Indian cricketer Ambati Rayudu has announced his decision to enter politics in his home state of Andhra Pradesh, following his retirement from the Indian Premier League. Rayudu, a key player for the Chennai Super Kings, made his last appearance in the IPL 2023 final against Gujarat Titans. He intends to use his political career to serve the people of Andhra Pradesh.

In preparation for this new career path, Rayudu has been touring his native Guntur district to gain a grassroots understanding of the problems and needs of the common people. He has expressed his intent to devise a concrete action plan based on this exploration and the problems he identifies, which he will then use to guide his political work.

While Rayudu hasn’t yet disclosed his political leanings or the platform he will choose to align with, he has shown an inclination towards the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) of Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy, and there are speculations about his potential affiliation with the party. His recent meeting with the Chief Minister, and his social media comments praising the Chief Minister, have fueled these speculations. However, Rayudu emphasized that his choice of platform would only be determined after thoroughly touring every village and town in Guntur.

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In addition to this, there are reports of former Indian cricket captain Mohammed Azharuddin, who is associated with the Congress party, backing Rayudu’s political ambitions. Azharuddin has reportedly expressed confidence in Rayudu’s ability to win the election, if he were to be nominated by the Congress party in an urban constituency near Hyderabad.

Rayudu’s plans also suggest that he aims to remain connected with the world of cricket, as he is set to participate in the inaugural Major League Cricket in the United States, representing the Texas Super Kings, a franchise owned by the Chennai Super Kings.

It’s noteworthy that Rayudu’s decision to enter politics after a successful cricketing career reflects a broader trend of sports personalities transitioning into politics, leveraging their popularity and influence to address social and public issues.