ICC World Cup 2019: Sunil Gavaskar Raises Pertinent Question on Ambati Rayudu’s Omission
Soon after the semi-final loss against New Zealand by 18 runs in Manchester, the former cricketers have also raised some questions apart from praising Team India’s imperious by finishing on the top of the league stage fixtures in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. Meanwhile, former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar had questioned the management for overlooking Ambati Rayudu from the 15-man World Cup squad.
Ahead of the ICC World Cup, Rayudu was a strong contender for the No. 4. However, the BCCI’s selection committee had settled with Vijay Shankar while deeming him as the ‘three-dimensional player’.
Surprisingly, the 28-year-old Shankar had made his ODI debut against Australia on January 18, 2019.
The 28-year-old all-rounder is also hailed as a late bloomer. The Tamil Nadu-based cricketer has featured in three matches for India. He managed 58 runs in three games. He has picked two wickets against Pakistan at the Old Trafford on June 16.
The World Cup dream is over for Ambati Rayudu:
In the recent past, the 32-year-old Rayudu had made a decent return to international cricket in 2018. Earlier, this year, Rayudu had stood like a well against the Black Caps on the Kiwis shores when he scored 90.
Following a failure in between, Rayudu had done reasonably well during India’s successful Asia Cup campaign in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Following his omission from the provisional squad, India further lost as many as two players due to injury.
However, Rayudu was snubbed as MSK Prasad-led selection committee named Rishabh Pant and Mayank Agarwal to fill the void left by Shikhar Dhawan and Shankar amidst of the ODI showpiece.
Much to the surprise of many, Rayudu was among the list of standby players. However, many believed that Rayudu’s ‘3D Glasses’ tweet had cost him too much.
Sunil Gavaskar on Mayank Agarwal:
Well following India’s disastrous run in the semis, Gavaskar had further seen it as a bolt from the blue when Agarwal was included in India’s squad.
Gavaskar, who looked disappointed, had questioned the inclusion of Agarwal.
“Why and how can you explain to me you bring in a Mayank Agarwal? He hasn’t played a single ODI as yet. He just came before the Sri Lanka game, the last league game. (So) you want to him to make his debut in a semifinals or a final in case a slot was open? Why not bring in an Ambati Rayudu, who is your standby? Very disappointing to see what happened,” Gavaskar told broadcasting giant Star Sports.
The 70-year-old Mumbaikar also expressed that Rayudu should have been in the squad.
“Let’s face, there have been a lot of baffling decisions over the last couple of years. Ambati Rayudu for example – he should have been brought here,” Gavaskar concluded.
Following a disappointment, crestfallen Rayudu had announced retirement from all forms of cricket on July 3.
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