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World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar reacts to Ambati Rayudu's '3D' comment

Vijay Shankar was selected over Ambati Rayudu in India's World Cup squad, and the batsman didn't take it very well.

India TV Sports Desk Written by: India TV Sports Desk New Delhi Published on: May 25, 2019 20:17 IST
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Vijay Shankar reacted to Ambati Rayudu's '3D' comment.

Vijay Shankar earned the selectors' trust for the World Cup over Ambati Rayudu when the squad for the tournament was announced last month.

Rayudu, however, stirred controversy after the announcement. India's chief selector MSK Prasad stated that Shankar provides a "three-dimensional" approach to his game, which gave him an upper-edge for the final squad. 

Ambati Rayudu tweeted shortly after the comment, stating that he will be ready to watch the World Cup in '3D' glasses.

Vijay Shankar has finally reacted to Rayudu's tweet in an interview with Gaurav Kapur. The Indian all-rounder, however, supported Rayudu, insisting that it is normal for any cricketer to feel disappointed

"I know for the fact that how a cricketer would feel if they are not being picked," Shankar said.

"I can understand from a player’s point of view. And I know for the fact that he didn’t mean it to me. It was just that he put that tweet for the sake of it. I can understand the situation in which he was. It is fine for any cricketer."

Earlier, Vijay Shankar talked about his role in the side, stating that he will grasp on to every opportunity he gets in the team.

'I will keep working hard on all aspects of my game, whenever the opportunity comes I will always try my best for the team. The last few years, from travelling, you see a lot of supporters all over the world, and they’re definitely going to be there (in England), 50/50 sometimes. It’s going to be really nice to experience that and I’m looking forward to that experience. Even if it is just one match that I win for the team, I’ll be very happy about that," Shankar told ICC.

The Indian all-rounder is currently facing an injury-scare and was not included in the warm-up game against New Zealand.

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