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Five selectors combined wouldn't have made the runs Rayudu has in his career, says Gautam Gambhir

Harshit Anand Updated: 4 July, 2019, 5:21 PM IST


Ambati Rayudu, who is 33 years old, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket yesterday. He will not play in IPL as well. Given, his age, it seems like a premature retirement. It is speculated that Rayudu has been shattered by his non-inclusion in the World Cup.

He didn't make it to the original World Cup squad but was named in stand-by players. However, when Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay Shankar got injured, it was Rishabh Pant and Mayank Agarwal, who made the cut to the team ahead of him.

Many former players feel Ambati Rayudu was hard one by the selectors and the team management. Notably, Mayank Agarwal, who was not even in the standby list was picked on the insistence of Indian team management.

Commenting on Rayudu’s decision to quit all forms of cricket during a TV show, Gambhir said, “According to me, the selectors have been a complete disappointment this World Cup. Rayudu’s retirement decision is because of them and their decision-making skills are to be blamed for this.”

“Five selectors combined would not have made the runs Rayudu has in his career. I feel extremely sad about this retirement.”

“Rishabh Pant and Mayank Agarwal got selected amidst the World Cup injuries, and anyone in Rayudu’s place would have felt equally bad. A cricketer like him that has played so well in the IPL and for the nation, scored three 100’s and ten 50’s, and despite that if a player has to retire – it is a sad moment for Indian cricket,” added Gambhir.

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