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 indiatoday.in/sports. 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

Thousands offer Eid prayers in JK clashes in parts of valley

first_imgSrinagar: People in large numbers thronged mosques, shrines and Eidgahs in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday to offer prayers on Eid-ul-Fitr even as celebrations were marred in some partsof the valley due to clashes between protestors and security forces. The biggest congregation was witnessed at the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar where thousands of people gathered to offer prayers on the culmination of the holy month of Ramzan, officials said. The Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta in the old city also witnessed a huge crowd. People thronged to Sonawar and Soura shrines in the heart of the city, they said, adding that similar gatherings were held in all districts headquarters and major towns of the valley. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCClashes broke out in some parts of the old city between protestors and security forces after Eid prayers, the officials said. Similar clashes were reported in Sopore in north Kashmir and Anantnag in south Kashmir, they added. In the Nowhatta area of the city, masked protestors reportedly held banners in support of banned Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar and slain militant commander Zakir Musa. However, police officials said they were verifying the veracity of these reports. There were no reports of anyone getting hurt in these clashes, the officials said. The situation elsewhere in the valley remained peaceful, they added. Security forces exercised maximum restraint while dealing with the law and order situation, the officials said.last_img read more