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Rayudu was in India’s official standbys list for the big event in the UK but was ignored despite the injury-forced ouster of allrounder Vijay Shankar. @ Getty Images

Snubbed twice from the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, India middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu Wednesday retired from all forms of cricket without specifying his reasons for calling it quits.

The 33-year-old Andhra Pradesh batsman was in India’s official standbys list for the big event in the UK but was ignored despite the injury-forced ouster of allrounder Vijay Shankar.

Opener Mayank Agrawal was brought in on the team management’s insistence and it is learnt, Rayudu was left quite disappointed by the turn of events. (ALSO READ: Kohli, Shastri wanted Mayank Agarwal to replace injured Vijay Shankar in Indian squad)

Below is Rayudu’s e-mail to the BCCI.

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. 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 also would like to thank the two IPL franchises MI and Csk for their support. It has been an honour and privilege to have represented our country. I would like to thank the captains I have played under, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and especially Virat Kohli who always had shown great belief in me throughout my career with the Indian team. It has been a wonderful journey of playing the sport and learning from every up and down it brought up on for the last 25 years at various different levels. Finally, I would like to thank my family and all the well-wishers who have been with me throughout this wonderful journey. 

Thanking you sir,

Yours sincerely

Ambati Rayudu

Rayudu played 55 ODIs for India, scoring 1694 runs at an average of 47.05. The player, who could never break into the Test team, was in the spotlight before the World Cup.