Chennai Super Kings batter
Ambati Rayudu sparked a controversy on Saturday as he took Twitter to announce that
the IPL 2022 would be his last in the tournament. However, an hour later, he
deleted the tweet. CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan later said that Rayudu would not be
retiring and will continue to play for the franchise next season as well.

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After Sunday’s defeat to
Gujarat Titans, CSK coach Stephen Fleming talked about the issue during a press
conference held after the match between CSK and Gujarat Titans, which the
former lost by seven wickets.

Rayudu was missing from the
playing XI for the match against Gujarat Titans at the Wankhede
Stadium in Mumbai.

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“It was not
disappointing, it was probably a little bit of a storm in a teacup, to be
honest. But, I think he was fine. It has not changed anything in the camp but
it is a non-story,” Fleming said during a virtual post-match press

Rayudu announced his
retirement at 12.46 PM on Saturday but the tweet was deleted almost an hour
later. It created confusion among fans about whether the ongoing edition was
truly the “last IPL” for Rayudu, as claimed by the 36-year-old in his
now-deleted Tweet.

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“He was a bit
disappointed that he was not doing well. So, he mistakenly put out that tweet.
I have explained things to him. He is not retiring. He will be with us,” CSK
CEO Kasi Viswanathan said.

CSK bought Rayudu for IPL
2022 for Rs 6.75 crore. In 12 matches this season, Rayudu has scored 271 runs
at an average of 27.10.

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Talking about the game
between CSK and SRH, the former batted first and posted 133/5 in 20 overs on a
slow wicket. Ruturaj Gaikwad top-scored for CSK with a knock of 53, while
Mohammed Shami returned with two wickets for Gujarat Titans.

Wriddhiman Saha then played
an unbeaten knock of 67 runs as Gujarat Titans chased down the total with seven
wickets in hand and five balls to spare. With this win, GT further consolidated
their top spot while CSK remain at the ninth position.