India's Rayudu in dramatic retirement U-turn

Ambati Rayudu. (AFP)
Ambati Rayudu. (AFP)

New Delhi - Former India batsman Ambati Rayudu has reversed his decision to retire from all cricket on Friday, less than two months after he quit following his omission for the Cricket World Cup.

The 33-year-old, who was the Chennai Super Kings' most prolific batsman in their 2018 Indian Premier League triumph, was left out of India's World Cup squad in favour of the younger all-rounder Vijay Shankar.

Rayudu announced his retirement in July after he was overlooked as a replacement when Shankar was injured during the tournament.

"He has written to us that after speaking with senior cricketers like V.V.S. Laxman and others, he has withdrawn his retirement from all forms of cricket," Ratnakar Shetty, a member of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, told AFP.

"We have forwarded his letter to selectors. It is up to them now but he has made himself available for selection," Shetty added.

Rayudu made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 2013 and scored 1,694 runs in 55 one-day internationals. One of his most memorable knocks was in New Zealand this year, when he hit 90 to guide India to victory.

However, his form slumped in the ensuing home series against Australia, and selectors picked Shankar for the World Cup citing his "three-dimensional" qualities.

At the time, Rayudu took a dig at the selectors when he tweeted: "Just ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the World Cup".

The outspoken Rayudu was identified as one of India's most talented batsmen from a young age but he has occasionally clashed with fellow players and officials, including when he joined a rebel cricket league in 2007.

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