A day after the BCCI announced India’s squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019, leaving out the probable prospects for the No. 4 position – Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant – from the 15-man squad, the former announced his plan for the tournament.
Tweeting from his official account, Rayudu said that he purchased 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.
Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup ????..
— Ambati Rayudu (@RayuduAmbati) 16 April 2019
Rayudu’s response was in context of chief selector MSK Prasad’s comments, who said, “We did give a few more chances to Rayudu but Vijay Shankar gives three dimensions. He can bat, if the conditions are overcast, he can bowl, plus he is a fielder. We are looking at Vijay Shankar as a No. 4.”
It was a heartbreak for the Hyderabad batsman Rayudu, who was the team’s number four since Asia Cup last year, and many from the cricketing world felt that his exclusion from the squad was a harsh decision.
The batting unit will be spearheaded by the skipper himself and he will be supported by Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Rohit, and MS Dhoni. In the bowling unit, the team has opted for three seamers instead of four. Therefore, it makes the role of Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar more crucial as one out of the two will have to step in as the fourth seamer.