Rayudu expresses interest to play for India again
Ambati Rayudu was not picked in India’s World Cup squad despite being very good in his profile for the number four slot. Even after Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay Shankar got ruled out of the tournament, he was not picked and this was the main reason why he quit all forms of cricket.
He had also sent a letter to the Hyderabad Cricket Association to call curtains on his cricket career. Rayudu last played for the national team back in March in the ODI series against Australia. However, following a couple of months, it’s been learned that Ambati Rayudu is still open to representing the team again.
Previously, he had also spoken about continuing playing for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL).
“I haven’t thought much but I would prepare well to come back to white-ball cricket as soon as possible. I love the game, obviously. See ambition and targets are one thing but it still is the game I love. It is about playing cricket,” Ambati Rayudu was quoted as saying in India Today.
In a strange turn of events, Ambati Rayudu has now stated that he won’t say no to playing for the Indian cricket team. “Of course, who will say no to India?” he stated. “So, I thought why not take it forward? Nothing like a target or anything. But my first priority would be to get fully fit. I have not played cricket for a while now and it would take me maybe a month and a half to get fully fit,” he said.
After he was left out of the World Cup squad, India’s chairman of selectors, MSK Prasad said that the team management has picked Vijay Shankar over Ambati Rayudu for Vijay’s three-dimensional abilities. The remark didn’t please Ambati Rayudu at all, who later tweeted that he would be buying 3D glasses to watch the summer’s showpiece event.
Rayudu was also selected as one of the backups just in case some injury developments arise in an unfortunate time. Rayudu is now in the scheme of things in the TNCA One-Day league for the V.A. Parthasarathy trophy and is featuring for Grand Slam in the tourney.