Ambati Rayudu takes U-turn on retirement, looks forward to play for Hyderabad
Hyderabad : Two months after making an announcement on his retirement from all formats of the Cricket, Ambati Rayudu has made a giant U-turn.
According to a news report by The Hindu, the 33-year old has written a mail to the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) claiming that his decision of retirement was emotionally driven and he is willing to play in all formats of the game again.
The HCA on their part wants Ambati Rayudu to groom the next generation of Hyderabad with chief selector Noel David believing that he has at least five years of cricket left in him.
"I want to take this opportunity to thank Chennai Super Kings, VVS Laxman and Noel David, who have been very supportive during the tough time and are instrumental in making me realise that I have enough cricket left in me," Rayudu wrote in an email to Prof Ratnakar Shetty, a member of the Committee of Administrators currently overseeing affairs of the HCA.
"I am looking forward to a wonderful season ahead with a very talented Hyderabad team and help the team realise its full potential. I will be available from September 10 to join the Hyderabad team."
Last week, he has shared desires to play once again in the Indian Premier League. In the last season, he was contracted with Chennai Super Kings.
"It is great news for us. I still believe he still has five years of cricket and groom youngsters which is more important for us. Last year without him, we struggled in Ranji Trophy," David said. "Rayudu's class and experience will prove to be very handy for Hyderabad and will surely have a major positive influence on the other players as he will be playing in all the formats.
"Hopefully he carries on the good work and leads from the front and I am confident of Rayudu getting support from all quarters."
Ambati Rayudu had announced his retirement from the game during the World Cup 2019 after he was not selected in the playing XI despite Shikhar Dhawan's injury.