India and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batter Ambati Rayudu announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday. As CSK defeated Gujarat Titans in the IPL 2023 Final on Monday, Rayudu announced that he has decided to hang up his boots. The 37-year-old announced the news through a social media post. Rayudu also gave MS Dhoni a special mention in his retirement note.
“It has been an emotional night that culminated in a special IPL win. On that high note, I would like to announce my retirement from all forms of Indian cricket. When I took up the cricket bat as a kid playing with the tennis ball at home, I didn’t imagine the wonderful journey that would follow for three decades,” wrote Rayudu in his note.
“I consider it my greatest honour to have represented my country from the Under-15 to the highest level, I still remember the day I received my India cap for the first time in 2013- it is a memory I will cherish forever.”
“It has also been a great privilege to play with captain Dhoni bhai both with CSK and Tearn India We have had some great memories over the last two decades both on and off the field, which will stay in my heart forever,” wrote Rayudu about Dhoni.
Earlier, on Monday, as CSK eclipsed Gujarat Titans to lift their fifth IPL title, Ambati Rayudu got emotional. The CSK batter said that this was a fairytale finish to his illustrious career where he is the only second player in the history of the tournament to win six IPL titles. Rayudu had tears in his eyes while speaking to Harsha Bhoglle after his team’s win. Notably, Rayudu played a very important cameo (19 off 8) in his last professional game.
“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 hardwork 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 the 37-year-old.
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