The MSK Prasad-led selection panel finally unveiled the biggest announcement of the summer on Monday (April 15), stating India's 15-member squad for the upcoming 2019 World Cup. There were many surprising decisions taken by the national selectors in the long meeting and the most astonishing selection was of Vijay Shankar ahead of Ambati Rayudu.
The Hyderabad batter was certain to be picked as the number four for mega event as the selectors and the team management were showing a lot of faith in him since the 2018 Asia Cup. But as time passed on, runs and form changed ways with Rayudu and that eventually turned out to be the reason for his exclusion.
Rayudu comes up with a 3D dig
Vijay Shankar played some eye-catching knocks in the recent home series against Australia and New Zealand, which in turn resulted in him being the fitting choice for the much-debated number four slot for the World Cup. Earlier during the squad announcement, MSK Prasad confirmed Shankar for the number four position and reckoned that the Tamil Nadu all-rounder is a three dimensional player.
"After the Champions Trophy (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. We also have Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav. It's not that anything that went against [Rayudu], it's that a few things went for [Shankar]," quoted MSK Prasad.
After that instance, the world was waiting for Rayudu's reaction on his World Cup snub and the man came up with a sarcastic message on Twitter on Tuesday. He indirectly took a jibe against MSK Prasad's three dimensional comments on Shankar.
“Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup,” Ambati Rayudu’s tweet read.
Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup ????????..— Ambati Rayudu (@RayuduAmbati) April 16, 2019
Rayudu’s intrusive case
After a magnificent run in IPL 2018, Ambati Rayudu was recalled into the national team for the 2018 Asia Cup. He contributed with some significant performances in the 50-overs tournament and was then part of the Indian team in the ODI series against Windies, Australia and New Zealand. He played a couple of sensational knocks in the limited-overs series against the Caribbean team and the Kiwis. Before the start of the Australia ODI series, Rayudu looked as the final answer to India’s No.4 mystery.
But his meager numbers in the series has surely halted his World Cup dream. The right-hander scored a total of just 33 runs together in the first three ODIs against the visiting Australian team. After his dismal performance, he was dropped from the side for the final two ODIs. At the same time, Vijay Shankar batted amazingly whenever he got the opportunities and eventually got picked for the quadrennial event.
However, Rayudu’s hopes are not entirely finished as an injury to any player can pave the way for his inclusion in the 15-man squad before May 23.