Shane Watson reveals why India lost 2019 World Cup
It was a forgettable 2019 World Cup journey for India as Virat Kohli-led team lost to New Zealand in the semi-finals in England. Meanwhile, former Australian star Shane Watson revealed the reason why India lost the plot in the previous World Cup tourney.
According to Shane Watson, the Indian selectors missed out the trick on picking Ambati Rayudu for the 2019 World Cup. Watson further added that it was a loss for India’s ODI team that Ambati Rayudu was snubbed for the marquee event.
The former chief selector MSK Prasad gave a valid explanation as to why Ambati Rayudu was snubbed for the tournament. According to him, Rayudu is not a three-dimensional player and which is why Vijay Shankar was roped in as his replacement.
Watson praises Rayudu:
Shane Watson heaped praise on Ambati Rayudu for playing a brilliant knock against Mumbai Indians in the IPL opener in Abu Dhabi. While the opening batsmen – Shane Watson, Murali Vijay got out in the early phase of the game, Ambati Rayudu held his nerves and played the best knock in the El Classico fixture.
“Rayudu batted absolutely beautifully for his 71 (in 48 balls),” Shane Watson said in a chat during his T20 Superstars podcast. “He is an incredibly talented batsman and I think it was a loss for India’s one-day team by not picking him in the 2019 World Cup squad.
“To be able to take down Jasprit Bumrah like he did was incredible. He’s got scoring options all around the ground. And he’s got a fair bit of point to prove as well against his old team Mumbai,” Watson added.
Ambati Rayudu walked out to bat when CSK was reeling at 6 for the loss of 2 after two overs in CSK’s run-chase of 163 set up by Mumbai Indians. Ambati Rayudu went about his business alongside Faf du Plessis by adding a valuable 115 run partnership with Faf du Plessis for the third wicket to help CSK set a tone in the run-chase.
“Faf and his anchoring of our innings [was important]. 163 isn’t a massive total, but for him to anchor the innings was really crucial,” Watson said.
“Piyush Chawla bowled incredibly well, getting the crucial wicket of Rohit Sharma. [His] 1 for 21 in four overs is an amazing start. Also, Sam Curran went for 28 runs in his spell and got the key wicket of Quinton de Kock. And then his cameo at the end, coming in when we needed a little bit of a burst in the run rate – 18 off six balls, what a start for him!,” Watson added.
Chennai Super Kings will play against Rajasthan Royals in Sharjah on Tuesday.