Indian batsman Ambati Rayudu, who announced his retirement from cricket earlier this year during the World Cup when he wasn’t chosen to replace Shikhar Dhawan at the tournament despite being named one of the five stand-bys has taken a U-turn on his decision.
In a mail sent to Hyderabad Cricket Association’s committee member Ratnakar Shetty, a copy of which was accessed by Cricketnext, Rayudu wrote that his decision to retire was an “emotional one” and that he was “willing to play in all formats of the game” once again.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank Chennai Super Kings, VVS Laxman and Noel David, who have been very supportive during the tough time and are instrumental in making me realise that I have enough cricket left in me,” Rayudu wrote in the mail.
“I am looking forward to a wonderful season ahead with a very talented Hyderabad team and help the team realise its full potential. I will be available from September 10 to join the Hyderabad team."
HCA chief selector Noel David welcomed Rayudu’s decision, saying that the latest development was only good news for cricket in the state, and said that Rayudu “has at least five years of cricket” left in him.
“It is great news for us. I still believe he still has five years of cricket and groom youngsters which is more important for us. Last year without him, we struggled in Ranji Trophy," David told The Hindu. “Rayudu’s class and experience will prove to be very handy for Hyderabad and will surely have a major positive influence on the other players as he will be playing in all the formats.
“Hopefully he carries on the good work and leads from the front and I am confident of Rayudu getting support from all quarters."
Last year, Rayudu announced his retirement from first class cricket to focus on his limited-overs career with securing a spot in the World Cup in mind. He played his last first-class game in November 2017. Hyderabad finished seventh in Group B in the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy season.