Veteran CSK batter Ambati Rayudu on Saturday (May 14) grabbed the headlines for deleting his tweet, which stated that he is calling time on his IPL career.
Taking to Twitter, Rayudu wrote: “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.”
However, 36-year-old deleted the post minutes later, hinting that he has now reversed his decision.
Speaking to The Indian Express, CSK CEO Kasi Vishwanathan later confirmed that Rayudu isn’t retiring.
“He hasn’t retired. He was a bit disappointed for not having done well this season. So in a fit of (frustration), he put that on Twitter. Then I called him and told him that this was not the management’s view (that he is not contributing) and he shouldn’t do that (retire). He agreed to that. He is so attached to the franchise, he felt that he wasn’t doing well and should quit. That’s the only thing,” Viswanathan said.
Meanwhile, a CSK insider has admitted that there have been some issues in the CSK camp. In fact, some of the Chennai players told The Indian Express that the mood in the camp wasn’t good with the way the captaincy issue was handled.
Notably, Ravindra Jadeja stepped down as CSK captain after leading the franchise for 8 games this season, handing over the job back to the legendary MS Dhoni.
“In a big family, there will always be some problems. Like that we are going through slight problems, which we will come out of. We have the resources to do that,” a CSK insider told the newspaper.
Ambati Rayudu began his IPL journey with the Mumbai Indians (MI) in 2010. He was part of the Mumbai-based franchise till 2017, winning three titles with them.
Rayudu was roped in by CSK at the 2018 mega-auction and he went on to win two more IPL titles with the Yellow Army. The right-hander was bought back by the Super Kings at the IPL 2022 auction and he featured in 12 games this season, scoring 271 runs from 10 innings at a strike rate of 124.31.
(With The Indian Express inputs)