Coming out of retirement is ‘not a U-turn’ says Rayudu
India’s Ambati Rayudu who has recently overturned his retirement decision to represent his country yet again has hit the headlines for a bold statement. He had clarified that his retirement is ‘not a U-turn’.
Rayudu, who is set to make a stellar rebound to cricket field after announcing his retirement for international cricket in July, has got the call from Hyderabad Cricket Association (HSC) to play in the domestic tournaments.
“I declined lucrative offers to play in T10 and T20 leagues in Canada and other countries. I have come out of retirement for well-wishers,” he told Telangana Today.
“It is not a U-turn as for good reasons I believe I have a good amount of cricket left in me. My top priority is now to get runs for Hyderabad,” Rayudu added.
The veteran had also retracted his retirement earlier this week. Then he went on to credit Chennai Super Kings (CSK), VVS Laxman and HCA selection committee chairman, Noel David for making him realise that there is a lot of cricket left in him.
Rayudu also spoke about the aura in the Hyderabad cricket team.
“It is time there is a good ambience and there should be no pressure on the players. The best team should be selected. I feel that the players are playing under pressure. The infighting in the association is not good for cricket. Sadly, I feel the Hyderabad colours are for sale and it is important the players should perform to earn a place in the team,” he said.
The middle-order batsman was snubbed from India’s World Cup 2019 squad only to be replaced by all-rounder Vijay Shankar for his three-dimensional game. Expressing his frustration after the squad announcement, Ambati Rayudu took a dig at chief selector MSK Prasad by coming up with ‘3d glasses‘ tweet.
“In fact, I had a very, very good tour of New Zealand [a couple of 40s and a 90 in the ODIs]. Of course, it took a game or two to get back to my form. I was the highest run-getter in New Zealand.
I was happy with the way I was batting and shaping up. It was unfortunate that [the selectors] had different combinations in mind and that didn’t work out for me,” he said.
In the 50 ODI innings that he has played for the Indian cricket team, Rayudu has scored 1694 runs at a very good average of 47.05. He has scored three centuries and 10 fifties in his ODI career.