Barely a couple of months after announcing his retirement from International Cricket, Ambati Rayudu has decided to make a comeback. The 33-year-old wrote to the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) stating that his decision to hang up his cricketing boots was more of an emotional one and that he is available for selection.
“I would like to bring to your notice that I would like to come out of retirement and play cricket in all formats”, the right-handed batsman said in an email sent to HCA on Thursday.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank Chennai Super Kings, VVS Laxman and Noel David, who have been very supportive during the tough time and are instrumental in making me realise that I have enough cricket left in me.
“I am looking forward to a wonderful season ahead with a very talented Hyderabad team and help the team realise its full potential. I will be available from September 10 to join the Hyderabad team,” he added.
“This is to inform you that Rayudu has withdrawn his announcement of retirement and has made himself available for the shorter format of the game for HCA for 2019-20,” CoA of the Hyderabad Cricket Association made an announcement post-Ambati’s email.
It is to be noted that midway during ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Ambati Rayudu had announced his retirement after he was not chosen as a replacement for Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay Shankar despite being on the stand-by list. Last year, Rayudu had announced his retirement from first-class cricket to focus on his limited-overs career.