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The “3D Glasses” that cost Ambati Rayudu his Career

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India middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu has shocked the cricket fraternity by announcing his retirement from all forms of cricket, which may also include the IPL and domestic cricket, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri confirmed on Wednesday. 

“I would like to bring to your kind notice that I have come to (the) decision to step away from the sport and retire from all forms and levels of the game. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the BCCI and all the state associations that I have represented which include Hyderabad, Baroda, Andhra and Vidarbha.”  Rayudu apparently wrote in his email to BCCI.

Rayudu also wrote a letter to the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), one which has been forwarded to the BCCI. According to Sportstar, Rayudu wrote, “Respected sir, I would like to bring to your kind notice that I have come to the decision to step away from the sport and retire from all forms and levels of the game.”

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The big announcement comes after Rayudu was snubbed by the national selectors in favour of uncapped Mayank Agarwal as a replacement for an injured Vijay Shankar in the ongoing World Cup.

The 33-year-old had represented India in 55 ODIs, scoring 1694 runs at an average of 47.05. The last figure, interestingly, is the best after Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

A Tweet That Cost Rayudu his Career

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Considered as one of the major contenders for No.4 slot, Rayudu was dropped from the 15-member squad to the stand-by list for the World Cup 2019, with Vijay Shankar going to England instead.

Irked by the ‘snub’, Rayudu posted a cryptic Tweet stating he had bought “3D Glasses to watch World Cup”.

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This was an apparently jibe to selection committee chairman MSK Prasad’s comments that Shankar was chosen for his multi-faceted ability to bat and bowl.

“After the Champions Trophy in 2017, we tried quite a few people in that position. We did give a few more chances to Rayudu. Vijay Shankar is three dimensional. We are looking at him at no. 4 to begin with,” Prasad had said.

In reply to his Tweet, a senior BCCI official had informed that the Board could understand Rayudu and that there was no need for sanctions.

“We have taken note of what Rayudu has tweeted. (But) Let’s accept that emotions are running high at this moment. There is bound to be disappointment and there needs to be an outlet of expression as long as it’s not out of line,” he had said to PTI.
“He will need some time to soak in the disappointment and it’s understandable. There is no need for sanctions. Also, he is one of our standbys. If any injury happens there is every chance, he would go.”

While things seemed to have settled between the two parties, it wasn’t the same as was apparent after Indian team got injury-stricken. First, when Shikhar Dhawan was injured, the management chose Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant as his replacement. 

Things went to a new high when the Vijay Shankar got a toe injury, Mayank Agarwal was called upon as his replacement. Not only is he uncapped, but Agarwal also plays in a different position (as a opener) than the player he was replacing. 

Taking such a risk of bringing in an inexperienced player at a time when the team is looking forward to play in the semi finals points out to only one thing – the BCCI was miffed Ambati Rayudu’s Tweet. It again goes on to show that speaking against the board may cost you your career, however indirect the statement is then. 

Twitter Reactions

Unsurprisingly, #ambatirayudu was the most trending topic on Twitter. While some fans blamed BCCI and Kohli for the batsman’s early retirement, others wished Rayudu best luck for the next innings of his life. Some others even requested him to return from the retirement. Here are the best tweets:

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