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Rayudu backtracks on retirement to make himself available for Hyderabad
Rayudu's U-Turn

Rayudu backtracks on retirement to make himself available for Hyderabad

Ambati Rayudu has reversed his decision to retire from all forms of cricket barely two months after drawing curtains on his career following his exclusion from the World Cup squad.

Rayudu was omitted from India's line-up for the showpiece event to make way for all-rounder Vijay Shankar.

Later, the 33-year-old announced his retirement after being snubbed by the Indian team management, which preferred Mayank Agarwal to replace the injured Shankar.

"He has written to us that after speaking with senior cricketers like VVS Laxman and others, he has withdrawn his retirement from all forms of cricket," the Board of Control for Cricket in India member Ratnakar Shetty said.

"We have forwarded his letter to selectors. It is up to them now but he has made himself available for selection."

In an email sent to the Hyderabad Cricket Association, Rayudu has written about his intentions to play for the Hyderabad team in the shorter format of the game.

The right-handed middle order batsman debuted in international cricket in 2013 against Zimbabwe and accumulated 1,694 runs across 55 appearances in the format at an average of 47.0.

He was the leading run-getter for Chennai Super Kings in their 2018 Indian Premier League triumph.

His dip in form earlier this year in the 3-2 home series loss to Australia caused the selectors to overlook him for Shankar given his "three-dimensional" abilities.

Rayudu did not take the news of his exclusion from the squad kindly and tweeted: "Just ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the World Cup".

He has frequently been cited as one of India's most talented batsmen in the domestic circuit but has occasionally run into disciplinary issues during his career.