Ambati Rayudu takes U-turn on retirement; says will play in the IPL

Ambati Rayudu took a U-turn on his decision to ‘retire from all forms and levels of the game’ and is seeking a comeback to white-ball cricket via the Indian Premier League.

The middle-order batsman, who had announced his retirement, after being snub twice for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is currently playing in the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association League said that he looking forward to being part of CSK in the IPL.

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“I would definitely be playing the IPL for Chennai Super Kings and make a comeback into white ball cricket. My priority now is to get back into peak fitness,” Rayudu told The Times of India.

Rayudu was among the five players on the standby list, but was twice ignored by the selectors and the Indian team management as they chose to replace the injured duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay Shankar with Rishabh Pant and Mayank Agarwal respectively.

“I wouldn’t say it was an emotional decision because I worked very hard for the World Cup in the last four years. You are bound to be disappointed and I felt it was time (to retire). The decision that I took was not because of rejection or anything else. You work towards something and when you don’t get it, you feel it’s time to move on,” Rayudu told reporters.

He said his love for the game is what brought him back. “I had some time to think over it and then decided might as well come and play some cricket,” he said.