Ambati Rayudu was supposed to be India’s no. 4 batsman in the upcoming World Cup but his loss of form few months before the event has led to his axing from the squad. Virat Kohli, the skipper, stated that Rayudu had solved the puzzle of no. 4 spot as far as Men in Blue were concerned but now he is out of contention and won’t be traveling to England.
The governing body of international cricket has questioned his omission from the squad by sharing batting statistics. ICC shared the “Highest batting career averages for India in ODI cricket (min. 20 innings)” where Virat is at the top followed by MS Dhoni (50.37) and Rohit Sharma (47.39). Rayudu is fourth on the list with an average of 47.05. ICC then writes, “Rayudu was excluded from India’s @cricketworldcup squad. Do you think he should have made the cut?”
Highest batting averages for India in ODI cricket (min. 20 innings):
— ICC (@ICC) April 15, 2019
“We have been planning soon after the completion of the Champions Trophy (2017) for this. But let me tell you that in the last month or so, there have been a couple of players who have really cropped up like Vijay Shankar,” MSK Prasad said after announcing the squad.