Ambati Rayudu Makes U-turn On Retirement Decision, Writes To HCA

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Fifty-eight days after announcing his retirement, Ambati Rayudu wrote an email to the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) signalling his desire to play again.

Written By Akhil Oka | Mumbai | Updated On:

Fifty-eight days after announcing his retirement, Ambati Rayudu wrote an email to the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) signalling his desire to again play all forms of the game. This change of heart came after former Indian batsman VVS Laxman, HCA chief selector Noel David and Chennai Super Kings convinced him that he had a lot of cricket left in him. Few days ago, the 33-year old batsman had clarified that he would continue playing for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. He had announced his retirement from first-class cricket in late 2018.

Ambati Rayadu to return

Rayudu recently played a number of matches for Grand Slam Cricket Club in the the Tamil Nadu cricket Association League in Chennai. " I am looking forward to a wonderful season with a very talented Hyderabad team and will help the team realise its full potential. I will be available form the 10th of September to join the Hyderabad team." Rayudu stated this in his email. 

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HCA chief selector Noel David welcomes news

On the other hand, the HCA CEO immediately sent an email endorsing that the Indian middle-order batsman had come out of retirement and had made himself available for the shorter format of the game for HCA in the 2019-20 season. Chief selector Noel David talking to a private news portal conceded that it was not an easy decision for Rayudu to admit his mistake and make a comeback. He contended that Rayudu's experience of playing at the highest level was sure to benefit the team. David also focused on Rayudu playing a grooming role for youngsters and building a great team for the years to come. 

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World Cup omission

Ambati Rayudu, touted as India's no.4 batsman in the One-Day International (ODI) format was a surprise omission in India's 2019 World Squad. Chief selector MSK Prasad remembered him for his 3D glasses tweet after the former batsman was given a nod by the selection committee during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. "Lovely tweet. I really enjoyed it. It was timely. Fantastic", said Prasad. At the same time, Prasad also said that he knew how disappointed Rayudu might have felt and even he himself as a selector and an ex-player felt the same as well.  

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