Ambati Rayudu's "3D Tweet" Was Timely, I Enjoyed It: BCCI Chief Selector MSK Prasad |
- Published on: Sunday, July 21, 2019
- Ambati Rayudu's sarcasm-laden '3D tweet' might have hastened his international retirement but chairman of selectors MSK Prasad defended the recently-retired Hyderabadi's non-exclusion from the World Cup squad, asserting that his panel cannot be accused of bias.
Rayudu, who was till January being touted as India's No 4 for the World Cup, lost the spot to Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar, who was termed as a "three dimensional player" by Prasad.
This led to Rayudu's cryptic tweet: "Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup" which was certainly directed at the selection committee and widely believed to be the reason behind Rishabh Pant and Mayank Agarwal's inclusion as replacements.
This led to Rayudu announcing retirement from all forms of cricket.
"It was a lovely tweet. Very timely one. I really enjoyed the tweet. It was fantastic. I don't know how it struck him," Prasad's answer had everyone laughing when asked about Rayudu's tweet.
However he wanted to clear the air that Rayudu couldn't be included purely because of the permutations and combinations and the selection committee didn't resort to any favouritism.
"How much emotions anybody (Rayudu) has gone through, the the selection committee has gone through the same emotions," Prasad said.
"When we pick any player and he does well, we feel so happy for him. Similarly when somebody who goes out in this way, the selection committee also feels for it. But having said that, with regards to the decision taken, it has been completely devoid of any bias or any favouritism into why we have picked Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant or Mayank Agarwal also," the former stumper said in his committee's defence.
BCCI today announced the team for West Indies tour. Virat Kohli will lead the team in all three formats.MS Dhoni made himself unavailable for the tour on Saturday and he hasn’t been picked in any of the teams as of now. Rishabh Pant will take over the duty behind the stumps for the first time in a whole series.
Opening batsman, Shikhar Dhawan will be back in white-ball cricket after recovering from finger injury, he sustained during World Cup 2019.
Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, the two bowlers who were exceptional in the World Cup for India, have been rested. India’s bowling attack has got a new fresh look with the likes of Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini and Deepak Chahar being included in the T20I squad. Dinesh Karthik has lost his place from the ODI and T20I squad after a not so great World Cup in England.
India's tour of the West Indies will begin with a three-match T20I series starting August 3. The teams will then play three ODIs and two Test matches between August 8-30. The two Test matches will be part of the inaugural edition of the ICC World Test Championship.
India's squad for 2 Tests: Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, C Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (WK) Wriddhiman Saha (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav
India's squad for 3 ODIs: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini
India's squad for 3 T20Is: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini