Rayudu: Virat Kohli always showed great belief in me

In a letter addressed to the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), and forwarded to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Ambati Rayudu informed that he is quitting from all forms of cricket.

Ambati Rayudu thanked Team India captain Virat Kohli for believing in him throughout his career.   -  sandeep saxena

India middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, including the IPL, on Wednesday.

In a letter addressed to the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), and forwarded to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Rayudu wrote, "Respected sir, I would like to bring to your kind notice that I have come to 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 Vidharbha."

In 55 ODIs, Rayudu scored 1694 runs with three centuries and 10 half-centuries at an average of 47.05. In the six T20Is he played, the middle-order batsman scored 42 runs. Rayudu never got a chance to represent India in Test cricket.

The 33-year-old Andhra batsman also thanked his two Indian Premier League franchises Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings for their continued support. "I would like to thank the captains I have played under, M.S. Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and especially Virat Kohli who always had shown great belief in me throughout my career with the Indian team," he wrote.

"It has been a honour and privilege to have represented our country. It has been a wonderful journey of playing the sport and learning from every up and down it brought up on for the last 25 years at various different levels. Finally I would like to thank my family and all the well-wishers who have been with me through this wonderful journey," Rayudu further added in the letter which was forwarded to BCCI acting secretary Amitabha Choudhary, Saba Karim, General Manager (Cricket Operations) and board CEO Rahul Johri.