Ambati Rayudu on Wednesday announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect after the latest World Cup snub.
The middle-order batsman was controversially dropped from the Indian squad for the World Cup and was subsequently ignored to fill in as replacements for either Shikhar Dhawan or Vijay Shankar when the duo's tournament was cut short due to injuries.
Rishabh Pant was called in for Dhawan while Karnataka batsman Mayank Agarwal replaced Shankar, forcing Rayudu to reach this decision.
In a letter addressed to the BCCI, Rayudu thanked the board and his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises for providing him the opportunity to play at the highest level.
“I would like to bring to your kind notice that I have come to decision to step away from the sport and retire from all forms and levels of the game. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the BCCI and all the state associations that I have represented which include Hyderabad, Baroda, Andhra and Vidharbha,” he said.
“I also would like to thank the two IPL franchises Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings for their support. It has been an 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.
“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 well-wishers who have been with me throughout this wonderful journey,” Rayudu added.
The 33-year-old made his debut in 2013 and went on to represent India in 55 ODIs accumulating 1694 runs at an average of 47.05, scoring three centuries and 10 fifties and possessing a strike rate of 79.04.
He also featured in six Twenty20 Internationals, faring poorly as he managed just 42 runs at an average of 10.50.
Rayudu's future in IPL is clouded in uncertainty as he is still contracted to play an additional year with this year's runners-up Chennai Super Kings.
Rayudu drew the attention of everyone when he came up with a sarcastic tweet in response to his exclusion from the World Cup squad by the selection committee.
A clearly upset Rayudu had poked humour at the selectors' justification for picking Shankar ahead of him due to the latter's three-dimensional abilities.