Raina said India would have won the World Cup if that…

first_imgDubai: India’s number four spot in the batting line-up was a hot topic at last year’s ODI World Cup. All-rounder Vijay Shankar has been named in the World Cup squad for the World Cup, replacing number four Ambati Rayudu. MSK Prasad, who was the chief selector, said that Vijay Shankar was a three-dimensional (batting, bowling, fielding) player. India lost to New Zealand in the semi-finals of the World Cup.However, Chennai Super Kings teammate Suresh Raina has openly said that India could have won the World Cup if Rayudu had been ranked fourth in the team. In an interview with Cricket Bus, he explained how Rayudu’s absence has affected India.My wish was to have Rayudu at number four. Because he had worked hard for a year and a half before that. Rayudu was the ideal fit for number four. If Rayudu had been in the team we could have won the World Cup. Raina said it was understandable to see his batting in the Chennai Super Kings.Rayudu was not included in the squad when five reserve players were announced after being dropped from the ODI World Cup. Mayank Agarwal has been named in the reserve squad to replace Rayudu as the specialist batsman. When Shikhar Dhawan was injured during the World Cup, KL Rahul was given the opportunity to open the innings in the middle order. But Rishabh Pant and Vijay Shankar did not shine much in the World Cup. Rayudu, 33, has announced his retirement from cricket after being dropped from the World Cup squad. The decision was later reversed.last_img

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