It is no news that World Cup snub forced Hyderabad batsman Ambati Rayudu to announce shock retirement from international cricket. The 33-year-old was unhappy on failing to find a place in Virat Kohli-led 15-man squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. And later, as one of the replacements for injured players despite being named in the reserves. Rayudu’s untimely retirement got reactions from everyone including players, commentators and fans. But one man’s tweet is grabbing all attention. It is from none other than Indian Cricket Team captain, Virat Kohli. Ambati Rayudu Retirement: Here Are His 5 Best Knocks in International Cricket.
While former cricketers Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and VVS Laxman expressed their views on Rayudu’s retirement and wished the batsman well in life ahead, the same ‘good luck’ tweet by Virat Kohli is not going down well with cricket fans. Virat took to Twitter to wish ‘top man’ Ambati Rayudu. VK’s full tweet reads, “Wish you the best going forward Ambati. You're a top man 👊🙂👏 @RayuduAmbati”. Now, fans are not too pleased with this good luck message as they feel Kohli might have played a role in Rayudu’s retirement, and their belief is not entirely wrong. Mayank Agarwal Chosen Over Ambati Rayudu as Injured Vijay Shankar's Replacement Because of Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri.
One already knows that the team management bypassed the list of reserves and named Mayank Agarwal as a replacement for injured Vijay Shankar. Rayudu was also overlooked while naming a replacement for injured Shikhar Dhawan; young Rishabh Pant was called in. Earlier in the day, a source confirmed the call to pick Mayank and not Rayudu was in fact made by the team management and not the five-member selection panel. "The team management had made it clear that they wanted Mayank as a replacement for the injured Shankar. There was no question of the selectors debating that," the source said. Amidst all this drama, Virat Kohli’s tweet for Ambati Rayudu is seen as a mere mockery and in bad taste.
Here's What Indian Captain Virat Kohli Tweeted to Ambati Rayudu
Wish you the best going forward Ambati. You're a top man 👊🙂👏@RayuduAmbati
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 3, 2019
And This is How Twitterati Reacted Over Kohli's Tweet
Is Kohli is Trolling Rayudu?
Isse boltey hai trolling ...wah kohli🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
— बीन kumar..🇮🇳 (@valorbharat) July 3, 2019
Do You Think This Is How Ambati Rayudu Would React?
Rayudu is like 😐🤒 :- pic.twitter.com/cXUmu48PD9
— RB 👽 (@sarcastic_tinda) July 3, 2019
And Some Angry Question
Then y did u select Mayank Agarwal over him??
— Modi-fied (@Bespoke07982992) July 3, 2019
Jale Pe Namak Chidakna
— Pun of god (@Punofgod) July 3, 2019
Yeh Kya Horiya Hai??
— पंडित (@subah_e_banaras) July 3, 2019
Kohli Would Definitely Not Be Reading The Replies
— Chhote (@thuug_lyf) July 3, 2019
Ab Toh Sach Bol Do
— टीपूडा (@PR1CELES5) July 3, 2019
Kohli wish kartey hue raydu ko 😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/MgbGwyTSf2
— . (@Felixxx_x_) July 3, 2019
While fans seem really angry with Virat Kohli, the now-retired right-handed batsman Ambati Rayudu is now. In fact, in his letter to the BCCI, Rayudu had good words to say for the talismanic Team India captain. He writes, "I would like to thank the captains I have played under, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and especially Virat Kohli who always had shown great belief in me throughout my career with the Indian team." It looks like fans are being extra mean to Captain Kohli in this case.