End of a Stellar Career: Ambati Rayudu Announces Retirement from Cricket Post IPL 2023 Triumph

Ambati Rayudu announces Retirement

Ambati Rayudu, a boy from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India made his IPL debut in 2010 and his international debut in 2013 against Zimbabwe. The 37-year-old Ambati Rayudu has called time on cricket as he announced retirement from all forms of cricket after the IPL Final on 29th May 2023. Rayudu represented Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in the IPL and won as many as six IPL titles. In this article, we will explore the cricketing journey of the talented and passionate, Ambati Rayudu. So let’s get started.

The Unfulfilled Talent

Ambati Rayudu made his professional debut at the Hyderabad Cricket Team, an Indian domestic team. Rayudu also represented India at the highest level and representing India in itself is such a big achievement. Although he did not get to play as many matches as players like Virat Kohli, Dhoni, and Rohit Sharma he still made his mark in cricket.

Ambati Rayudu left out of 2019 World Cup

 

Ambati Rayudu was almost locked in for India’s 15-man squad for the 2019 World Cup but at the last moment, he was not picked despite the fact that he scored 639 runs in 21 matches for India at an average of 42.60 from January 2018-March 2019. Many cricket experts say that, had Ambati been part of India’s 2019 World Cup squad results might have been different. Following the events Ambati Rayudu decided to take retirement from International cricket but he took his retirement back as he wanted to play domestic cricket and IPL.

Ambati Rayudu in International Cricket

Rayudu in International Cricket

 

Ambati Rayudu represented India in 61 international games, consisting of 55 ODIs and 6 T20Is. Ambati last played an international game in 2019. Ambati Rayudu announced his retirement from International cricket soon after his snub from the 2019 World Cup squad and his retirement created a lot of controversy as fans were coming up with various different speculations, as some thought he was dropped from the squad because Kohli didn’t liked him or maybe he did something which made BCCI upset.

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Ambati Rayudu in One Day Internationals
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Ambati Rayudu in T20 Internationals

Ambati Rayudu IPL Retirement

Ambati Rayudu had an illustrious IPL career spanning 14 seasons, starting in 2010 and culminating in 2023. During the years 2010-2017, he showcased his skills as a player for the Mumbai Indians, winning three IPL trophies with the team. From 2018-2023, Rayudu donned the jersey of the Chennai Super Kings, adding three more IPL titles to his remarkable record. Rayudu bid adieu to the IPL through a heartfelt tweet, where he announced that the final match of the tournament would mark his last appearance. Expressing his fondness for the tournament, he stated, “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 have enjoyed playing this great tournament. Thank you all. No u-turn.”

Ambati Rayudu IPL retirement Tweet

 

Rayudu played a total of 204 IPL matches, let’s take a look at his performances in those 204 games.

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Ambati Rayudu in IPL

After winning the IPL 2023 Final, Rayudu could be seen having tears as it is not easy to say goodbye sometimes but all good things must come to an end. Rayudu’s departure from the game couldn’t have been more fitting. Dhoni also invited Rayudu to receive the trophy, as a tribute for his services to CSK and Indian cricket. Additionally, Rayudu took to his social media platforms and shared a heartfelt letter expressing gratitude to all those who supported him throughout his journey, while also sharing his emotions with the fans.

Dhoni invites Rayudu to receive the trophy

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