For a while early on Saturday afternoon, Ambati Rayudu created a flutter on social media with the news that he is withdrawing from the Indian Premier League at the end of this season. A short while later, he had deleted his tweet.
Chennai Super Kings players tweeted, “I’m happy to announce that this will be my last ipl. I’ve had a wonderful time playing it and been part of two fantastic teams for 13 years. Would love to sincerely thank Mumbai Indians and Csk for the wonderful journey … “
But CSK’s CEO KS Viswanathan talked to the player and made him take back the decision.
Viswanathan told me Hindus“he was frustrated with his form and the fact that the team did not have a good season either, he put it in an impulse. When I found out, we talked to him and assured him that we have full confidence in his abilities.”
Rayudu has made 271 runs from 12 matches for CSK, a team he joined in 2018 and was part of in the title-winning editions in 2018 and 2021.
In the IPL auctions held in February, CSK paid out Rs. 6.75 crore to get back the middle-class batter who played a key role in the team’s success in 2018.
“We are not a team that only works on one year’s performance. Everyone can have a bad season. He is a key player for us and we told him how important he was to us and he later deleted the tweet. There is no doubt that he will continue to play next year as well, Viswanathan added.
This is not the first time Rayudu has withdrawn a retirement announcement. In 2019, after being suspended for the World Cup squad, the Hyderabad striker announced that he would quit all game formats before deciding to play in domestic cricket and the IPL.
The Jadeja question
Apart from the lack of success on the pitch this year, CSK has also had problems off the pitch with Ravindra Jadeja being announced as captain on the eve of the first match of the tournament before leaving his post after just eight matches.
After picking up an injury during the match against RCB, Jadeja left the team bubble last week and there were rumors of a quarrel with the team management.
However, Viswanathan denied the rumors and was convinced that Jadeja would be back next year.
“He would not play the matches due to injury and that is why he left. The players are all connected to the team and when the results do not go as they should, it is natural to be affected by it and he has chosen to take a break. There are no problems, says CSK’s CEO.