ICC 2019 World Cup: Ambati Rayudu takes a cheeky dig at the chief selector
What's the story?
In case you didn't know...
Vijay Shankar was picked ahead of Ambati Rayudu in the World Cup squad. Ambati Rayudu struggled against Australia in both away and home ODI series. On the other hand, Vijay Shankar was made a good impression in the recently concluded series against New Zealand and Australia.
The heart of the matter
Indian team seemed to have been grooming Ambati Rayudu to play at no.4 position in the World Cup. While his exclusion from the team came as a surprise for few, India's chief selector MSK Prasad explained the decision. Prasad pointed out that Rayudu got his fair share of chances after 2017 Champions Trophy but he failed to utilize them.
"After the Champions Trophy in 2017, we tried quite a few people in that position. We did give a few more chances to Rayudu. Vijay Shankar is three dimensional. We are looking at him at no. 4 to begin with," MSK Prasad said as quoted by India Today
It is clear that selectors thought that Vijay Shankar's all-round ability makes him more useful for the team. Ambati Rayudu does not seem to have taken this decision well as he tweeted to take a dig on the decision. He wrote that he had ordered a set of 3D glasses to watch the World Cup. This tweet seems to be a reply to the comment made by Prasad who pointed out that Shankar is a three-dimensional cricketer.
Let us look at the tweet of Ambati Rayudu
Every cricketer dreams of representing their country in the World Cup. So it is not surprising that Rayudu is hurt by his exclusion.
The Indian team play their first game in the World Cup against South Africa on June 5th.