India's middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu has decided to move on after he announced his shocking retirement from cricket on Wednesday. The veteran batsman failed to find a place in the Indian squad for the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. He was once again overlooked by the selectors when all-rounder Vijay Shankar was ruled out of the tournament due to a toe injury and Mayank Agarwal was named as a replacement.
It seemed that the Andhra batsman was assured of a World Cup berth during his impressive run in 2018 and it appeared that India's middle-order woes have been addressed. However, barring a match-winning 90 against New Zealand back in January, he failed to create much of an impression in the preceding series against Australia which was followed by a home series against the reigning five-time World Champions.
The 33-year-old's sudden retirement was too hard to digest for the fans and they criticised the Board of Contol for Cricket in India (BCCI) for not respecting his talent and underappreciating his contributions for the side.
Meanwhile, Indian skipper Virat Kohli came forward and wished Rayudu luck going forward and also called him a top man.
Read Kohli's tweet here.
Earlier, former Indian vice-captain Virender Sehwag took to Twitter and wrote that the middle-order batsman might be disappointed after being excluded from Team India's World Cup squad and he also wished Rayudu all the best in life after retirement.
It seemed that the Andhra batsman was assured of a World Cup berth during his impressive run in 2018 and it appeared that India's middle-order woes have been addressed. However, his 2019 began on a miserable note as he could manage only 24 runs in the two matches. Rayudu made up for it to some extent in the following series against New Zealand where he amassed 190 runs in five ODI's. He scored a match-winning 90 in the final ODI after India were reduced to 18/4 as they ended up getting to 252. However, a forgettable home series against Australia meant that the veteran batsman was overlooked for the quadrennial event.