Ahead of the final, Rayudu announced his retirement from the cash-rich league.
IPL Final 2023 | CSK vs GT: Chennai Super Kings beat Gujarat Titans to claim fifth title
The mid-level hitter said his hard work over the past 30 years has paid off.
“It’s a fairy tale ending. I couldn’t have asked for more. I’m lucky to have played in very good teams. I can smile for the rest of my life. All the hard work that I’ve accomplished over the past 30 years, I’m glad I finished on this note,” Rayudu said after the final.
“I would really like to thank my family, my father. Without them, this would not have been possible.”
CSK chased the revised target of 171 in 15 overs, after rain stopped play in the first over of their chase, after GT’s 214/4.
Ravindra Jadeja provided a grandstand finish, hitting a six and a four with 10 needed on the final two balls, to stun Gujarat Titans as CSK won the thriller by five wickets (DLS method) at Narendra Modi Stadium.
(With contributions from the agency)