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Ambati Rayudu announces retirement from all forms of cricket

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India middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, including the IPL, according to BCCI sources.

The move comes after Rayudu was snubbed by the Indian team management, which preferred Mayank Agarwal as replacement for an injured Vijay Shankar in the World Cup squad.

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Rayudu was in the stand-by list for the World Cup but even after injuries to Shikhar Dhawan and Shankar, he failed to board the flight as the selectors and the team management picked Rishabh Pant and Agarwal as replacements.

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After he was ignored in the 15-member World Cup squad, Rayudu posted a cheeky tweet that was directed to the selectors.

Rayudu wrote a letter to the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) and the association has forwarded it to the BCCI. In the letter accessed by Sportstar, Rayudu wrote, “Respected sir, I would like to bring to your kind notice that I have come to decision to step away from the sport and retire from all forms and levels of the game.”

In 55 ODIs, Rayudu scored 1694 runs with three centuries and 10 half-centuries at an average of 47.05. In the six T20Is he played, the middle-order batsman scored 42 runs. Rayudu never got a chance to represent India in Test cricket.

Rayudu, who made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 2013 played his last ODI against Australia in Ranchi this year.

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