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Rayudu to captain Hyderabad after retirement U-turn

Ambati Rayudu, who had retracted his retirement two weeks earlier, has been appointed Hyderabad's skipper for the forthcoming 50-over competition Vijay Hazare Trophy.

The 33-year-old had retired from all forms of cricket midway through the World Cup after being ignored for selection in India's squad.

The decision to pick Mayank Agarwal as a replacement for the injured Vijay Shankar prompted Rayudu to call it quits.

However, the middle-order batsman changed his mind and came out of retirement to make himself available for selection for Hyderabad in India's domestic circuit.

He sent an email to Hyderabad Cricket Association and intimated his intentions to continue playing cricket.

He admitted the decision to retire was reached in haste and confirmed his priority was to groom the younger crop of players.

Rayudu was a regular in India's ODI set-up last year as he filled in the vacant No. 4 slot in the batting line-up.

He then struggled for form in the home series defeat to Australia ahead of the World Cup, eventually paving the way for Shankar's inclusion in the team.

In response to the selectors justifying Shankar's selection over Rayudu for his 'three-dimensional abilities', he cheekily tweeted: "Just ordered a new set of 3D glasses to watch the World Cup."

Rayudu will be taking over the captaincy duties from Akshath Reddy as the tournament is scheduled to start from September 24.

Hyderabad were semi-finalists in the previous edition of the Vijay Hazare Trophy under Rayudu's leadership and lost to Mumbai in the knockout match.

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