The largest conundrum heading into the 2019 Cricket World Cup was the no.four spot. India had tried a number of batsmen in that place earlier than 2019, with nobody in a position to stamp his authority. Just one participant was given an prolonged run within the place and it was Ambati Rayudu. He was additionally scoring runs for his facet and it seemed like Ambati Rayudu was lock-in for the squad after being the popular alternative for Crew India for the final one 12 months.
However the MSK Prasad-led choice committee sprung up a shock after they omitted Rayudu from the squad and picked Vijay Shankar as an alternative. It led to a variety of controversy with many feeling that Rayudu was wronged within the scenario.
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Then Rayudu posted a sarcasm-laden ‘3D’ tweet which led to widespread debate on social media. The no.four slot finally turned out to be India’s Achilles heel on the World Cup as they bowed within the semis to New Zealand.
Suresh Raina, who just lately retired from worldwide cricket, additionally reckons that Rayudu was the only option for India on the quantity 4 slot and even believes the Males in Blue would have received the World Cup if he was within the squad.
“I wished Rayudu to be India’s quantity 4 as a result of he was working very laborious, taking part in [for] virtually one and a half years. He carried out very well and he wasn’t there. I didn’t benefit from the tour in 2018 due to the circumstances the place Rayudu failed his health check. It didn’t really feel good that I used to be picked as he failed,” Raina was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
“He was good at quantity 4. If he was a part of the squad for the World Cup, we’d have received the event. Rayudu was the only option and because it’s the way in which he performs the sport within the CSK. And he was batting very well within the camp in Chennai,” he added.
Vijay Shankar and Rishabh Pant, who have been chosen to play within the middle-order, couldn’t do a lot within the event as the identical place turned out to be the weak spot for India on the World Cup.