Ambati Rayudu of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) declared his retirement from the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Saturday, however he then removed the post.
“I am pleased to say that this will be my final IPL appearance. “I’ve had a terrific experience playing it and being a member of two great teams for the past 13 years,” Rayudu tweeted.
“I’d want to express my gratitude to the Mumbai Indians and CSK for a fantastic voyage.”
This isn’t the first time Rayudu has made an outlandish retirement announcement. He declared his retirement after not being selected for the 2019 ODI World Cup, but then changed his mind and returned to play in the IPL.
In 2018, Rayudu retired from first-class cricket to focus on the shorter format. And the plan seemed to be working as he made it to the India ODI team that was searching for a No. 4. Even that wasn’t easy, though — he made the cut after clearing the yo-yo fitness test on the second attempt.
Rayudu’s consistency had even prompted India captain Virat Kohli to say India had found their No. 4 for the World Cup. However, the team ended up going with Vijay Shankar, the Tamil Nadu allrounder who was described by chief selector M S K Prasad as a “three-dimensional” cricketer. Soon enough, Rayudu posted a tweet: “Just ordered a new set of 3D glasses to watch the world cup”.