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ICC World Cup 2019: 8 heartbreaking exclusions from the tournament

These players deserved a chance.

Peter Handscomb
Peter Handscomb. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

With the deadline for the announcement of squads approaching, many of the teams have already named their 15-member contingent for the World Cup 2019. While most of the players picked by the teams were on the expected lines, a few players were surprising inclusions into the squads. Also, there were some of the big players who were axed from the squad.

Given their stature and experience, these cricketers were expected to be picked. But considering the recent form, their respective boards and selections committees decided to look for options beyond them. Here are some of those heartbreaking exclusions from the quadrennial tournament.

8 big players who won’t be a part of World Cup 2019:

1. Ambati Rayudu | India

Ambati Rayudu
Ambati Rayudu. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Until the end of 2018, Ambati Rayudu was the front-runner for the number four spot in the Indian line-up. Skipper Virat Kohli informed that they’d certainly play him in the World Cup 2019. Thus, the Hyderabad cricketer decided to quit red-ball cricket to concentrate on ODI format and the World Cup. However, he didn’t seem to be in good touch during the Australia and New Zealand tours.

Moreover, he failed to impress in the IPL as well. Hence, he was ignored for the tournament which is one of the major heartbreaks. Rayudu played 10 ODIs in 2019. He only managed to score 247 runs at an average of 31 and this included a high score of 90. Moreover, he bagged two ducks and his strike rate of 75 wasn’t as impressive either. Many believe that this is the end of Rayudu’s career at the highest level. However, he is named the backup player for the tournament.

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