India middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu on Wednesday announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. The move comes after Rayudu was snubbed by the Indian team management who preferred Mayank Agarwal as replacement for an injured Vijay Shankar in the World Cup squad.
Rayudu had been trolled on social media after Agarwal was picked to join the Indian squad. Earlier, the batsman had questioned the selectors’ decision to pick Shankar over him with a tweet that mocked a statement by the head selector. In a bizarre tweet on Tuesday, Iceland cricket offered Rayudu permanent residency in their country so that he can play for them after he was once again passed over.
Rayudu has played 55 ODIs for India, scoring 1694 runs at an average of 47.05 with three hundreds and 10 half-centuries. He also featured in six T20 internationals and made 42 run in them. Rayudu, who made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 2013 played his last ODI against Australia in Ranchi this year.
Last year, Rayudu announced his retirement from first-class cricket to focus on one-dayers and T20s. Rayudu called time on his 17-year-long first-class career in which he scored 6151 runs from 97 games.
Rayudu made a comeback in the Indian team by virtue of a successful IPL for Chennai Super Kings and was seen as India’s number four batsman going into the World Cup. However, despite being named in the list of reserve players for the World Cup, Rayudu was given a cold shoulder.