An hour later the Chennai Super Kings cricketer deleted the tweet. This retraction by the cricketer created a lot of confusion among the fans.
“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, ” tweeted Rayudu.
After this, a CSK official spoke to ANI and denied the news of Rayudu’s retirement.
This is not the first time Rayudu has announced his retirement. When he was not picked for the 2019 ODI world cup, he had announced his retirement but reversed the decision and came back to play in the IPL.
His tweet on Saturday confused everyone and led to speculation whether the ongoing edition was truly the “last IPL” for Rayudu. In 12 matches in the season so far Rayudu has not been in the best of form scoring 271 runs at an average of 27.10.
Responding to Rayudu’s tweet former India pacer Irfan Pathan tweeted: “Played cricket with you since our u-19 days. Always admire your batting and the energy you give on the field. Wish you well for your journey ahead brother. You have done very well and should be proud of your achievement @RayuduAmbati.”
In 55 ODIs Rayudu has scored 1694 runs including three centuries at an average of 47.05 and he has scored 42 runs in six T20 Internationals.
It must be noted that Ambati Rayudu has not posted an update on Twitter after 21 July 2020.
“I spoke to him and he is not retiring. He was disappointed with his performance and that’s why he might have put out that tweet. But he has deleted it and he is definitely not retiring…,” Viswanathan told Sportstar.
“He was just not happy with his performance and maybe that’s why he tweeted. But everything is fine, we have had a word and he will be with us,” Viswanathan added.
(With inputs from ANI).
first published:May 14, 2022, 5:26 p.m.