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.”
Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup 😉😋..— Ambati Rayudu (@RayuduAmbati) 16 April 2019
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.
The 25-year-old has so far played five Tests for Bangladesh where he has picked 11 wickets but is yet be capped at the ODI level. Jayed’s inclusion comes at the expense of pacer Taskin Ahmed who has been plighted with several injuries of later.
Taskin had missed Bangladesh’s recent tour of New Zealand with an ankle injury and the fast bowler has now seen his World Cup hopes dashed.
While Jayed is the surprise inclusion in the Bangladesh squad, there was also an ODI recall for batsman Mosaddek Hossain also making a return to the team for the first time since the Asia Cup in September, 2018.
While senior players like Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim have been plagued with injury issues of late, they have all been deemed fit enough for the World Cup which begins in England on May 30.
Along with the 15-man World Cup squad, the Bangladesh selectors also announced the team for the upcoming ODI tri-series in Ireland also involving West Indies.
Uncapped batsman Yasir Ali and off-spinner Nayeem Hasan are the two additions the squad for the tri-series in Ireland which begins in Dublin on May 5.
BANGLADESH 15-MAN SQUAD FOR WORLD CUP
Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan (vice-captain), Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahaman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed
BANGLADESH IRELAND TRI-SERIES SQUAD
Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan (vice-captain), Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed, Nayeem Hasan, Yasir Ali
Handscomb had been in excellent touch for Australia of late with the right-hander putting in some good displays in the recent limited-overs clashes against India and Pakistan.
However, Handscomb failed to find a place in Australia’s 15-man World Cup squad announced on Monday as Steve Smith and David Warner made their returns after a one-year absence.
“Selection is always hard, there’s no doubt about that. It’s the toughest part of the job. It has been for as long as I’ve been coaching but certainly last Tuesday was really tough,” Langer told RSN Radio.
“Pete (Handscomb) is terribly stiff to miss out. He’s all class. I spoke to him yesterday. He’s literally all class. He’s another ripper.”
“I can give you all the cliches, I can try to find some good reasons, but the truth is I can’t tell you how close he was to being selected. He had a brilliant time of it. He played exactly the role that we talked about for the back end of the ODI summer and in India and the UAE. He did a great job.”
Langer has backed Smith to perform the same role as Handscomb in the batting order as the former skipper gets ready to mark his national team return after suspension.
“He’s (Handscomb) super fit and a terrific young bloke. He gets on and does his job. But we just felt that Steve Smith would play that same role and Steve Smith is one of the all-time greats of Australian cricket,” the Aussie coach stated.
Australia’s World Cup preparations get underway next month when they take on a New Zealand XI in three unofficial one-dayers. They open their World Cup campaign in England on June 1 against Afghanistan.