Chennai Super Kings batter Ambati Rayudu confirmed on Sunday that he will retire from the Indian Premier League after the final match of this season against Gujarat Titans in Ahmedabad.
"2 great teams mi nd csk,204 matches,14 seasons,11 playoffs,8 finals,5 trophies.hopefully 6th tonight.
"It’s been quite a journey.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 just over an hour before the CSK vs GT final.
Rayudu's tweet was a joke on himself as he had previously announced his retirement from IPL last year as well while playing for CSK.
The 37-year-old had posted a tweet saying, "I am happy to announce that this will be by 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".
But he deleted the post minutes later.
Rayudu's IPL journey so far: 5 titles, 4329 runs
Rayudu has been a part of the IPL since 2010, representing MI and CSK. He was at Mumbai Indians from 2010 to 2017, winning three titles under Rohit Sharma in 2013, 2015 and 2017, before he shifted to Chennai where he won the trophy two more times in 2018 and 2021.
Rayudu will once again have the chance to lay his hands on the trophy if CSK manage to defeat the defending champions GT at the Narendra Modi Stadium tonight.
Rayudu has so far played 203 matches in the IPL, scoring 4329 runs at an average of over 28 with one hundred and 22 half-centuries. He is the 12th-highest run-scorer in the IPL.
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