Ambati Rayudu announces retirement from international cricket
London : Indian batsman Ambati Rayudu has announced his retirement from the international cricket after he was not given a chance to play in the ICC World Cup 2019 despite two injuries in the playing XI team.
The middle-order batsman has not given any official reason behind his decision to retire from the international cricket. However, it has been learned 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.
In the world cup, the selectors preferred to fly in Rishabh Pant instead of Rayudu when Shikhar Dhawan was injured. After all-rounder Vijay Shankar was ruled out due to a toe fracture, Mayank Agarwal was picked instead.
Ambati Rayudu was mocked on the social media too for selectors not picking him in the playing XI.
Rayudu had also questioned the selectors’ decision to pick Shankar over him with a tweet that mocked a statement by the head selector.
In a bizarre tweet on Tuesday, Iceland cricket offered Rayudu permanent residency in their country so that he can play for them after he was once again looked over for a World Cup spot in the Indian team.