Ambati Rayudu’s sarcasm-laden ‘3D tweet’ might have hastened his international retirement but chairman of selectors MSK Prasad defended the recently-retired Hyderabadi’s omission from the World Cup squad, asserting that his panel cannot be accused of bias.
However, Prasad’s logic of Agarwal’s inclusion was far from convincing as Rahul played three games (Bangaldesh, Sri Lanka and semi-final) after that. After being ignored, Rayudu had posted a cryptic tweet, which was certainly directed at the selection committee, which had termed Shankar as a “three dimensional player.
“Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup,” he tweeted and was widely believed to be the reason behind Rishabh Pant and Agarwal’s inclusion as replacements.
Rayudu announced his retirement from all forms of cricket just days after Agarwal’s selection. “It was a lovely tweet. Very timely one. I really enjoyed the tweet. It was fantastic. I don’t know how it struck him,” Prasad’s answer had everyone laughing when asked about Rayudu’s tweet.
However, he wanted to clear the air that Rayudu couldn’t be included purely because of the permutations and combinations and the selection committee didn’t resort to any favouritism.
When Agarwal came in, it was more about having a cover for Rahul.