The announcement comes after he was twice overlooked for selection in the Indian squad at the Cricket World Cup currently underway in England. 

Ambati Rayudu announces retirement from all forms of cricket Reports
Cricket WC 2019 CWC 2019 Wednesday, July 03, 2019 - 13:30

Indian cricketer Ambati Rayudu announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Wednesday, according to multiple media reports. 

The announcement comes after he was twice overlooked for selection in the Indian squad at the Cricket World Cup currently underway in England. 

Rayudu reportedly wrote to the BCCI, “Respected sir, I would like to bring to your kind notice that I have come to a decision to step away from the sport and retire from all forms and levels of the game. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the bcci and all the state associations that I have represented which include Hyderabad, Baroda, Andhra and Vidarbha. I would also like to thank the two ipl franchises MI and Csk for their support. It has been a honour and privilege to have represented our country."

Rayudu, 34, was considered as the batsman to play at the No. 4 spot in the ODI team. But he was dropped from the World Cup squad with the selectors opting to pick all-rounder Vijay Shankar instead. The selectors pointed out Vijay's ability to contribute with both bat and ball while confirming his selection. 

"After the Champions Trophy in 2017, we tried quite a few people in that position. We did give a few more chances to Rayudu. Vijay Shankar is three dimensional. We are looking at him at no. 4 to begin with," Chief Selector MSK Prasad had said at the time. 

Following the selection, Rayudu made a tongue-in-cheek remark on social media about being dropped from the squad.

Even when Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay Shankar were forced out of the World Cup squad due to injuries, the selectors decided to bring in Rishabh Pant and Mayank Agarwal despite naming Rayudu among the stand-by players for the World Cup. 

Rayudu began his career playing first class cricket with the Hyderabad cricket team. He also took part in the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) and only returned to the BCCI fold in 2009. He made his ODI debut in 2013 in a game against Zimbabwe at the age of 28. 

Rayudu scored 1694 runs in 50 ODI innings with a top score of 124 not out. He scored three centuries and 10 fifties in his career. 

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