Former Indian cricketer Ambati Rayudu, known for his excellent batting in the middle-order, made a bold claim against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Rayudu had retired from all forms of cricket in 2019 after being overlooked by the selectors for the 2019 ODI World Cup in England.
Retirement and Comeback in IPL 2023
Ambati Rayudu, who played for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), announced his retirement from professional cricket after the conclusion of the 2023 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2023). However, he made a surprising return to the game after an intervention from CSK’s management. In the IPL 2023 summit clash against the Gujarat Titans, Rayudu played a crucial innings, scoring 19 runs off just 8 balls.
Ignored for the 2019 ODI World Cup
Rayudu’s exclusion from the Indian team for the 2019 ODI World Cup came as a shock to many. It was widely believed that Rayudu’s selection was almost certain. However, the selectors replaced him with Vijay Shankar, a player known for his ability to contribute with bat, ball, and fielding.
Rayudu’s Claims and Issues with Selection Committee
Speaking out for the first time about the controversy surrounding his omission from the World Cup squad, Rayudu revealed that he had issues with a member of the selection committee during the early stages of his career. He believes that these issues might have played a role in his exclusion from the team for the 2019 World Cup.
BCCI Official’s Communication
Rayudu also disclosed that in 2018, a BCCI official had asked him to be prepared for the ODI World Cup in 2019. At that time, MSK Prasad served as the chief selector of the Indian cricket team when the squad was selected for the tournament.
Rayudu’s IPL Success and Enjoyment with CSK
Ambati Rayudu has had a successful career in the Indian Premier League. He has scored 4,348 runs in 201 IPL matches, making him one of the highest run-scorers in the history of the tournament. Rayudu has won six IPL trophies, forming a formidable partnership with Rohit Sharma. Rayudu expressed that his time with CSK felt like being back at home and considered it the most enjoyable phase of his career.
In conclusion, Ambati Rayudu, a prominent middle-order batsman, has made a bold claim against the BCCI, stating that he had issues with a member of the selection committee, which may have led to his exclusion from the 2019 ODI World Cup squad. Rayudu recently retired from professional cricket but made a comeback to play in the IPL 2023 after an intervention from the CSK management.
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