After being over-looked during the ICC World Cup 2019, Ambati Rayudu had announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. However, just recently the cricketer has expressed his desire to return to white-ball Cricket.
Confirming his involvement in the Indian Premier League, Rayudu expressed his enthusiasm to play for Chennai Super Kings.
Rayudu stated that, “I haven’t thought much but I would prepare well to come back to white-ball cricket as soon as possible. I love the game, obviously. See ambition and targets are one thing but it still is the game I love. It is about playing cricket.”
When asked whether he’ll be open for national side of the sport, he said, “off course, who could say no to India.”
Rayudu was not included in the final 15-member squad for the ICC World Cup 2019. Rayudu along with Rishabh Pant were not selected for the team, whereas all-rounder Vijay Shankar was selected instead. Rayudu’s performance in the last Indian Premier League and series against Australia had been disappointing, due to which he didn’t make the 15-member squad for the mega event. Chief selector MSK Prasad had stated that Vijay Shankar had a 3-dimensional approach to his game which made him the prefered option over Rayudu.
Despite of two injuries during the World Cup tournament, Rayudu was not chosen as the replacement. Feeling disappointed and humiliated with the Selectors decision, he decided to part ways with cricket.
Rayudu has played 55 One-Day Internationals for India, scoring 1694 runs bringing his average to 47.05.