India cricketer Ambati Rayudu announced his retirement on Wednesday and that shocked the fraternity. The 33-year-old was snubbed from the 2019 ICC CWC squad and even after two players, Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay Shankar picked up injuries and were replaced, Rayudu still did not find a place. That seems to have been the major reason behind his decision. Some fans are blaming India skipper Virat Kohli for this scenario. They cited a statement Kohli made after the 2018 Asia Cup. Kohli had said that, “We need to back Rayudu till 2019 World Cup.” Also Read - Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah Retain BCCI A+ Annual Contracts; Hardik Pandya Moves to Grade A, Bhuvneshwar Kumar Drops to B
Fans reminded Kohli of that and said that Rayudu did not deserve such a harsh exit. Harsha Bhogle to others bid him good bye as well. Also Read - "Philosophy of Never Giving Up": John Cena on Correlation Between Him And Virat Kohli
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In a statement made by Rayudu, he said, “Virat Kohli always showed great belief in me throughout my career with the Indian team.”
”I would like to thank the captains I have played under, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and especially Virat Kohli who always had shown great belief in me.”
In domestic circuit, the right-handed batsman plays for Hyderabad in national level and Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. Rayudu has played 55 ODIs and amassed 1694 runs at an average of 47.06.