India’s middle order batsman Ambati Rayudu has announced his retirement from international cricket after the latest World Cup snub. Rayudu was surprisingly excluded from India’s World Cup squad and has not been named in any of the replacements called for the injured Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay Shankar.
In a letter addressed to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Rayudu expressed gratitude to all the franchises and cricket boards that provided him the opportunity to pursue the sport professionally.
“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.
Rayudu grabbed the headlines for his sarcastic tweet when Shankar was selected ahead of him for his “three-dimensional” abilities. Clearly distraught at the snub, the 33-year-old had poked fun at the selection committee’s reasoning for his axing.