Indian middle-order batsmen Ambati Rayudu was the name around the social media since the World Cup. He was named as a standby but was not picked by the selectors for the World Cup. Later on, he had announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in the first week of July.
Now, Ambati Rayudu seems to make a U-turn on his retirement. On Thursday, Rayudu wrote to the Hyderabad Cricket Association’s CoA that he will be available for selection.
“I (Ambati Rayudu) would like to bring to your kind notice that I would like to come out of retirement and play cricket in all formats,” – Rayudu wrote.
“This is to inform you that Ambati Rayudu has withdrawn his announcement of retirement and has made himself available for the shorter format of the game for HCA in 2019-20.” – HCA CEO replied.
A couple of senior players went on to speak to Rayudu to bring him out of his tough time. Later on, Rayudu realized that he made a hasty decision and withdrawn it.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank CSK, VVS Laxman and Noel David who has been very supportive during the tough time and are instrumental in making me realize that I have enough cricket left in me and that the decision to retire was taken in an emotional state and haste. I am looking forward to a wonderful season ahead with a very talented Hyderabad team and help the team realize its full potential. I will be available from September 10 to join the Hyderabad team,” – Rayudu stated.
David, who has been asked to be chairman of the senior selection committee, welcomed Rayudu’s decision.
“It is not an easy decision to make. It takes a lot of humility and courage to admit a mistake. I am really excited about Rayudu’s comeback. There is still a lot of cricket left in him and I am sure that he will be a big boon to Hyderabad cricket. He has my full backing and it’s now up to him to help the team reach greater heights,” – David told.
“I was able to speak to him and counsel him. I told him that he had much more to give back to the game. I have known him for a long time. He is not only a great cricketer but also a good human being. It’s just that he was not able to handle the disappointment and reacted in haste.
“I am happy that he will play for the state again. The boys will benefit from his presence in the dressing room and the field. His experience of playing at the highest level is sure to benefit the team too. Hyderabad cricket will be richer by Rayudu’s contribution as he can now focus on grooming youngsters and building a great team for the years to come.
“We are looking forward to building a formidable squad this season and Rayudu is an important cog in the wheel. It’s been a long time since Hyderabad has won the Ranji Trophy. We are keen on making a mark this season,” – David said.