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World Cup 2019: Ambati Rayudu retires from International cricket, Iceland Cricket’s special offer to Rayudu

Ambati Rayudu World Cup 2019: Ambati Rayudu retires from International cricket: Iceland Cricket in a tweet makes a hillarious offer.

Jul 3, 2019 16:03 IST
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Ambati Rayudu retires from International Cricket, World Cup 2019: Ambati Rayudu has announced retirement from all forms of cricket, after major world cup snub. Ambati Rayudu made the announcement after the Indian cricket team management repeatedly ignored him in the ongoing world cup. Ambati Rayudu was named as one of the five stand-bys for the Indian world cup squad but he was snubbed twice, after the Indian selectors preferred Rishabh Pant and Mayank Agarwal over him as replacements for injured Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay Shankar respectively.

Ambati Rayudu, the Indian middle-order batsmen, has been overlooked twice by the Indian cricket team management in the World Cup 2019. Ambati Rayudu was not called as replacement when Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of the world cup due to thumb fracture. Rishabh Pant had recieved the call from Indian selectors to replace Shikhar Dhawan in the Indian squad. Ambati Rayudu, yet again failed to receive a call when Vijay Shankar was ruled out of the world cup due to toe injury. The Indian team selectors and management chose Mayank Agarwal to replace Shankar over Rayudu.

Ambati Rayudu trolled, offered permanent residency by Iceland Cricket

Ambati Rayudu had initially criticized the Indian team selectors for not picking him in India's world cup squad. He had even tweeted saying,"just ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup."

Ambati Rayudu was trolled hard by the Twitteratti for being ignored by the Indian team management. To compensate for the repeated snubs from the Indian selectors, Iceland Cricket in a hillarious tweet made an unusual offer to Ambati Rayudu on July 1. The Iceland Cricket offered Ambati Rayudu permanent residency in their country so that he can play for them.

The Iceland Cricket's tweet was in response to yet another world cup snub for Rayudu with Mayank Agarwal's call to England to replace Vijay Shankar in the Indian squad. The Iceland Cricket offered Rayudu a place not only in their country but also in their team by tweeting, "Agarwal has three professional wickets at 72.33 so at least @RayuduAmbati can put away his 3D glasses now. He will only need normal glasses to read the document we have prepared for him. Come join us Ambati. We love the Rayudu things."

Iceland Cricket's bizarre offer came two days prior to Ambati Rayudu's retirement announcement. Two days after the troll, Ambati Rayudu announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Here is what we know about Ambati Rayudu's cricketing career.

Ambati Rayudu- Cricket Stats

Ambati Rayudu is a right-handed middle-order batsman and a right-arm off break bowler, who also occasionally keeps the wicket. He played for Hyderabad in domestic cricket, and Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) .

Ambati Rayudu began his first-class career at the age of 16 in 2002. He became a part of India A in 2003. Rayudu, in fact, even captained the India Under-19 team at the 2004 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.

There were a lot of expections of Ambati Rayudu getting selected for the Indian national cricket team. However, following several cases of disputes with players and state association and his association with the Indian Cricket League (rebel league), he was ignored by the Indian team selectors.

After terminating his contract with the Indian Cricket League, Rayudu returned to domestic cricket in 2009. Ambati Rayudu first found his place in the Indian squad in 2012. He made his international ODI debut in July 2013 against Zimbabwe. Rayudu played his last ODI against Australia in 2019.

Ambati Rayudu has scored a total of 1694 runs in 55 ODIs, which includes three hundreds and 10 fifties, and 42 runs in six T20I matches. Rayudu never got a chance to play Tests for India.

In November 2018, Rayudu had announced his retirement from first-class cricket, to focus on limited-overs cricket. On July 3, 2019, Ambati Rayudu announced retirement from all forms of cricket.

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