Ambati Rayudu with CSK teammates
Ambati Rayudu announced retirement ahead of IPL 16 final

Chennai Super Kings will face Gujarat Titans at the Narendra Modi Stadium for the all-important final on May 28.

Hours before the mega-clash, CSK legend Ambati Rayudu announced his retirement from IPL. The 37-year-old, who has had a dismal season this year with the bat, revealed that he would hang his boots after the final against Gujarat Titans.

Rayudu took to Twitter and wrote, “2 great teams mi and csk,204 matches,14 seasons,11 playoffs,8 finals,5 trophies. hopefully 6th tonight. 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 u all. No u turn.”

The right-hand batter, who made his IPL debut in 2010 with Mumbai Indians, has been associated with the Men in Yellow since 2018 and won two IPL trophies with CSK in 2018, 2021.

In his 14 seasons in the cash-studded league, Rayudu has played 203 games and scored 4329 runs with the help of a century and 22 fifties. For CSK, Ambati scored 602 runs in his debut season in 2018. However, this year, Rayudu has amassed just 139 runs in 15 games, at an average of 15.44, producing his worst-ever season.

Overall, Rayudu will go down in history as one of the most decorated players in the IPL, with five IPL trophies (3 with MI and 2 with CSK). The 37-year-old would look to add another title to his tally.

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