England:Senior Indian batsman Ambati Rayudu, who was ignored by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for India’s 15-man World Cup squad, on Wednesday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
The senior batsman informed the Indian board about his decision. While the selectors named Vijay Shankar in place of Rayudu, the latter wasn’t even considered for a place in the World Cup squad even after Shikhar Dhawan and Shankar were ruled out of with injuries. BCCI instead went for Rishabh Pant and Mayank Agarwal as the respective replacements.
Rayudu’s exclusion from the World Cup squad came as a huge surprise for the Indian cricket fraternity considering he was being groomed for the crucial No. 4 spot for around 18 months. Justifying Shankar’s selection over the experienced Rayudu, chairman of selectors MSK Prasad had told reporters, “After the Champions Trophy in 2017, we tried quite a few people in that position. We did give a few more chances to Rayudu. Vijay Shankar is three dimensional. We are looking at him at no. 4 to begin with.” Prasad clarified that the selectors did not have anything against Rayudu. “We also have Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav. It’s not that anything that went against [Rayudu], it’s that a few things went for [Shankar].”