Virender Sehwag sympathises with Ambati Rayudu: World Cup snub must have been very painful

first_img Next Virender Sehwag sympathises with Ambati Rayudu: World Cup snub must have been very painfulAmbati Rayudu announced retirement from international cricket after being snubbed for World Cup 2019 and former India opener Virender Sehwag wished him all the best.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 3, 2019UPDATED: July 3, 2019 19:09 IST Ambati Rayudu called it quits from international cricket after World Cup snub. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSehwag said World Cup snub must have been painful for Ambati RayuduAmbati Rayudu announced retirement from all forms of cricket on WednesdayRayudu, named in the official standbys list, was overlooked for World Cup 2019Former India opener Virender Sehwag Wednesday said the World Cup snub must have been painful for middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu, who retired from all forms of cricket.Snubbed twice over for the ongoing World Cup, Rayudu retired from all forms of cricket without specifying his reasons for calling it quits.”Must definitely be very painful at being ignored for the World Cup for #AmbatiRayudu but I wish him all the very best in life after retirement,” Sehwag said on his Twitter post.The 33-year-old Rayudu was in India’s official standbys list for the big event in the UK but was ignored despite the injury-forced ouster of all-rounder Vijay Shankar.Mayank Agrawal was brought in on the team management’s insistence and it is learnt, Rayudu was left quite disappointed by the turn of events.Rayudu played 55 ODIs for India, scoring 1694 runs at an average of 47.05. The player, who could never break into the Test team, was in the spotlight before the World Cup, but was ignored at Shankar’s expense in India’s final squad.Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad had justified the move by saying that Shankar had “three-dimensional skills”. Shankar couldn’t make much of an impact and was eventually forced out by a toe injury.Rayudu had then taken a dig at Prasad’s statement with a cheeky social media post.”Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup,” he had tweeted at the time.He was later put in the standbys list but wasn’t called.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma is in a different class, says KL RahulAlso Read | Picture of MS Dhoni spitting out blood goes viral. Here’s what happenedAlso Watch:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Virender SehwagFollow World Cuplast_img read more

Tanker Market Players Hoping for Higher Freight Rates

first_imgzoom Tanker market players have not lost their hope for an increase in tanker rates, however little movement is expected in the product tanker sector.According to the latest survey figures by Moore Stephens,  there was a fall in the number of respondents anticipating higher rates in the dry bulk and container ship trades, while expectations in the tanker sector remained unchanged from last time.The number of respondents overall expecting higher rates in the tanker sector over the next twelve months was unchanged at 41 percent, the second-highest figure since May 2011. Managers (down 3 percentage points to 43 percent) were the only category of respondent to record a fall in numbers anticipating higher rates.41%respondents expecting higher rates in the tanker sector over the next twelve monthsCharterers recorded a 17 percent increase, to 38 percent, in levels of expectation of improved tanker rates, while the numbers were also up for owners (from 37 percent to 41 percent) and for brokers (by 10 percentage points to 58 percent).Geographically, the prospects for increased tanker rates were deemed significantly lower this time in North America (down by 21 percentage points to 29 percent), one percentage point higher in Europe at 42 percent, and unchanged in Asia at 40 percent.In the dry bulk sector, meanwhile, there was a 6 percentage-point fall, to 47 percent, in the overall numbers of those anticipating rate increases.Expectations of higher dry bulk rates over the next twelve months were up in Asia from 49 percent to 55 percent, but down in Europe from 55 percent to 47 percent, and in North America, by 50 percent to 14 percent.Moore Stephens quoted one respondent as saying: “The dry bulk market is characterised by weakening growth in demand and continued excessive fleet growth.” In the container ship market, meanwhile, the number of respondents expecting rates to increase over the coming twelve months was down by 3 percentage points to 31 percent.All main categories of respondent, with the exception of owners, were less confident of rate increases this time than they were three months ago.Expectations on the part of owners were up by 6 percentage points to 42 percent, but charterers (down 6 percentage points to 40 percent), managers (down from 35 percent to 18 percent), and brokers (16 percentage points lower at 25 percent) were of a different mind.Geographically, expectations of improved container ship rates were down in Asia, from 38 percent to 32 percent, but up by 2 percentage points in Europe to 34 percent.Source: Moore Stephens, September 24, 2014last_img read more