Hyderabad based cricketer Ambati Rayudu has stated his white-ball cricket return. The middle-order batsman has shown a strong desire to play for his international team again. It was during World Cup, Rayudu decided to hang his boots after the batsman was ignored in the 15 men squad in the tournament.
Shocking U-Turn from the cricketer
The 33 YO, Hyderabad batsman believes he should play again in the white-ball cricket. Taking a U-turn on his retirement, Rayudu has said that he is open to playing for the Indian national cricket team as well as the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Rayudu was earlier ignored by the selection committee for the 15 men squad touring England Wales. However, he was on the official standby list for World Cup 2019 in case of any injuries. Things became worse when Indian selectors overlooked him for multiple occasions. Shikar Dhawan’s injury made room for Rishab Pant’s entry followed by Mayank Agarwal’s inclusion for Vijay Shankar’s injury.
The disregard showed by the BCCI selectors forced the cricketer to retire. He sent a letter to the Hyderabad Cricket Association bidding adieu to the game. However, after 2 months of his retirement, the right-handed batsman thinks otherwise.
Not an emotional decision
On being asked if he was available to the selection to the national side, he said “Of course, who will say no to India?”. Rayudu went on saying it was not an emotional decision but was disappointed for being overlooked for the World Cup. “I had worked a lot for the World Cup for four to five years. Obviously, you will be a bit disappointed,” he said.
“I haven’t believed much but I would prepare well to come back to white-ball cricket as soon as possible. I love the game, obviously. See ambition and targets are one thing but it still is the game I love. It is about playing cricket.”
The right-handed batsman has not made any official announcement regarding his return but has expressed a desire to play the game. “I haven’t arrived at a decision yet. I am yet to file formal letters. All I am looking forward to now is my fitness,” said Rayudu.