IPL 2022 | Ambati Rayudu backtracks after announcing “IPL retirement”

On Saturday morning, 36-year-old Ambati Rayudu went to twitter to announce his decision

On Saturday morning, 36-year-old Ambati Rayudu went to twitter to announce his decision

The unrest in the Chennai Super King’s camp came to the fore once again after senior striker Ambati Rayudu announced his “IPL retirement” on social media, only to back down within an hour of being ousted by team management.

CSK is already out of the playoffs with a couple of matches left, but already before the skipper Ravindra Jadeja has gone home with a “broken rib” but not before he added fuel to the speculation that he has had a fall-out with the lead after being told to resign the captaincy.

On Saturday morning, the 36-year-old former white ball player from India went to twitter to announce his decision.

“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 the Mumbai Indians and CSK for the wonderful trip , “Rayudu had tweeted.

But within an hour, the post was deleted as CSK owners and team management were completely unaware of Rayudu’s decision, which also raised questions about the communication channel in one of the most successful teams in IPL history.

“I can confirm that Ambati Rayudu is not retiring from the IPL. Yes, he tweeted about it. Maybe it was in an emotional state he tweeted. He has talked to and then deleted the tweet,” CSK’s CEO Kasi Viswanathan told PTI.

This is not the first time Rayudu has made a complete U-turn from his retirement decision. He made news after his “3-dimensional” tweet directed at India voter MSK Prasad in the background of his exclusion from the 2019 World Cup squad.

Rayudu then withdrew from international cricket in July of that year only to have his decision overturned.

During his more than a decade of IPL career, Rayudu, an IPL legend, represented two franchisees. He was first picked up by Mumbai Indians in 2010 after being granted amenity by the BCCI to return to the mainstream after his visit to the infamous Indian Cricket League in 2007 and stayed there until 2017.

Rayudu is one of the most successful players in the IPL as he has been part of the title-winning side on five occasions (2013, 2015, 2017 with the Mumbai Indians and 2018, 2021 with the Chennai Super Kings).

Throughout his IPL career, Rayudu, 36, accounted for 4,187 runs with an average of 29.28, making a century and 22 fifties.

Hyderabad’s middle-order batter is also the tenth Indian to reach the milestone with 4,000 runs in the IPL.

During the current IPL season, Rayudu has made 271 runs with a strike rate of 124 but has often been seen fighting for fitness on the ground.

In the most recent IPL in the United Arab Emirates, Rayudu got 257 runs from 13 innings with a tournament best of 72 not out. He was retained by CSK but later the four-time champions successfully took his for Rs 6.75 million.

Rayudu played 55 ODIs and six T20Is for India and collected 1694 and 42 runs respectively. His best score in ODIs is 124 not against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club 2015.

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