Veteran batter Ambati Rayudu has announced his retirement happily from Indian Premier League (IPL) with another title. On Tuesday night, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat Gujarat Titans (GT) by 5 wickets to become the joint-most successful franchise in tournament history. Thus, Rayudu ended his IPL career with six titles to his name – 3 each for CSK and MI as well.
However, Rayudu had already announced that the IPL 2023 final against GT will be his last game. In a tweet posted on Sunday evening, he also shared that there won’t be any ‘U-turn’ for him after making the decision as well. But the rain in Ahmedabad played the spoilsport as the IPL 2023 final was earlier scheduled to take place on Sunday but it eventually moved to Monday as well where Ravindra Jadeja sealed the deal. Meanwhile, MS Dhoni called up Rayudu on the stage and asked him to lift the trophy along with the star Ravindra Jadeja. The IPL shared the video of the moment on its official Twitter handle which store the limelight.
“It’s a fairytale finish and I couldn’t have asked for more. It’s unbelievable, really fortunate to have played in some great sides. This win is something I will remember for the rest of my life, for all the hard work in the last 30 years, happy that it finished on this note. I would like to take this moment to thank my family and thank my father, without him I wouldn’t have been here today,” said Ambati Rayudu after playing his final knock for CSK.
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‘The special thing about Rayudu is he will always give his 100% when he is on his field. But with him in the team, I will never win the Fairplay Award. He always wants to contribute and he has been a fantastic cricketer. I’ve been playing with him for a long time, since the India A tours. He’s a player who can play spin and pace equally well. It is something really special. I felt he would do something really special, I’m really happy for him. This game will be one he will remember,” MS Dhoni said after the game.