Rayudu makes a huge statement after returning to cricket
Ambati Rayudu who recently overturned his retirement decision to get back into the game has confessed that his decision to retire was taken too hastily and stated that he still had to deliver the much-needed amends. He also credited several people for making him realise that he still got a lot of potential left in him to deliver as a cricketer.
Rayudu is now available for team selection for the Ranji Trophy as well.
“Good people have spoken to me and said that maybe it’s not the right time. The CSK management, Laxman bhai, Noel bhai were constantly talking to me and I felt eventually that what they said made sense. I felt why should I give up on something that I have worked for 20-odd years to reach where I am.
So obviously I thought it over and thought that maybe it’s a bit selfish on my part to just move on without giving anything back to the game while I still can play. I am still fit and can still play, so I think maybe it (the decision) was a little hasty,” Rayudu explained, as reported by Cricbuzz.
He was backed by Indian skipper last year as the perfect fit for the iconic number four position. However, he was left out by the Indian selectors for the squad that jetted off to England, as they preferred Vijay Shankar over Rayudu due to three-dimensional gameplay.
“I was very disappointed. I mean, anyone would be because I had worked so hard for it. I was very prepared for that specific role at No. 4, but maybe their idea of No. 4 might have changed all of a sudden. Maybe they just wanted something else; I’m not too sure. It was very disappointing, but I’m sure they must have had some combinations or plans in mind. I was actually very, very prepared for playing the World Cup to be honest,” revealed Rayudu.
Nonetheless, now that Rayudu is back to don the colours again, he is still in contention for a spot in the national XI despite the fact that he is now completely out of the Indian team setup.
Whatever has happened has happened and his focus will be on putting on a good show for his domestic team Hyderabad and with IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings in a bid to mark a comeback into the Indian starting lineup.
“I’ve never been the kind to think that I have a point to prove or anything. I’m not really bothered about what people say. It’s only been about what I think I can achieve or not. Even if you take the example of playing at 4, I knew I could do it and fulfil that role where you have to be very flexible. And the No. 4 can’t be one-dimensional. There are a lot of things like that. Right now though, my focus is on doing well for Hyderabad and CSK,” Rayudu concluded.