Days after his decision to come out of retirement from all forms of cricket, Ambati Rayudu on Saturday has been appointed as captain of Hyderabad for the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy. Apart from Ambati Rayudu, Mohammed Siraj is another India international who has been named in the Hyderabad squad. Rayudu had announced his retirement after not being selected in India's World Cup squad.
Despite being pitted as India’s preferred No. 4, Rayudu was not included in India’s World Cup squad and was instead named as a back-up. But astonishingly, Rishabh Pant was flown in place of injured Shikhar Dhawan and Mayank Agarwal was named in the squad when Vijay Shankar was ruled out. Upset by the snub, Rayudu decided to quit all forms of cricket with immediate effect.
However, convinced that Rayudu still had a lot of cricket left in him, Noel David, chief selector at the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), and VVS Laxman played a big role in persuading Rayudu to change his decision.
Hyderabad will kick off their season against Karnataka on September 24.