” Rayudu wrote in his retirement letter addressed to the BCCI.
“It has been a wonderful journey of playing the sport and learning from every up and down it brought up on for the last 25 years at various different levels. Finally I would like to thank my family and all the wellwishers who have been with me throughout this wonderful journey,” he added in his letter.
Kohli has been vocal of his admiration for Rayudu, having hailed the right-handed batsman’s performances for India from time to time. Although it was Vijay Shankar who was preferred for the No. 4 spot when the 15-member Indian team for the World Cup was announced, for a fair bit of time, it was Rayudu who was deemed as the ‘best answer to No. 4 spot’ by Virat himself.
The Indian skipper once again took to Twitter to wish the batsman well for the next innings of his life while hailing him as his ‘top man’. “Wish you the best going forward Ambati. You’re a top man @RayuduAmbati”, he tweeted.
Having missed out on the initial World Cup squad, Rayudu remained in contention to replace one of the injured stars Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay Shankar who both were ruled out in the middle of the tournament. The team management, however, went with Rishabh Pant and Mayank Agarwal as replacements, a decision that seemed to have played its role in making Rayudu call time on his career.