Ahead of the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, Ambati Rayudu was regularly batting at the no.4 position for the Indian ODI side. However, just ahead of the World Cup team selection, Rayudu failed to perform consistently in that position. The right-handed batsman was also not consistent in the IPL 2019.
Finally, the Indian selectors didn’t select Ambati Rayudu in the 15-member World Cup squad. During that team announcement moment, MSK Prasad claimed that Vijay Shankar would bat at the no.4 position in that tournament. Prasad also mentioned that Shankar was the “three-dimensional cricketer.”
Later, Rayudu tweeted, “Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup 😉😋..”
Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup 😉😋..
— Ambati Rayudu (@RayuduAmbati) April 16, 2019
Ambati Rayudu’s tweet was lovely – MSK Prasad
Recently, during the Indian national cricket team announcement for the upcoming West Indies and the USA tour, Prasad gave his view on that Rayudu’s twitter post. Prasad enjoyed that tweet and he felt that it was a timely tweet.
The chief selector claimed, “Ambati Rayudu’s tweet was lovely. I enjoyed it. It was timely tweet.”
However, later, Rayudu earned a place in the standby squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. But he was never picked up in that World Cup squad.
During the 2019 CWC, Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan and all-rounder Vijay Shankar were ruled out due to their respective injuries. Standby player Rishabh Pant replaced Dhawan while the uncapped ODI player Mayank Agarwal replaced Shankar. However, Mayank was not in the World Cup standby squad.
Later, on 2nd July, Rayudu announced his international retirement. After making his international debut in July 2013, Rayudu played 55 ODIs and six T20Is where he scored 1,694 runs (average 47.05) and 42 runs (average 10.50) respectively.
On the other hand, India finished on the top of the points table at the end of the round-robin stage of 2019 CWC. However, their journey ended in the semi-final after suffering a defeat against New Zealand.