Ambati Rayudu has taken a sudden U-turn to retire from the IPL, deleting the tweet moments after the news was made public. This is the second U-turn of the cricketer, who had previously come back from international retirement after being ruled out of the 2019 World Cup. Later, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan also clarified that Rayudu could be upset. “I spoke to him and he is not retiring. He was disappointed with his performance and that’s probably why he deleted the tweet. But he has pulled it off and he is definitely not retiring…,” Viswanathan told Sportstar.
“I am happy to announce that this will be my last IPL. I’ve had a great time playing it and being part of 2 great teams for 13 years. Would love to sincerely thank Mumbai Indians and Csk for a wonderful journey,” he tweeted. For now, the cricketer has deleted the tweet.
Following this news his former teammate Irfan Pathan also wished Rayudu to be unaware of his retreat. “Played cricket with you from our Under-19 days. Always admire your batting and the energy you give on the field. Best wishes for your future journey brother. You have done a great job and you should be proud of your achievement @RayuduAmbati.”
The 35-year-old made an impact playing for Mumbai Indians and then Chennai Super Kings. Prior to this, he was one of the cricketers to join the rebel Indian Cricket League in 2007, due to which he was ineligible to play the IPL. He was then allowed to play the league where he made his debut for Mumbai Indians in 2010. Throughout his IPL career, he scored 4,187 runs at an average of 30, where he scored one hundred and 22 fifties.
He recently became the 10th Indian batsman to reach the milestone of 4,000 runs in the Indian Premier League. Interestingly, Rayudu was not among the four players that CSK opted to retain as they went for MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Moeen Ali. However, the four-time IPL winners made a successful bid of Rs 6.75 crore to get the veteran batsman back.