Ambati Rayudu: The unlucky Indian batter whose anger ruined his career!

There has been more than one angry player in the Indian cricket team. Only the one who moves forward with restraint through the ups and downs of his career has won here. The one who took the wrong step in a fit of rage had his career ruined.

Ambati Rayudu celebrates his century in the Ranji Trophy in November 2012.


Ambati Rayudu:

Team India’s fierce batsman, Ambati Rayudu, who has been praised even by Sachin Tendulkar himself, ruined his career in anger. He initially played for Andhra in the Ranji Trophy before transferring to Hyderabad and then Baroda. But because he was always switching teams, there were times when he didn’t get along with the team managers. However, the runs persisted, and just when it appeared that he may finally make a turn for the better, a new obstacle appeared.

Ambati Rayudu (left) in conversation with M. S. Dhoni during a practice session


Miff with BCCI:

When there was no selection in the team, he got entangled with the selector and then announced his retirement without thinking. Ambati Rayudu, the middle-order batsman of the Indian team, made headlines in the year 2019. His place was confirmed as number four for Team India, and he played many valuable innings for the team. Then there was a sudden decline in his game. Ambati was considered to be confirmed as number four before the ICC World Cup 2019. Team India’s search for this number was over, and runs were coming out of his bat. Ambati had scored four half-centuries and one century at this point. In February 2019, on the New Zealand tour, Ambati Ray scored an inning of 90 runs and then failed in three consecutive innings.

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First retirement announced:

On the basis of only three bad innings, the selectors did not give him a place in the team selected for the World Cup. At that time, the chief selector was MSK Prasad, who gave Vijay Shankar a place in the team in place of Ambati, describing him as a 3D player. After the team selection, Ambati was very furious and openly vented his anger at the selectors on social media. Directly targeting MSK, Ambati wrote in the post that I was ordering 3D glasses. I will enjoy the World Cup with these glasses. This was a sarcastic tweet of the Chief Selector calling Vijay Shankar 3D.

A few days after the incident, Ambati surprised everyone by suddenly announcing his retirement from international cricket. However, he later withdrew his decision and announced that he would play after returning from retirement. After this incident, his career ended, and he never returned to international cricket.

Interestingly, there came a second time when Rayudu took a U-turn on his retirement again.

Ambati Rayudu


The second retirement announced:

In the IPL, initially, he was part of the Mumbai Indians; later, he was selected by the Chennai Super Kings. After the last season of the IPL, Rayudu announced his retirement. But within 10 minutes, he changed his mind. Ambati Rayudu tweeted that this is the previous IPL. He wrote that this journey of 13 years was very beautiful.  News of his retirement quickly spread on social media like fire. But within 10 minutes, he deleted the tweet about his retirement. Soon after Rayudu deleted the tweet, CSK CEO Kashi Viswanathan informed that Ambati Rayudu is not retiring. “I am happy to announce that this is my last IPL tournament. Last 13 years, I was with two good teams. “I am thankful to the Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings for this wonderful journey,” he had said in a tweet.

Ambati Rayudu (IPL , Mumbai Indians)



Some can argue that Rayudu’s international career was unlucky. In terms of statistics, he performed well in ODIs even though his strike rate wasn’t all that high. This is a sharp contrast from the ageless stroke maker he was when he initially arrived on the scene.

There is no doubt that his career has been nothing short of a roller coaster.

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