Ambati Rayudu Retirement: CSK Batter Announced IPL Retirement, 2022 Edition to be his Last

Ambati Rayudu
Ambati Rayudu

Chennai Super Kings batsman Ambati Rayudu announced that he would retire from IPL post this season(IPL 2022). Rayudu set to bring down curtains on his 13-year-long career where he played for 2 great teams – Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.

Ambati Rayudu Announced IPL Retirement 

The ongoing 2022 edition of the T20 league will be his last. Ambati Rayudu on his Twitter page posted: 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”.

Rayudu started his career in the IPL with Mumbai Indians in 2010. He featured for the franchise till 2017. In the 2018 mega auction, he was roped in by Chennai Super Kings for INR 6.75 crore. The veteran batter has since been a part of CSK.

As far as his record in IPL goes, Rayudu has been one of the most consistent performers over the years. He has played a total of 187 matches in the league, scoring 4187 runs at an average of 29.28.

Even this year, Rayudu has been among the top run-getters for the Super Kings. Though the franchise is already out of the playoffs race, Rayudu’s efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. He has 271 runs this season in 12 matches at an average of 27.10.

Ambati Rayudu – IPL Batting Stats

Year Mat Runs HS Avg SR 100 50 4s 6s
Career 187 4187 100* 29.28 127.26 1 22 349 164
2022 12 271 78 27.1 124.31 0 1 25 15
2021 16 257 72* 28.55 151.17 0 2 16 17
2020 12 359 71 39.88 127.3 0 1 30 12
2019 17 282 57 23.5 93.06 0 1 20 7
2018 16 602 100* 43 149.75 1 3 53 34
2017 5 91 63 18.2 116.66 0 1 7 3
2016 13 334 65 30.36 120.14 0 2 28 12
2015 15 281 53* 31.22 145.59 0 1 18 16
2014 15 361 68 25.78 125.78 0 2 31 8
2013 19 265 37 18.92 114.71 0 0 22 4
2012 17 333 81* 37 132.14 0 2 21 14
2011 16 395 63* 28.21 112.85 0 4 44 9
2010 14 356 55* 27.38 144.71 0 2 34 13

Top 3 Knocks of Ambati Rayudu in IPL 

81* (54) – MI vs RCB in IPL 2012

While playing for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2012, Rayudu scored his season-best in the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Winning the toss, Mumbai Indians elected to field. RCB opener Tillakaratne Dilshan was giving the MI bowlers a hard time, but once he fell, none of the RCB batsmen held their ground except for Mayank Agarwal down the order. Agarwal’s 64* (30) helped power RCB to 171/6.

In response, MI were 44/4, when Ambati Rayudu walked in. He thrashed them all over the ground and scored an unbeaten 81 off 54 deliveries, laced with six boundaries and four maximums.

With Pollard’s aggressive strike at the death, MI crossed the line with two balls and five wickets to spare. Rayudu was rightfully adjudged Player of the Match for his brilliance with the bat.

Ambati Rayudu
Ambati Rayudu

100* (62) – CSK vs SRH in IPL 2018

Ambati Rayudu scored 602 runs in IPL 2018 and his career-best knock came in the 46th match of IPL 2018 when CSK met SunRisers Hyderabad for the second time that season.

CSK put SRH in to bat and despite losing a wicket early on, Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson put up a 123-run stand. With Deepak Hooda’s finish in the end, SRH posted a target of 180 for the Men in Yellow.

In response, CSK openers Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson came at the Orange Army all guns blazing and weaved a partnership of 134 runs before Watson was dismissed.

Rayudu kept going, the right-hander scoring an unbeaten century in 62 balls including seven fours and seven sixes. With the help of the great MS Dhoni, CSK won the game with an over and eight wickets to spare.

Ambati Rayudu
Ambati Rayudu

78 (39) – CSK vs PBKS in IPL 2022

In the 38th clash of the ongoing IPL 2022, Rayudu scored his season’s best thus far but couldn’t help his IPL team home. Batting first, the Punjab Kings, with the help of Shikhar Dhawan and Bhanuka Rajapaksa, registered a total of 187/4 in 20 overs.

When it was CSK’s turn to bat, they found themselves floundering at 40/3. Rayudu came in further down the order than usual but his knock gave hope to the CSK camp. Rayudu scored 78 (39), with seven boundaries and six sixes to his name, before being felled by a brilliant delivery from Kagiso Rabada.

The batsmen that followed couldn’t complete the job and CSK fell short of the target by 11 runs. However, this knock by Rayudu proved to the cricketing fraternity and the world that he still has it and can deliver when required.