Ambati Rayudu retires. Wait, it's not what you think

File photo of Ambati Rayudu. Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 04, 2018, 10.00 AM (IST)

Indian cricket team's Ambati Rayudu announced his retirement from the game's long-form, including the Ranji Trophy, to focus on limited-over cricket. 

With virtually no chance of playing Test cricket, Rayudu has decided to hang up his "first-class" boots. 

The 33-year-old's decision might help him prolong his white-ball career, especially now that he is back to the Indian ODI and is batting at No. 4.

Rayudu was supposed to join the Hyderabad Ranji team from the second round of matches. But on Saturday, in a letter to the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), he announced his retirement from first-class cricket. 

“I will continue to play international and domestic matches of the shorter version. And, I take this opportunity to thank the BCCI, HCA, Baroda Cricket Association and also Vidarbha Cricket Association for giving me the opportunities over the years,” he wrote in his letter.

Rayudu’s first-class career spanned 17 years after he made his debut as a 16-year-old during the 2001-02 season. He scored 6,151 runs in 97 matches including 16 hundreds. 

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