After being ignored for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Ambati Rayudu announced his retirement from all forms of cricket without specifying his reasons for calling it quits in his email to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Rayudu played 55 ODIs for India. In the 50 innings where he batted, he scored 1,694 runs at an average of 47.05. The 33-year-old even featured in 6 T20I games. He retired from all forms of the game after spending 25 years on the field.
The cricketing fraternity sympathized with the former India middle-order batsman, who was overlooked by the selectors, which picked Mayank Agarwal as a replacement player for injured Vijay Shankar in India’s 15-man World Cup squad.
What surprises me most is that the entire @BCCI current selection panel had an unfulfilled career themselves!!!Even then they could not give a fair run to talent like @RayuduAmbati. What a shame!!! While it’s important to win titles, guess it’s more important to have a heart.
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) July 3, 2019
Can understand the pain and anguish Ambati Rayudu may be feeling after the World Cup snub even after performing well.
I wish him lots of happiness and peace in his second innings.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 3, 2019
Must definitely be very painful at being ignored for the WorldCup for #AmbatiRayudu but I wish him all the very best in life after retirement.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 3, 2019
Have to feel for #AmbatiRayudu , did everything he could to make a comeback, did well in the opportunities he got but the World Cup snub must have hurt him really deeply. Wish him the best in retirement.
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 3, 2019
Goodbyes are always hard! Congratulations on an amazing cricketing career, @RayuduAmbati. What a journey it has been! Will miss our dressing room conversations! Onwards & Upwards, my friend! pic.twitter.com/gCDrwnRIsA
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) July 3, 2019
Just saw this news, can feel the pain& disappointment @RayuduAmbati but all I would say is don't take a hasty decision because of the snub.. You are 33 left with lot many more years of Brilliant cricket ahead of you..possibly time to show what ur made of my friend
— Kartik Murali (@kartikmurali) July 3, 2019
Wish you the best going forward Ambati. You're a top man 👊🙂👏@RayuduAmbati
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 3, 2019
Had so many great memories playing alongside @RayuduAmbati for u-19 India,Baroda. A player whom I wished to play at number 4 for India in this World Cup… Congratulations on ur career brother #AmbatiRayuduRetirement
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) July 3, 2019
No one can feel the real pain; a players pain. #AmbatiRayudu takes a decision to retire suddenly; would have been a painful decision. Once selected in the list of World Cup probables he should not be over looked. Very unfair; for any player. #CWC19
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) July 3, 2019
Absolute pleasure playing alongside @RayuduAmbati over d years. One of d players i have immense respect for,a brilliant analyser&finisher of d game.Have seen him win matches in vry tight situations time&again.Learnt alot from him.Wishing him the best in the next phase of his life
— Unmukt Chand (@UnmuktChand9) July 3, 2019
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) July 4, 2019
I can feel ur pain and understand ur situation in which u hav taken this decision.But nevertheless u know better Wat is gud for u and I’m sure God has written a wonderful journey in different field for u from here onwards. God bless nd best wishes @RayuduAmbati 👍
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) July 3, 2019
— rishi dhawan (@rishid100) July 4, 2019
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) July 3, 2019
— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) July 3, 2019