Hyderabad: After announcing retirement from all forms of cricket, former India middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu, on Friday, said he is open to playing national cricket as well as in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Rayudu had earlier announced retirement from all forms of cricket after Indian selectors overlooked him for the World Cup 2019, although he was on standby list.
Rayadu speaking to a leading sports website said, “Not really an emotional decision. No. I mean I had worked a lot for the World Cup for four to five years. Obviously, you will be a bit disappointed.”
“But I had thought maybe it was time, not because it was rejection or emotion, but you work towards something and maybe then you want something else. I had some time to think about this, so thought might as well come and play some cricket,” Rayudu was quoted saying.
On his comeback, the 33-year-old player said, "I haven’t thought much but I would prepare well to come back to white-ball cricket as soon as possible. I love the game, obviously. See ambition and targets are one thing but it still is the game I love. It is about playing cricket.”
“So, I thought why not take it forward? Nothing like a target or anything. But my first priority would be to get fully fit. I have not played cricket for a while now and it would take me maybe a month and a half to get fully fit.”
Rayadu said he is yet to send formal letters to the BCCI.
On Friday's league match at the IIT-Chemplast Ground, was in a fine shape as he slammed 47 strokes off 56 deliveries.
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