MSK Prasad, Gautam Gambhir Engage In Heated Argument Over Ambati Rayudu’s WC 2019 Omission

With cricket resuming soon, the international players had begun practicing for the games, Indian Premier League season 13 is expected to start in October-November dates of this year, leading to the postponement of the ICC World Cup 2020. In between the arrangements, MSK Prasad, the former Indian team selector’s chief, and Gautam Gambhir, the former batsman of India, argued about Ambati Rayudu’s name omission in the 2019 World Cup.

Gambhir said there is a lack of communication in the selection committee, and gave examples of when players like Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, and himself had their names dropped from the international matches there wasn’t a clear explanation. Prasad replied that a requirement of a three-dimensional player had been the reason to omit Rayudu from the list, to which the batsman questioned that Rayudu had been batting in the 4th place for only 2 years and soon a need of 3D players had risen. Prasad stated that with the Indian team’s top order, a batsman with bowling technique would benefit the team, and Vijay Shankar’s domestic record had fitted the space, said the former selector’s chief. 

Krishnamachari Srikkanth, who had also worked with the BCCI, joined the discussion and said there is a difference between International and domestic match performances. MSK Prasad agreed with Srikkanth’s statement, but the experience parameter alone will not serve the player’s purpose, in the team said the selector’s chief MSK Prasad. 

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