Cricketer Ambati Rayudu met Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan at the party office in Vijayawada on Wednesday, after quitting Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSRCP a few days ago.
Making the announcement, Rayudu had said he wanted to stay out of politics ‘for a little while’. “This is to inform everyone that I have decided to quit the YSRCP Party and stay out of politics for a little while,” he had posted on X.
On Wednesday, he said in a detailed statement that his ideology doesn’t match with Jagan Reddy’s YSRCP and added that after meeting Pawan Kalyan, he found that they have similar viewpoints.
— ATR (@RayuduAmbati) January 10, 2024
Last year, Rayudu had announced that the 2023 Indian Premier League final would be his last appearance in the league as a player. In a topsy turvy final against the Gujarat Titans, the Chennai Super Kings batter nailed 19 runs off eight deliveries, a cameo that eventually helped CSK win their fifth IPL title.
“It has been an emotional night that culminated in a special IPL win. On that high note, I would like to announce my retirement from all forms of Indian cricket. When I took up the cricket bat as a kid playing with the tennis ball at home, I didn’t imagine the wonderful journey that would follow for three decades,” Rayudu posted on his social media.
Rayudu’s IPL career featured him in 204 games for Mumbai Indians and then the CSK. During the same, he’d score 4348 runs. Across his international career for India, Rayudu scored 1694 runs in 55 ODI appearances aside from playing six T20Is as well.
“I consider it my greatest honor to have represented my country from the Under-15 to the highest level. I still remember the day I received my India cap for the first time in 2013 – it is a memory I will cherish forever,” Rayudu wrote.