World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar responds to Ambati Rayudu’s 3D glasses tweet

first_imgIndia all-rounder Vijay Shankar said he is able to understand the sense of disappointment that prompted Ambati Rayudu to come up with a cheeky tweet after the senior campaigner was dropped from India’s World Cup 2019 squad.Ambati Rayudu who was earmarked for the No. 4 role in the Indian batting unit as early as last year made way for Vijay Shankar in the 15-man squad for the World Cup, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom.Rayudu had produced some consistent performances over the last few years batting at No. 4 but a dip in form combined with some eye-catching performances from Vijay Shankar prompted the selectors to make the tough call of dropping the Hyderabad batsman.Chief selector MSK Prasad highlighted Vijay Shankar’s 3-dimensional attributes when explaining the rationale behind preferring the Tamil Nadu all-rounder over Rayudu.A disappointed Rayudu had taken to social media after his World Cup snub and wrote: “Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup.”Speaking to Gaurav Kapur on his YouTube show Breakfast With Champions, Shankar said: “I know for the fact that how a cricketer would feel if they are not being picked. I can understand from a player’s point of view. And I know for the fact that he didn’t mean it to me.”It was just that he put that tweet for the sake of it. I can understand the situation in which he was. It is fine for any cricketer.”Shankar missed India’s first warm-up match of World Cup 2019 against New Zealand on Saturday due to an injury scare. The all-rounder got a hit on his right hand on the eve of the warm-up match.advertisementNonetheless, the Board of Control for Cricket in India confirmed that Shankar didn’t pick up a fracture and is recovering from the knock. He is likely to return for India’s 2nd and final warm-up match against Bangladesh on Tuesday.MS Dhoni’s crucial advice to Vijay ShankarShankar also revealed the impact of MS Dhoni when it comes to being calm on and off the field. The India cricketer, who made his ODI debut only in 2019, has already played some quality innings under pressure which eventually helped him seal a World Cup berth.”To be honest, I learnt it from Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni). He told me like you need to be calm and neutral. He told me ‘just focus on your work and things will take care of itself’. My debut was the Melbourne Cricket Ground. I had never been to such a big ground. I was feeling the nerves. He just came and told me ‘you’re moving the ball, just hit the right length’. He then went away. It was a very simple thing but then at the moment, it was needed,” Vijay Shankar said.Also Read | 2019 World Cup: Relief for Team India after Vijay Shankar’s scans show no fractureAlso Read | Nothing to worry about: Ravindra Jadeja on India’s batting woes after loss to NZAlso See:last_img read more