New Delhi: Ending speculation over who would fill the No. 4 position in the batting lineup for India at the World Cup, the BCCI announced its list of players, leaving out the probable prospects – Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant – from the 15-man squad. But Rayudu’s tweet a day later stole the show and earned him a lot of praise online.
Dropped from the 15-man squad, the Chennai Super Kings batsman said that he bought a new set of 3D glasses to watch the World Cup, taking place in England from May 30. “Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the World Cup,” he tweeted.
Despite getting Virat Kohli’s backing as India’s No. 4 batsman months earlier, Ambati Rayudu was not picked for the World Cup, a move that did not go down well with the batsman.
In a tongue-in-cheek tweet, clearly aimed at his non-selection, Rayudu said: “Just ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the World Cup.”
All-rounder Vijay Shankar was preferred over Rayudu, with Chairman of selectors M.S.K. Prasad saying they wanted a “three-dimensional” option who can bat at No. 4, bowl a few overs of medium pace and is also a good fielder.
Rayudu averages 47.05 in his 55-match career, with a strike rate of 79.04. He has been out of form lately, averaging just 30.87 in his last 10 innings and has scored at a rate of 75.3 with just one fifty.