IPL 2019: Ambati Rayudu was disappointed over CWC snub, says Stephen Fleming
Stephen Fleming wants good performances from Ambati Rayudu in the next few games.
Updated - Apr 18, 2019 3:43 pm
Hyderabad: Ambati Rayudu hogged the limelight ahead of CSK’s match against SRH following his tweet about missing out from CWC squad. His tweet was a clear dig at chief selector MSK Prasad about calling Vijay Shankar a three-dimensional player. The duo faced off during CSK innings as Shankar claimed the wicket of Faf du Plessis which brought Rayudu to the crease.
The clash of Rayudu and Shankar became the highlight of the game on Wednesday. When Rashid Khan trapped Kedar Jadhav, the duo, who were in contention for no. 4 spot for India in World Cup, was spotted sharing a light moment on the ground at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The tweet on the eve of the game displayed signs of Rayudu being disappointed which CSK head coach Stephen Fleming confirmed after the game.
The former New Zealand skipper said that Rayudu expected to be in the squad which eventually didn’t happen. Fleming justified Rayudu’s disappointment as it won’t be easy for anyone whose dreams get shattered. He also spoke about working with the 33-year-old and help him in overcoming his tough period.
“He was very disappointed. His expectation was to get into that World Cup squad,” says Fleming. “When you have a dream and it is squashed, there will be a certain amount of disappointment. We just have to work closely with him as a team coz he’s got a job to do for us and has to recalibrate his goal.” said the CSK head coach at the post-match press conference in Hyderabad.
Expecting some good performances from Rayudu
Stephen Fleming also hoped to see Ambati Rayudu put on some inspired performances as he did during the previous season. Rayudu has scored only 163 runs in the ongoing IPL from nine innings at an average of 23.28. He finished the previous edition with 602 at an average of 43 also for the Chennai Super Kings.
With nearly 40 days remaining for the deadline of making changes to the squad, Fleming wants Rayudu to be ready in case of any last minute changes. Rayudu is among the three standbys for the World event and could fly for England in case of any injury to any batsman in the squad.
“There is still a fair bit of time before the World Cup and anything can happen so he has to make sure he handles with class and also performances. Those are the two things that he can have in his control. I would like to see some good performances from him in the next few games.” Fleming added.