Ambati Rayudu has announced his retirement from Indian Premier League and there shall be “no u turn” this time around. Chennai Super Kings’ final against Gujarat Titans on Monday (May 29) will be his last IPL game.
The right-hander from Andhra Pradesh made his IPL debut in 2010 and went on to win five titles, which could go up to six tonight. In his 13-year IPL career, Rayudu played for only two franchises - Mumbai Indians and CSK. In 202 games, he slammed 4329 runs at an average of 28.11 and a strike rate of 127.29, studded with one century and 22 fifties.
Rayudu was with Mumbai for eight seasons before moving to Chennai in 2018, which turned out to be his most successful season. In that edition, the right-hander smashed 602 runs at an average of 43 and a strike rate of 149.8 and played a massive role in CSK winning the title in their comeback year.
Rayudu, however, has struggled big time in the ongoing edition. The 37-year-old has played a couple of crucial cameos but averages just 15.44, which is his worst in an IPL season. The last year wasn't great either for the batter and he even announced his retirement mid-way through the season, only to backtrack from his statement a couple of hours later.