On Tuesday, Rayudu announced that it was time for him to take the boots off all forms of Indian cricket.
It was an emotional night that culminated in a special victory in the IPL. On that high note, I would like to announce my retirement from all forms of Indian cricket. When I picked up a cricket bat while playing tennis ball at home, I could not have imagined what a remarkable journey I would take in three decades, Rayudu wrote on his social media.
During his IPL career, Rayudu played 204 matches for Mumbai Indians and then for CSK. During that time, he scored 4,348 points. During his international career for India, Rayudu scored 1,694 runs in 55 ODI matches and also played in six T20I matches.
I consider it my greatest honor to represent my country from under 15 years old to the highest level. I still remember the day I got my first Indian cap in 2013 – a memory I will cherish forever, Rayudu wrote.
After CSK’s final win, skipper MS Dhoni praised the middle line player: The special thing about Rayudu is that he always gives 100% when he’s on the field.
In his social media post, Rayudu also mentioned the former Indian national team captain: It was a great privilege to play with captain Dhoni bhai in both CSK and Indian national team. We’ve had some great memories both on and off the field over the past two decades that will forever be in my heart.