Snubbed twice from the ICC World Cup 2019 squad, veteran batsman Ambati Rayudu has announced his retirement from cricket. Rayudu has sent a letter to BCCI intimating the apex body about his decision. Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar who has played with Rayudu in the Mumbai Indians, thanked him for his contribution to Indian cricket.
Tendulkar thanks Rayudu for his contribution
In the 55 ODI matches that he has played for India, Ambati Rayudu has scored 1694 runs at an average of 47.05 with a top score of an unbeaten 124. He has hit three centuries and ten fifties and has a strike rate of 79.04. In the six T20Is games that he has played, Rayudu has scored 42 runs at an average of 10.50.
The veteran batsman was in contention for a World Cup spot leading to the tournament. Even skipper Virat Kohli backed him to be India’s no four batsman – the most debated batting spot. But all-rounder Vijay Shankar peeped Ambati Rayudu to be in the 15-member squad after his poor outing in the Indian Premier League for Chennai Super Kings. The decision comes after the selectors decided to go with youngsters Rishabh Pant and Mayank Agarwal over Ambati Rayudu after injuries led Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay Shankar ruled out of the World Cup. However, he has not revealed any reasons for his retirement.
Sachin Tendulkar who once shared the dressing room Ambati Rayudu thanked for his contribution to Indian cricket. He also wished him all the very best for his life after cricket. Tendulkar is currently in England for his commentary stint in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019.
“Thank you for all your contribution to Indian Cricket, Ambati. Have fond memories of spending time with you during your stint at
@mipaltan. Wishing you all the best for your 2nd innings,” Sachin tweeted.
Thank you for all your contribution to Indian Cricket, Ambati. Have fond memories of spending time with you during your stint at @mipaltan.
Wishing you all the best for your 2nd innings. pic.twitter.com/3ueULd6xPu
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 4, 2019