Ambati Rayudu, a middle-order batsman for Chennai Super Kings, remarked on Monday that his cricket career had a “fairytale finish” and that he can afford to grin for the rest of his life.
Just before the IPL championship game against the Gujarat Titans, Rayudu announced his intention to retire from the sport. He claimed that his 30 years of arduous effort had reaped bountiful rewards.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better fairytale ending. I’m fortunate to have played in some really great sides. I can smile for the rest of my life. After all the hard work I’ve put in over the past 30 years, I’m glad I got to finish on this note.”
After CSK defeated Gujarat Titans by five wickets in the IPL championship game, Rayudu said, “I would really like to thank my family and my father because without them this wouldn’t have been possible.”
CSK all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja dedicated the victory to captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who likely played his final IPL match on Monday and smashed a six and a four in the final two balls to secure the team’s fifth championship, tying the previous record.
“I’m from Gujarat, and it’s a special feeling to win my fifth title in front of my home crowd. This crowd has been amazing. They were waiting for the rain to stop until late at night. I’d like to say a big congratulations to the CSK fans who came to support us.”
He remarked, “I’d like to dedicate this victory to MS Dhoni, a special part of the CSK side.
I was backing myself and looking to strike straight because I know Mohit can bowl those slower balls, Jadeja continued. “I was just thinking I need to swing hard, as much as I can. Where the ball will go, I was not thinking about that, just looking to swing hard.”