Yuvraj Singh disappointed with the treatment of Ambati Rayudu; asks team to groom one player for No. 4

Ambati Rayudu had played crucial knocks against New Zealand earlier this year, but he was ignored for Vijay Shankar in the World Cup squad. This move has been criticized by Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh disappointed with the treatment of Ambati Rayudu; asks team to groom one player for No. 4Yuvraj Singh disappointed with the treatment of Ambati Rayudu; asks team to groom one player for No. 4
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After India were knocked out of the World Cup 2019, questions have risen over the team's weakness in the middle order. The side has been unable to find a proper number 4 player, despite 13 cricketers being tried at that position since the 2015 World Cup. 

Yuvraj Singh, who had been vastly successful at number 4, questioned the team management's handling of the number 4 position, and also criticized the handling of Ambati Rayudu. 

"The team management should have groomed someone. If someone was failing at No. 4, the team management should have told that player that he was going to play the World Cup. Like in the 2003 World Cup, we were playing New Zealand before the tournament, everybody was failing. But the same team played in the World Cup," Yuvraj told TOI.

"It was disappointing to watch what they did with Rayudu. He was in the contention for the World Cup. He got runs in New Zealand but after three or four bad innings, he got dropped," Yuvraj added. "And then Rishabh (Pant) came in and he got dropped. If No. 4 is a crucial position in ODI cricket, if you want someone to do well in that position, you will have to back him. You can't drop someone if he is unable to do well all the time," he told.

Ambati Rayudu had played crucial knocks at 4 against New Zealand earlier this year, but he was ignored for Vijay Shakar in the World Cup squad. Shankar had never batted at number 4, yet the selectors termed him as India's number 4 player for the edition. 

Shankar did not play India's first World Cup game against South Africa, with KL Rahul batting at four in the game. After Shikhar Dhawan's injury, Rahul opened the innings, and only then did Shankar play at 4. However, he disappointed before injury finally ruled him out of the competition. Rayudu, who was enlisted as a stand-by, was ignored, with Rishabh Pant and Mayank Agarwal coming in for Dhawan and Shankar respectively.

 

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