Ambati Rayudu, a veteran of the Chennai Super Kings and a former India ODI specialist, revealed on Sunday that the IPL championship match against the Gujarat Titans will be his final contest in the lucrative league.
Rayudu announced his retirement from domestic cricket a few years ago but then reversed his mind. Rayudu had retired from international cricket after being passed up for the 2019 World Cup in England.
After collecting 139 runs in 15 games, the 38-year-old Hyderabadi said in a tweet on Sunday that there would be no U-turn this time.
“I have decided that tonight’s final is going to be my last game in the Ipl. I truly hav enjoyed playing this great tournament. Thank u all. No u turn,” Rayudu tweeted. “204 matches, 14 seasons, 11 playoffs, 8 finals, 5 trophies. hopefully 6th tonight. It’s been quite a journey.”
Rayudu scored 1694 runs for India in 55 ODIs, averaging over 47 with three hundreds and 10 fifty-plus scores.
Having played a crucial role in the CSK setup for nearly ten years, he rose to prominence in T20 cricket.
Monday’s first Vande Bharat Express will be launched by the PM.