Indian middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu has decided to retire from all forms of cricket, a BCCI official said.
The 33-year-old Andhra batsman was in the official standby list for ongoing World Cup in the U.K. but was ignored despite an injury to all-rounder Vijay Shankar. Opener Mayank Agrawal was brought in on the team management’s insistence.
Rayudu then took a dig at that statement with a cheeky social media post. “Just ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup,” he tweeted at the time.
The middle-order batsman had in 2018 announced retirement from first-class cricket to concentrate solely on his 50-over and T20 career. In all, he slammed 6151 runs from 97 first-class outings.
Rayudu, who could never break into the Test team, was in the spotlight before the World Cup. Declared the preferred No.4 batsman by captain Virat Kohli not many months ago, he was ignored for Vijay in India's final squad for the quadrennial event.
Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad had justified the move by saying that Shankar had "three-dimensional skills".
Rayudu then took a dig at that statement with a cheeky social media post.
He is yet to make a formal announcement, but a Board official told PTI that he had communicated his decision to the BCCI.