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Ambati Rayudu Thanks Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni And Rohit Sharma In His Retirement Letter To BCCI 

Ambati Rayudu Thanks Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni And Rohit Sharma In His Retirement Letter To BCCI

Ambati Rayudu has called curtains on his International career. The announcement was made after the world cup snub by the Indian selectors. However, Rayudu thanked all the people, who stood by his side during his tough days. He also gave a special mention to Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma.

Rayudu was in the stand-by list for the World Cup but after injuries to Shikhar Dhawan and Shankar, he failed to board the flight as the selectors and the team management picked Rishabh Pant and Agarwal as replacements.

It is widely believed that Ambati Rayudu’s sudden decision to retire from all forms of cricket including the IPL was due to being overlooked twice when spots opened up in the World Cup squad despite him being among the designated standbys for the tournament.

MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu
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It was an honour to play for India – Ambati Rayudu

However, in his email to senior BCCI officials, accessed exclusively by CricketNext, Rayudu hasn’t made any reference to the decision made by the selectors. Rayudu has thanked the BCCI for the “honour and privilege” of representing the country and thanked the various captains he has played under.

In his letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Rayudu said, “I would like to bring to your kind notice that I have come to decide to step away from the sport and retire from all forms and levels of the game. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the BCCI and all the state associations that I have represented which include Hyderabad, Baroda, Andhra and Vidharbha.”

Ambati Rayudu, Aakash Chopra
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“I also would like to thank the two IPL franchises MI and CSK for their support. It has been an honour and privilege to have represented our country.”

“I would like to thank the captains I have played under, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and especially Virat Kohli who always had shown great belief in me throughout my career with the Indian team.”

“It has been a wonderful journey of playing the sport and learning from every up and down it brought up on for the last 25 years at various different levels. Finally, I would like to thank my family and all the wellwishers who have been with me throughout this wonderful journey.”

His Career in a Brief Note:

Making his international debut on July 24, 2013, against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Rayudu was expected to be the next big thing for Indian cricket, having impressed everyone at the National Cricket Academy at 2001. However, it wasn’t easy for him, partly due to his own fault in not maintaining any consistency.

In the 50 ODI innings that he has played, Rayudu scored 1694 runs at an average of 47.05 with a top score of 124*. He has hit three centuries and 10 fifties and has a strike rate of 79.04. In the five T20Is innings that he has played, he has scored 42 runs at an average of 10.50.

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