Ambati Rayudu has decided to retire from the longer form of the game and will concentrate only on white ball cricket i.e. ODIs and T20s. Rayudu in a communication to Hyderabad Cricket Association informed of his intention.
"I will continue to play international and domestic matches of the shorter version. And, I take this opportunity to thank the BCCI, HCA, Baroda Cricket Association and also Vidarbha Cricket Association for giving me the opportunities over the years,
It has always been an honour to play for Hyderabad and I can never forget the kind of support I got from all those here, including my fellow players, coaches and the officials. And especially, the way I was welcomed back into the BCCI fold after the stint in the rebel ICL." Rayudu said in his letter.
The Hyderabad batsman has cemented his spot in Team India at the number 4 position with some impressive performances in the Asia Cup and the recently concluded ODI series with Windies. Indian captain, Virat Kohli has backed him to play at the position with an eye on the World Cup in 2019.
Rayudu's retirement from red ball cricket comes as a surprise as he was expected to play for his state side in their second Ranji Trophy match against Tamil Nadu next week.
(With inputs from Sportstar Live)