India’s World Cup squad reject takes a dig at BCCI chief selector MSK Prasad over Vijay Shankar selection

The announcement of India’s World Cup squad hasn’t gone down without controversy. The selections of Dinesh Karthik and Vijay Shankar, in particular, has been met with some derision by fans and experts alike.

Ambati Rayudu who was in contention for a World Cup berth missed out narrowly. In his stead, the selectors opted for the relatively youthful Vijay Shankar to shore up the middle order. Speaking to the media after the squad was announced, chief selector MSK Prasad, the Tamil Nadu all-rounder offers three-dimensions to the Indian team:

“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.”

Rayudu, clearly frustrated by his omission, took to Twitter to express his incredulity in a cheeky post aimed at the chief selector. Riffing on the ‘three dimensions’ Prasad outlined as crucial to Shankar’s selection, the veteran batsman said he had ordered 3D glasses to watch the world cup.

The batsman was India’s number four since the Asia Cup last year. During that time he had amassed four fifties and a century for the national team. Although his poor returns against Australia in the home series was enough to land him on the exit door.