Cricketing world reacts to Ambati Rayudu’s sudden retirement

Cricketing world reacts to Ambati Rayudu’s sudden retirement

"Rayudon't," tweeted the official handle of CSK.

Ambati Rayudu
Ambati Rayudu. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Until a few months ago, Ambati Rayudu was well in the reckoning to make it to the final cut of India’s World Cup 2019 squad. He was also ascertained by skipper Virat Kohli last year that he’d be given the number four slot in the quadrennial event. The cricketer even bid adieu to red-ball cricket in order to concentrate on white-ball cricket ahead of the World Cup. However, things have gone downhill for Rayudu since the start of 2019.

He didn’t have a great time in Australia, New Zealand as well as the IPL where he was playing for the Chennai Super Kings. Expect for a 90 that he scored against New Zealand, there weren’t many considerable performances. This forced the team management and selectors to overlook him and they chose to pick Vijay Shankar instead. A ‘3D tweet’ from the Hyderabad cricketer spurred up further controversy taking the internet by a storm.

A promising, but an unfulfilled career for Ambati Rayudu

Rayudu, who has once touted to be the next Sachin Tendulkar, was named as the back-up in case any unforeseen circumstances arise. However, despite two players getting injured, his name was not considered. First, when Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out, Rishabh Pant was called in. Then, Vijay Shankar injured his toe and couldn’t take part any further in the tournament. In his place, Mayank Agarwal, who is yet to make his ODI debut, was preferred.

This would have been quite devastating for the 33-year-old. Thus, he was prompted to announce his retirement from all forms of cricket. He wouldn’t be taking part in the IPL as well any more. This announcement came as quite a surprise. Rayudu played 55 ODIs for India. In the 50 innings where he batted, he scored 1,694 runs at an average of 47.05. He even featured in 6 T20I games.

The cricketing world stood up in applause for what was a glorious career. His Chennai Super Kings (CSK) teammate, Suresh Raina, congratulated him on an amazing career and wrote that he’d miss the dressing room conversations. The official handle of CSK tweeted that they wished this news wasn’t true.

Here is how the cricketers reacted to his decision: