Snubbed twice for the World Cup, Ambati Rayudu announces retirement

After having failed to receive a call-up from the Indian cricket team management twice during the ongoing ICC World Cup, batsman Ambati Rayudu has announced his retirement from the game. 

When Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of the tournament with a thumb fracture, he was replaced by Rishabh Pant, and when Vijay Shankar went home with a toe injury, the BCCI once again overlooked Rayudu in favour of Mayank Agarwal. 

Photo courtesy: Facebook/Indian Cricket Team
Photo courtesy: Facebook/Indian Cricket Team

Rayudu was listed in the reserves for the Indian cricket team prior to the World Cup. The middle-order batsman has not yet stated the reason for his retirement.

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.

Picking Shankar over Rayudu during the selection of India’s 15-man World Cup squad, BCCI selector MSK Prasad had said, “Vijay Shankar gives three dimensions. He can bat, if the conditions are overcast he can bowl, plus he is a fielder.”

Following this Rayudu had posted the following cheeky tweet:

Meanwhile Iceland cricket trolled Rayudu on Tuesday, after he was overlooked as a replacement for Shankar, inviting him to come and play for Iceland.