Abrupt Departure: Ambati Rayudu Parts Ways with Jagan Reddy’s Party

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Ambati Rayudu, cricketer-turned-politician, joined Andhra Pradesh’s ruling YSRCP just eight days ago. However, he has now decided to leave the party and mentioned his plans to take a break from active political involvement. Rayudu, the former Chennai Super Kings wicketkeeper-batsman, became a YSRCP member on December 28, following the launch of the 45-day sports festival ‘Adudham Andhra’ by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy. Despite being appointed as the brand ambassador for the sports festival, local reports indicate that Rayudu did not actively participate in the event. In a social media post, Rayudu stated, ‘This is to inform everyone that I have decided to quit the YSRCP Party and stay out of politics for a little while. Further action will be conveyed in due course of time.’ Before joining the YSRCP, Guntur-native Rayudu reportedly engaged in party programs and connected with party leaders in his hometown. Having retired from international cricket in June 2023, Rayudu, aged 38, expressed his inclination towards entering politics. His international cricket career includes 55 one-dayers and six T20 international matches for the Indian cricket team. Rayudu also played for Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings during his 13-year IPL career.