Former Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwag took to his Twitter handle to sympathize for Ambati Rayudu. Sehwag said it must have have been very painful for Ambati Rayudu after he was overlooked for India’s World Cup squad. Rayudu was in the reckoning for the World Cup but didn’t a chance in the 15-member squad.
In fact, Rayudu was a regular member of the team in the last one year and he was deemed as India’s number four. However, the selectors dropped a bombshell when he didn’t find a place in the squad.
Rayudu has been unlucky.
Meanwhile, Vijay Shankar was picked ahead of the Rayudu as chief selector MSK Prasad stated that Shankar brings all the three departments of the game into play with his fielding, bowling and batting. In fact, Rayudu had taken a subtle dig at the selectors when he tweeted that he bought a new pair of 3d glasses to watch the World Cup from home.
On the other hand, Ambati Rayudu was named in the reserved player’s list for the World Cup. Thus, he would have had a ray of hope that he could still make it the squad in case a player gets ruled out due to injury.
However, Rayudu didn’t get a chance when Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out with a fractured thumb. In fact, Rishabh Pant was called in as the replacement for the southpaw opener.
Meanwhile, Ambati Rayudu could have got another chance when Vijay Shankar was ruled out due to a toe injury. However, Mayank Agarwal who hasn’t made his ODI debut was called in as the replacement for the Tamil Nadu all-rounder. Furthermore, it is reported that Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri wanted Mayank Agarwal as the replacement for Vijay Shankar.
Subsequently, Ambati Rayudu went on to announce his retirement from all the forms of the game.
Here is Virender Sehwag’s tweet:
Must definitely be very painful at being ignored for the WorldCup for #AmbatiRayudu but I wish him all the very best in life after retirement.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 3, 2019