Before BCCI announced India’s 15-man squad for World Cup 2019, Ambati Rayudu looked was the likely No.4 batsman out of the lot. But Rayudu’s exclusion from the squad raised many eyebrows as Vijay Shankar has replaced him as the new No.4. The 33-year-old was pretty unlucky to miss out on the spot despite having a batting average of 47.05.
Even as fans were struggling to figure out why he had excluded, Rayudu was dealing with things differently. A day after the selection, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) player put out a tweet overflowing with sarcasm aimed at selector MSK Prasad,
Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup ..
— Ambati Rayudu (@RayuduAmbati) April 16, 2019
If you missed the wordplay in the tweet, Prasad’s explanation to replace Rayudu with Shankar will help you understand better,
“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.”
Twitter appreciated the sarcasm of India’s former No.4 contender:
MSK said Shankar offers 3 Dimensional and hence 3D Glasses . Nice one mate . @vijayshankar260 Thalaivaa get amongst those runs n wickets.
— Hemanth Raj (@hemanthrj) April 16, 2019
Yesterday, @BCCI Chief selector MSK Prasad said:
“What Vijay Shankar brings at number 4 is 3-dimensional”
Rayudu taunting at him!
Absolute sense of humour
— HAMAS (@HamasulGhani) April 16, 2019
Kisiko pata bhi nahi chala and he slammed MSK Prasad
— (@Kashyap_ocean) April 16, 2019
disappointment expressed in a humorous way.. well done Ambati.. Way to go..
— wv raman (@wvraman) April 16, 2019
What a sport! Amazing spirit! https://t.co/KjAv0vPJf4
— Amit Das (@sentinelamit) April 17, 2019
Won the world cup with this tweet amba3d rayudu.. https://t.co/bMXqIH5G0K
— pari shah (@parishah1234) April 17, 2019
Curious case of some Hyderabadi cricketers… been in a similar situation… understand the wink https://t.co/zLtAQIMvYn
— Pragyan Prayas Ojha (@pragyanojha) April 16, 2019
bhai bhai bhai! bahut hard! Sarcasm goes up several notches with this!!!! Just for this wit he deserves to be in the side that doesn’t know what wit and sarcasm are https://t.co/GigOCarNYi
— #indianfirst (@uthraGC) April 16, 2019
Today, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will be facing CSK in a group match. Hailing from Hyderabad, Rayudu knows the pitch in and out and it might be tough to get him out. We would have popcorn ready for the contest between him and Shankar as the former would have a point to prove. Provided Shankar gets a few overs in the middle.