CSK batter Ambati Rayudu has made a significant announcement, revealing that he will retire from the Indian Premier League (IPL) after the final match between Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans on May 28, 2023. The 37-year-old has enjoyed a remarkable 14-season career in the IPL, making his debut in 2010 for the Mumbai Indians.
Throughout his impressive journey spanning 13 years, Rayudu has represented two of the most successful IPL franchises, namely Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. After his stint with MI from 2010 to 2017, he joined CSK in 2018. Rayudu has an exceptional record, securing five IPL titles throughout his career, with three triumphs with MI and two with CSK.
Taking to Twitter, the Andhra Pradesh-born batsman shared the news of his retirement, expressing gratitude to his fans for their unwavering support. He tweeted, “2 great teams mi and csk,204 matches,14 seasons,11 playoffs,8 finals,5 trophies.hopefully 6th tonight. It’s been quite a journey. I have decided that tonight’s final is going to be my last game in the IPL. I truly have enjoyed playing this great tournament. Thank u all. No u turn 😂🙏.”
In the ongoing season, Rayudu has not had a standout performance, amassing only 139 runs in 11 innings at an average of 15.44 and a strike rate of 132.38. However, he burst onto the scene in the 2010 season, making a strong impression by scoring 356 runs in 14 matches, including two fifties.
Rayudu’s most exceptional season came in 2018 when he represented CSK. He showcased his talent by amassing 602 runs in 16 innings, boasting an average of 43 and a strike rate of 149.75, including one century and three fifties. Throughout his IPL career, spanning 203 matches, Rayudu has accumulated 4329 runs at an average of 28.29, featuring one century and 22 fifties.
As Rayudu prepares for his final IPL match, he aims to make a valuable contribution with the bat for CSK, assisting them in their pursuit of their fifth IPL title and his sixth overall.