MSK Prasad reveals why Rayudu was excluded from Indian team
Former Indian chairman of selectors, MSK Prasad spoke about the omission of Indian middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu from the national team. Ambati Rayudu was dropped from the team even after boasting a good batting average. His last-minute exclusion from the team for the ICC World Cup in England last year upset him.
Now, MSK Prasad expressed that he felt bad for Ambati Rayudu’s exit from the Indian side. In a recent interview with Sportstar, Prasad revealed that Rayudu was picked based on his IPL performances in the One-Day International (ODI) team. The committee had focused on Rayudu’s fitness factor but it’s unlucky as he was dropped from the World Cup squad.
The right-handed batsman Rayudu has played 55 ODI matches for India, in which he scored 1694 runs at an average of 47. The 34-year-old cricketer smashed ten half-centuries and three hundreds.
“I felt seriously for Rayudu. I can clearly say that. It was very touch and go issue. Our committee always felt that he should be on the radar of Test selection after the 2016 Zimbabwe tour. And I spoke to him as to why he was not focussing on Test cricket. If you remember, based on the IPL performances, we picked him for ODIs, which may not look appropriate to many,” MSK Prasad as quoted by Sportstar.
“Then, we focussed on his fitness for one month at the NCA, helped him there. He has delivered to an extent. Unfortunately, I am also hurt at what happened to him (apparently referring to the 2019 World Cup selection when Rayudu was ignored), having played with him. I feel bad for him,” added Prasad.
The former chief selector also rated the South Africa and England tours as the big disappointments during his contract, along with the 2019 World Cup semi-final match against New Zealand.
“Personally, the disappointments were the South Africa and England tours. Though the boys played well, the end-result was not satisfying. Or, we can say our team was capable of a much better performance. Well, as far as the 2019 World Cup was concerned, we played like champions but for that one-off day in the semi-final,” Prasad added further.