has turned a year older and is celebrating his 37th birthday today (September 23). The right-handed batsman made his India debut in the year 2013 and was in an out of the side over the next 6 six years. In 2015, Rayudu travelled to Australia for his maiden World Cup but remained on the bench.
He made his comeback on the road to the 2019 World Cup
and looked set to bat at number four in the ICC event. The selectors stunned Rayudu and the followers of the game by dropping him from the squad, and he hasn’t played for the Men in Blue since then.
Rayudu felt dejected after being snubbed and took a dig at the selection committee with his ‘3-D’ tweet. During the 2019 WC, India needed 2 replacements but there was no comeback for Rayudu. It isn’t known if his tweet was the reason behind him being ignored even after Team India
needed a second replacement.
Rayudu seemed to be hurt by the 2nd snub and announced his retirement from international cricket during the World Cup.
A month later, he took a u-turn and decided to come out of retirement. Writing to the Hyderabad Cricket Association, Rayudu mentioned that he had a lot of cricket left in him. He thanked former India cricketers VVS Laxman and Noel David and Chennai Super Kings after coming out of retirement.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank Chennai Super Kings, V.V.S.. Laxman and Noel David (HCA selection committee chairman till Vijay Hazare one-trophy next month) who have been very supportive during the tough time and are instrumental in making me realise that I have enough cricket left in me,” Rayudu wrote in his letter.
“I am looking forward to a wonderful season ahead with a very talented Hyderabad team and help the team realise it’s full potential. I will be available from September 10 to join the Hyderabad.”
In 2022, Rayudu once again announced his retirement after his below-par run in IPL 2022. On this occasion, he deleted his tweet and is set to play the upcoming domestic season. He is unlikely to be released by Chennai Super Kings and looks set to play another season for the Yellow Army next year.