Ambati Rayudu, a former cricketer for India, officially became a member of the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) Today. The induction ceremony, held at the Chief Minister’s office in Vijayawada, was graced by the presence of Andhra Pradesh’s Chief Minister, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
The welcoming committee for Rayudu included Deputy CM Narayana Swamy and MP Peddireddy Mithun Reddy, alongside Jagan Mohan Reddy. The event was commemorated with a video shared on the official X (previously known as Twitter) account of YSRCP.
The YSRCP’s tweet read, “Esteemed Indian cricketer Ambati Tirupati Rayudu has joined the YSR Congress Party, witnessed by Chief Minister Shri YS Jagan at the CM Camp office. Deputy CM Narayana Swamy and MP Peddireddy Mithun Reddy were also present at the event.”
Post the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) season, Rayudu announced his retirement from all cricket forms. His cricket career includes representing Andhra Pradesh and Hyderabad in domestic matches. He is also known as a former specialist in India’s One Day International (ODI) team, having retired from international cricket after missing out on the 2019 World Cup in England.
Rayudu declared his political ambitions in Andhra Pradesh a month after retiring from cricket. He expressed his intent to serve the people and planned to tour various parts of the district to understand the local issues and sentiments. This announcement was made during his visit to Mutluru village in June.
There were rumors that Rayudu might run for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections from either the Guntur or Machilipatnam parliamentary constituency in Andhra Pradesh. However, Rayudu has refuted these speculations.