Vijay Shankar

Veteran batsman Ambati Rayudu had taken a dig at former chief selector MSK Prasad over his comments on all-rounder Vijay Shankar, who was picked ahead of him in the World Cup squad.

In the build-up to the World Cup, Rayudu was India’s first-choice number four batsman. However, However, he was snubbed at the end with Shankar getting the nod ahead of the 36-year-old.

Prasad had then described Vijay Shankar as a 3D player while justifying his selection in the squad. Taking a dig at MSK Prasad, Rayudu had tweeted: “Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup”.

His tweet had gone viral in no time. Since then, whenever Shankar is not performing well for the team, the ‘3D’ tag has since been used by fans to troll him. He recently opened up on Rayudu’s tweet and said the tag was given to him unnecessarily.

“Enakkum adhukkum sammandhame kedayaadhu (I have no connection to that). They gave me a tag randomly and made it viral. But after that tweet, I played three games for India (World Cup) and did decently. I didn’t do anything bad. Even in the IPL, my batting orders have been different,” Shankar told News18.

“A lot of people compare me to Rayudu, but the batting orders and conditions we play in are different. It’s okay to even compare, but at least see which slots we’re batting in. A lot of people don’t know that. They don’t see that, and they just want to enjoy on social media at my expense,” he added.

The all-rounder had played three games in the 2019 World Cup where he notched up 58 runs. He lost his place in the Indian squad owing to average performances. He revealed that he has no bad blood with Rayudu. He also said he has no grudges against Rayudu and the two talk well when they meet.

“We talk well when we meet. There’s no personal issue between us. It just so happened that his tweet became viral. I definitely don’t have any grudge against Rayudu. Even when I met him recently in Delhi, we had a super conversation,” he concluded.

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