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.
Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup 😉😋..
— Ambati Rayudu (@RayuduAmbati) April 16, 2019
The sarcastic remark was seen as a response to India’s chief selector MSK Prasad. Prasad had justified dropping Rayudu saying, “We did give a few more chances to Rayudu but Vijay Shankar gives three dimensions (batting, bowling and fielding). 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.”
As cricket buffs continued to debate Rayudu and Pant’s exclusion, many lauded the Hyderabadi batsman for his witty tweet. Many also likened his omission to that of VVS Laxman, who despite his consistency, was ignored for the 2003 World Cup.
What a sport! Amazing spirit! https://t.co/KjAv0vPJf4
— Amit Das (@sentinelamit) April 17, 2019
Sarcasm at its best!!! 😂 https://t.co/83uOsHs72l
— Krunal Shah (@im_KR7) April 17, 2019
That’s savage! 🔥😂👏 https://t.co/viNdUsDrGT
— Ctrl + Alt + Delete (@chanb37) April 17, 2019
Won the world cup with this tweet amba3d rayudu..😀 https://t.co/bMXqIH5G0K
— pari shah (@parishah1234) April 17, 2019
Waiting for VVS Laxman now😂😂 https://t.co/QH7tRvWarD
— Sunil- The cricketer (@1sInto2s) April 16, 2019
— Angel Bhamawat (@AngelBhamawat) April 16, 2019
— Monica (@monicas004) April 16, 2019
MSK Prasad Right Now…. pic.twitter.com/pEiwolu8fE
— Akshay Harlikar (@akshayharlikar) April 16, 2019
Go home everyone, Ambati Rayudu has won the Internet World Cup. 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/1uVN0PuV4q
— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) April 16, 2019
bhai bhai bhai! bahut hard! Sarcasm goes up several notches with this!!!! Just for this wit he deserves to be in the side that doesn’t know what wit and sarcasm are 👏👏💪💪👇 https://t.co/GigOCarNYi
— #indianfirst (@uthraGC) April 16, 2019
Please Order one for Pant too. Thank you. https://t.co/iwblJ98sEZ
— Sanika Sawant (@SanikaSawant10) April 16, 2019
Omg… This was a shade. Love it!! https://t.co/bA6e8zLHnk
— ◟̽◞̽ Suzi ◟̽◞̽ (@suzilouiez) April 16, 2019
Good sense of humour but I don’t think ICC has Virtual Reality Cameras for the feed. 😉😉 https://t.co/RLwNuRZaGm
— Rahul Rawat (@rawatrahul9) April 16, 2019
Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant have not been included in the squad while Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja have found spots in the team. The team will be captained by Virat Kohli while Rohit Sharma will be his deputy. MS Dhoni is the first-choice wicketkeeper.