Days After Retirement U-Turn, Ambati Rayudu Named Hyderabad Captain & His Plan Seems To Work
Earlier this year, when the BCCI decided to look past former middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu while selecting the Indian roster for the ICC World Cup 2019, the better half of the fans of Indian cricket felt as if the Hyderabad cricketer got snubbed and lost the moment of his life to a newcomer like Vijay Shankar.
And when the selectors decided to replace the injured Shikhar Dhawan and Shankar with Rishabh Pant and Mayank Agarwal, it didn't take long for Rayudu to openly voice his frustration as he called it quits from all forms of cricket.
Indian middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, he has written to BCCI pic.twitter.com/v4Wf3fwZ5i— ANI (@ANI) July 3, 2019
His move, while considered to be a hasty decision at that moment, gradually got a lot of supporters from all over the country, especially with Rishabh Pant failing to keep the batting order alive while playing of the fourth spot.
However, not too long ago, in an interview with The Times of India, Rayudu cleared the air that when he said “all forms and levels,'' he did not mean playing in the Indian Premier League for one of the most successful franchises in Chennai Super Kings.
"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," he had said.
“I would definitely be playing the IPL. Chennai Super Kings has always been very supportive. I would be really happy to prepare well for the IPL and represent CSK.” - Bahubali Rayudu 💛🦁#WhistlePodu#Yellove#CSKpic.twitter.com/PNvEXk7D4f— Whistle Podu Army ® - CSK Fan Club (@CSKFansOfficial) August 24, 2019
In the latest development, however, it has been confirmed that Rayudu has not only been selected to represent Hyderabad in the Vijay Hazare Trophy but will also be playing the role of the team's skipper.
The cricketer after having a conversation with the legendary VVS Laxman and Hyderabad chief selector Noel David, wrote to the Hyderabad Cricket Association talking about him willingness to play for the state in all formats of the game.
"In terms of Hyderabad, I am looking to enjoy my cricket and help the team to get the best out of everyone. My focus now is on playing well for Hyderabad,” he said.
The move to show his anger and frustration towards the Indian cricket board has clearly worked in favour of the 33-year-old. Once considered not being selected into the squad for being “Hyderabadi”, as Pragyan Ojha suggested in his tweet, Rayudu has made an emphatic return to the game as the leader of the state team.
Curious case of some Hyderabadi cricketers... been in a similar situation... understand the wink✌🏼 https://t.co/zLtAQIMvYn— Pragyan Prayas Ojha (@pragyanojha) April 16, 2019
Having said that, the pressure on Rayudu's shoulders to perform well during Vijay Hazare would be immense, considering the fact that literally everyone from the media to the important people of the BCCI will be keeping an eye on him.
The way he left everything messy on the table, maybe even made a couple of enemies during the hasty-retirement phase, things might come back to haunt the talented cricketer, if he fails to perform, that is.