IPL 2022: Ambati Rayudu announces IPL withdrawal tweet and deletes within minutes
Ambati Rayudu previously announced his retirement on Twitter, saying that this would be his last IPL.
Chennai Super Kings star batter Ambati Rayudu has announced he will be retiring from the Indian Premier League after the 2022 season. Known for his middle-class adventures, the Hyderabad cricketer has been a pillar of CSK for quite some time and is an acclaimed cricketer in the home line-up.
Ambati Rayudu made a sudden about-face regarding his retirement from IPL, deleting the tweet shortly after the news was published. This marks a second such U-turn from the cricketer, who previously came out of international retirement after being exclusion from the 2019 World Cup.
Later, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan also clarified that Rayudu might be upset. "I spoke to him and he's not retiring. He was disappointed with his performance and may have posted this tweet as a result. But he deleted it and he's definitely not retiring..." Viswanathan told Sportstar.
“I am pleased to announce that this will be my last IPL. I had a wonderful time playing it and being part of 2 great teams for 13 years. I want to sincerely thank Mumbai Indians and CSK for the wonderful trip," he tweeted. The tweet has now been deleted by the cricketer.
After this news, even his former teammate Irfan Pathan wished he didn't know that Rayudu backed down. “Played cricket with you since we were U-19. Always admire your shot and the energy you put on the field. Wish you the best of luck in your journey forward brother. You did very well and should be proud of your achievement @RayuduAmbati.
The 35-year-old made an impression while playing for the Mumbai Indians and then the Chennai Super kings. He was previously among the cricketers who joined the rebel Indian Cricket League in 2007, which made him ineligible to play the IPL. He was then allowed to play in the league, where he made his debut for the Mumbai Indians in 2010. Throughout his IPL career, he completed 4,187 runs averaging 30 while scoring 122 points.
He recently became the tenth Indian forward to reach the 4,000-run milestone in the Indian Premier League. Interestingly, Rayudu wasn't among the four players CSK wanted to keep when they chose MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Gaiwkad and Moeen. However, the four-time IPL winners placed a winning bid of Rs 6.75 crore for the veterans to get him back.