World Cup 2019: 5 Reasons why dropping Ambati Rayudu was a right decision

World Cup 2019: 5 Reasons why dropping Ambati Rayudu was a right decision

On the contrary, Vijay Shankar brings things to the table which Rayudu misses.

2. Strike Rate issue in high scoring games

MS Dhoni & Ambati Rayudu
MS Dhoni & Ambati Rayudu. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

This is another factor which didn’t favour the right-handed batsman and made him falter in the race to seal no. 4 spot. We have often seen him as an innings builder, but he still needs to work on developing his strike-rate. For a better strike-rate it is important to play aggressive cricket. In England, generally the matches will be high scoring due to the flat pitches. A player who is much aggressive can win the spot. Finally, the selectors saw a match for No.4 spot in Vijay as he plays much faster.

However, Rayadu has failed to do so. He has a strike rate of just 79 in ODI cricket, which is not very impressive. On the other hand, Vijay can play the multiple roles of innings-builder and he tries to keep the scoreboard ticking. This gave him a further advantage over struggling Rayadu.

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