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ICC World Cup 2019: Disgusting to see Ambati Rayudu being judged on IPL form - Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir expressed his displeasure at Ambati Rayudu missing out on a berth in India’s squad for ICC World Cup 2019 and said that it is ‘disgusting’ that Rayudu is being judged on his IPL form.

cricket Updated: Apr 21, 2019 18:27 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
A file photo of former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir.
A file photo of former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir.(REUTERS)
         

Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir expressed his displeasure at Ambati Rayudu missing out on a berth in India’s squad for ICC World Cup 2019 and said that it is ‘disgusting’ that Rayudu is being judged on his IPL form.

“It is disgusting to see that he (Rayudu) is being judged more on his IPL form and less on his overall skill-set. I am not a big fan of statistics as they never tell the whole story,” Gambhir wrote in his column for The Times of India.

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Veteran Dinesh Karthik being favoured over Pant in the 15-member squad was also criticised with ex-captain Sunil Gavaskar calling it a surprising move. But Gambhir believes that Rayudu not making the cut is the most unfortunate bit about the squad.

“I think there should be no debate about Rishabh Pant’s exclusion but more about Ambati Rayudu,” Gambhir said.

“It is very, very unfortunate that someone averaging 48 in white-ball cricket and is only 33 has been left out. That for me is more heartbreaking than any other selection decision,” he added.

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Speaking on the inclusion of Vijay Shankar ahead of Rayudu, chief selector MSK Prasad said that Rayudu got an extended rope, but they went ahead with Shankar as he has the calibre to be a three-dimensional player in the World Cup.

“After the Champions Trophy we have tried quite a few middle-order batsmen, which also included Karthik, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey. We did give a few more chances to Rayudu but Vijay Shankar gives three dimensions. He can bat, if the conditions are overcast he can bowl, plus he is a fielder. We are looking at Vijay Shankar as a No. 4. Now we have plenty of options for that slot,” MSK Prasad said after the squad was announced.