Rayudu takes dig at selectors in cryptic tweet following his snub from India's World Cup squad

Sudhir Gupta 08:22 17/04/2019
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Rayudu's World Cup hopes were dashed on Monday.

Following his exclusion from India’s 15-man squad for the 2019 ICC World Cup in England, Ambati Rayudu has posted a cryptic tweet which can be construed as the top-order batsman taking a dig at the selectors.

Rayudu was the frontrunner to take the No4 spot in India’s batting order just a few months back but the right-hander found no place in the World Cup squad announced on Monday with all-rounder Vijay Shankar being preferred instead.

While announcing India’s 15-man squad for the global showpiece, chief selector MSK Prasad had said that Shankar had been picked for his ‘three dimensional qualities’.

“Vijay Shankar is three dimensional. We are looking at him at No4 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],” Prasad had stated.

Following his snub, Rayudu took to Twitter and wrote, “Just ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the World Cup.”

The tweet went viral immediately with several fans empathising with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batsman’s plight.

Rayudu has so far played 55 ODIs for India where he has scored 1,694 runs at an average of just over 47. Shankar, meanwhile, has been able to aggregate 165 runs with the bat from nine ODIs so far while picking up two wickets with the ball.

Rayudu was not the only surprise exclusion from India’s 15-man squad with young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant also losing out to veteran Dinesh Karthik.

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