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'Brain Fatt Jayega, If You Play For MI' - Former Batter Confirms Toxic Environment

Mumbai are currently led by Hardik Pandya (AP Photo)Mumbai are currently led by Hardik Pandya (AP Photo)

Former Mumbai Indians blood, Ambati Rayudu is one of the biggest Indian Premier League (IPL) legends. He had a stellar career in IPL with six IPL trophies to his name. He began his playing career with the Mumbai Indians, then moved to CSK, where he eventually retired. 

At both teams, he had three IPL titles to his name. Ambati Rayudu is one player who is loved and respected by both MI and CSK fans. Rayudu, however, recently came out and criticized Mumbai for going too far in their "winning mentality."

Ambati Rayudu shared his thoughts about how MI and CSK environments works.

"If we have to talk about culture, CSK focuses more on the process. They do not analyse the results much. Their mood and mood swings are not because of the results. MI is a bit different. MI mostly wants to win, and their culture is like everything depends on winning. They have a culture of jeetna hi hai (win is a must). Winning is non-negotiable," Rayudu said on Star Sports.

Hardik Pandya made similar remarks back in 2023 during his time with Gujarat Titans. His comments bought criticism, making Mumbai Indians to have Rohit Sharma respond in a separate video.

Rayudu agrees that playing in MI improves a players career as they give the best infrastructure for a player to develop but results are expected in return. 

"Both CSK and MI have two different cultures, but at the end of the day, both work hard. I feel CSK has a much better environment. You can play there longer. If you play in MI for a long time, toh brain fatt jayega," Rayudu added.

Ambati Rayudu also commented on Rohit Sharma's treatment by Mumbai Indians. Rayudu anticipates his former captain's departure from the franchise at the end of the season.