The ever controversial Team India middle order batsman Ambati Rayudu has announced retirement from all forms of cricket after again being overlooked in the Team India’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 squad.
Originally a first choice for India’s Number 4 position during ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, was first overlooked in place of Vijay Shankar. As that was not enough Team India included another two players in the team as injury replacement and Rayudu missed that as well. Rayudu was listed in the reserves for the Indian cricket team prior to the World Cup but still was overlooked as injury replacement.
The middle-order batsman has not stated the reason for his retirement yet. He has, however, said that he will continue to play in the Indian Premier League.
In the 50 ODI innings that he has played, Rayudu scored 1694 runs at an average of 47.05 with a top score of 124*. He has hit three centuries and 10 fifties and has a strike rate of 79.04. In the five T20Is innings that he has played, he has scored 42 runs at an average of 10.50.
After Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of games due to a thumb injury, the Indian team management had opted to fly in Rishabh Pant. After all-rounder Vijay Shankar was ruled out due to a toe fracture, Mayank Agarwal was picked instead.
Rayudu had also been trolled on social media after Agarwal was picked to join the Indian squad at the World Cup.
Rayudu had also questioned the selectors’ decision to pick Shankar over him with a tweet that mocked a statement by the head selector.