India’s ODI no. 4 Ambati Rayudu has decided to retire from the longer version of the game, including Ranji Trophy.
In a communication to the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) on Saturday, Rayudu informed that he wants to focus more on limited-overs cricket.
“I will continue to play international and domestic matches of the shorter version. And, I take this opportunity to thank the BCCI, HCA, Baroda Cricket Association and also Vidarbha Cricket Association for giving me the opportunities over the years.”
“It has always been an honour to play for Hyderabad and I can never forget the kind of support I got from all those here, including my fellow players, coaches and the officials. And especially, the way I was welcomed back into the BCCI fold after the stint in the rebel ICL,” he wrote in his letter to HCA.
Also, the HCA press release read: “Hyderabad Captain and Member of India ODI team have decided to retire from the longer version of the game including Ranji Trophy (multi-day) to focus on limited overs cricket and T20 cricket. He will continue to play international and domestic matches of the shorter version. He has thanked BCCI, Hyderabad Cricket Association, Andhra Cricket Association, Baroda Cricket Association, and Vidarbha Cricket.”
Rayudu was included in the Indian team for the Asia Cup after passing the yo-yo test and in the recently concluded ODI series against the Windies, he impressed everyone with his abilities and thus has sealed a spot for himself.
The 33-year old is well set to feature in the Indian team when they fly to England and Wales for the ICC World Cup next year.