Mumbai: Less than two months after he said he would no longer play cricket, Ambati Rayudu has said he will make a comeback. The 33-year-old player has written to the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), saying that he is available for selection and that he made the previous decision for emotional reasons.
In an email sent to HCA, Ambati wrote that he wants to play cricket in all formats. He thanks his Indian Premier League franchise CSK, and former India batsman VVS Laxman for helping him to change the decision to retire.
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, Ambati Rayadu said.
The HCA responded by sending out a mail saying, “This is to inform you that Rayudu has withdrawn his announcement of retirement and has made himself available for the shorter format of the game for HCA for 2019-20.”
During the World Cup in England this year, Ambati had announced his retirement after he was not chosen to replace Shikhar Dhawan who was injured despite being named one of five stand-by players.
Ambati was not initially included in the 15-man India squad for the World Cup because of not having a “three-dimensional” game. Vijay Shankar was preferred over him and after he was snubbed Ambati had sent out a sarcastic tweet aimed at chief selector MSK Prasad saying “Just ordered a new set of 3D glasses to watch the World Cup”.