Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh broke his silence about Ambati Rayudu's call to retire from all forms of cricket following his snub by the selectors. The left-handed all-rounder came out in support of the former Andhra Pradesh batsman and said that he was disappointed with the way selectors handled Rayudu's issue especially during the World Cup.
Yuvraj expressed his disappointment with the selectors and said that Rayudu had performed well against New Zealand prior to the World Cup and just two or three bad innings saw him being dropped from the squad.
Rayudu, who had high hopes of getting a place in the national side, was snubbed on more than one occasion by the selectors and eventually announced his retirement from all forms of cricket after Mayank Agarwal was called in as a replacement for the injured Vijay Shankar, despite Rayudu being on the standby list.
Rayudu had expressed his disappointment with the selectors' choice of picking Vijay Shankar over himself in the 15-man World Cup squad that was announced and took to Twitter to express his feelings. Selector MSK Prasad had said that Vijay Shankar possessed three-dimensional qualities and hence was picked ahead of Rayudu, following which Rayudu took to Twitter to say that he was going to watch the World Cup with 3D glasses, indicating that he was disappointed with the snub.
Ambati Rayudu played 55 ODIs for India, scoring 1694 runs at an average of 47.05.
As a former captain of the U-19 national side, Rayudu led the team to the semi-finals in 2004 following which he has had many ups and downs in his career. In 2018, Rayudu had announced his retirement from domestic cricket in November 2018.
Rayudu has said that he will continue playing in the Indian Premier League for the Chennai Super Kings, the only place left for him to play professional cricket. The middle-order batsman has performed consistently for the IPL side while going on to score 3300 runs at an average of 28.7. Although Rayudu's form dipped in the latest edition of the IPL, he was a constant face in the IPL and was known for his role as a middle-order batsman who could stabilize the innings and rotate the strike.