Chennai Super Kings’ star batsman Ambati Rayudu has said that he will be retiring from the Indian Premier League after the 2022 season. The Hyderabad cricketer, famous for his middle order exploits, has been the pillar for CSK for several years, and is an acclaimed cricketer in the domestic set-up. Rayudu, who is currently 36, is well known for his belligerent knocks for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.
“I am happy to announce that this will be my last ipl. I have had a wonderful time playing it and being a part of 2 great teams for 13 years. Would love to sincerely thank Mumbai Indians and Csk for the wonderful journey,” he tweeted.
In the current season of the tournament, the right hander has scored 271 runs at a strike-rate of 124 and has been seen struggling for fitness. He was seen panting after his 78 run innings against Punjab Kings that prompted the commentators to say that he is going to hurt CSK’s momentum. Coach Stephen Fleming had later clarified that Rayudu was struggling with an injury in his forearm, which could potentially have been very bad for him due to the attacking nature of his game.
He recently became the 10th Indian batter to reach the milestone of 4,000 runs in Indian Premier League. Interestingly, Rayudu wasn’t among the four players CSK opted to retain as they went for MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Gaiwkad and Moeen. However, the four-time IPL winners placed a successful bid of Rs 6.75 crore for the veteran batter to get him back.