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Ambati Rayudu opens up about his 3D tweet: I can't speak for anyone else but for me

Ambati Rayudu expresses disappointment on getting dropped from the Indian squad for the ICC World Cup 2019
Ambati Rayudu opens up about his 3D tweet: I can't speak for anyone else but for meAmbati Rayudu opens up about his 3D tweet: I can't speak for anyone else but for me
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Ambati Rayudu was the first choice number four batsman for India till a few months ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019. A series of low scores in the lead up to the tournament saw three-dimensional Vijay Shankar take up his place in the World Cup squad. He took to Twitter to show his frustration after being ignored. He tweeted, "Just ordered a pair of 3D glasses to watch the World Cup." The chairman of the selection committee MSK Prasad said that Vijay Shankar was preferred over Ambati Rayudu because of his 'three-dimensional' abilities.

Here's the tweet:

A lot has happened after this. He announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Later, he decided to make himself available for selection for Hyderabad in the domestic circuit and more.

Reacting to the 3D episode for the first time ever, Ambati Rayudu has said that he had no regrets about it. "Not at all. If it comes down to such things…I don’t know how to put it, but I don't think that would've played any part. And if it did, I can't imagine what cricketers must be going through honestly."

"As for social media, it has never been my go-to. It hasn't ever interested me. I've always felt that I'm very happy being simple and natural. I can't speak for anyone else but for me, that fame or being in front of the media has never interested me. My love for the sport and what I enjoy doing on the ground is what drives me to play the sport. All the frills and glamour that comes with it don't interest me."

Ambati Rayudu, who was initially in the standbys was not picked even after Vijay Shankar and Shikhar Dhawan got injured during the World Cup. Rishabh Pant was drafted into the squad when Shikhar was ruled out of the tournament due to a fractured thumb while Mayank Agarwal replaced Vijay Shankar in the later stages.

"I was very disappointed. I mean, anyone would be because I had worked so hard for it. I was very prepared for that specific role at No.4, but maybe their idea of No.4 might have changed all of a sudden. Maybe they just wanted something else… I'm not too sure. It was very disappointing, but I'm sure they must have had some combinations or plans in mind. I was actually very, very prepared for playing the World Cup to be honest."

Rayudu also felt that he was really unfortunate to have missed out on the premiere tournament. "I had actually played quite well. You can't play well in every match. It's not possible. It's just that…I was batting well throughout that phase. I don't know… I just feel unfortunate to have missed out."

After taking a U-turn on his retirement plans, Ambati Rayudu will turn up for Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy and other tournaments including the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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