Ravi Shastri, whose term as India’s head coach ended last month, spoke out about Ambati Rayudu’s omission from the team for the 2019. ODI World Cup. Shastri said that he had “no say” in the choice, but agreed that either Rayudu or Shreyas Iyer “could’ve come in” as a specialist middle-order batsman. The No.4 batter was one of India’s key concerns leading up to the. World Cup, and after trying out numerous options such as Rayudu, Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey, and Rishabh Pant, the team management was not satisfied with the performance.
Rayudu appeared to be the one who had the upper hand among them. The right-hander averaged 42.18 and had an 85.60 strike rate in the 15 matches he played in the two years running up to the ODI World Cup.
However, the New Zealand tour before to the World Cup changed a few things. At No. 4, Vijay Shankar was tried out. Shankar edged out Rayudu when the 15-man roster was announced, because to his “three-dimensional” abilities.
“We tried a lot of people in that position after the Champions Trophy (2017). Rayudu was given a few more chances. Vijay Shankar is a multifaceted artist. To begin, we’re looking at him at position #4. Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav are also in the team. There was nothing that went against [Rayudu], but there were a few factors that went in favor of [Shankar] “MSK Prasad, the chairman of selectors at the time, had stated in a news conference.
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