Ambati Rayudu, India’s middle-order batsman has quit first-class cricket to focus on the shorter formats of the game. He will continue to play international and domestic matches of shorter formats, the One-dayers and T20s. By the Indian team management in preparation for the 2019 World cup Rayudu has been slotted at No. 4 in the ODI batting line-up. In the ODI series against West Indies He scored a century and a half-century. He wrote a letter to the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), that he will continue to play international and domestic matches of the shorter version. And, he thanks to the BCCI, HCA, Baroda Cricket Association and also Vidarbha Cricket Association for giving him the opportunities over the years. He was honoured to play for Hyderabad and he feels that he can never forget the kind of support he got from all those here, including his fellow players, coaches and the officials. And especially, the way he was welcomed back into the BCCI fold after the stint in the rebel ICL. For the World Cup Rayudu is currently a part of India’s ODI plans and has almost sealed his place at number 4. He has received the backing of his captain Virat Kohli and had a brilliant series against West Indies.