‘I spoke to him and…’: CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan on why Ambati Rayudu posted but later deleted IPL retirement tweet

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) star Ambati Rayudu took to Twitter on Saturday to announce that the current 2022 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be his last. The Indian veteran also thanked the Mumbai Indians and CSK in their tweet. But a few moments later, he deleted the tweet. Franchise CEO Kasi Viswanathan opened up about why Rayudu posted a retirement tweet and later deleted it. (Follow IPL 2022 full coverage)

“I talked to him and he is not retiring. He was disappointed with his performance and that is why he may have posted that tweet. But he has deleted it and he is definitely not retiring …”, said Viswanathan to Sportstar.

Just a day before CSK’s penultimate match this season, against Gujarat Titans, Rayudu had taken to Twitter and said: “I’m happy to announce that this will be my last ipl. I’ve had a wonderful time playing it and be part of 2 great teams for 13 years. Would love to sincerely thank the Mumbai Indians and Csk for the wonderful trip … “

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And even though the 36-year-old later deleted the tweet, veteran players, former teammates and fans had begun to congratulate him on his wonderful career.

“He was simply not happy with his performance and maybe that’s why he tweeted. But everything is fine, we’ve had a word and he will be with us,” Viswanathan added.

Rayudu began his IPL career with the Mumbai Indians back in 2010. In 105 rounds for the franchise over eight seasons, Rayudu made 2416 runs at 27.1 with 14 points over a half-century. In 2018, he was taken in by the Chennai Super Kings at the mega auction for SEK 6.75 million. In 67 rounds for the franchise, Rayudu made 1770 runs at 32.2 with eight fifties and a century.

Earlier in 2019, after missing the ODI World Cup squad, Rayudu had announced his resignation on Twitter but returned later to play for Hyderabad.

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