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BCCI Announces Perfect Replacement of Rayudu for Upcoming England Tour

BCCI Announces Perfect Replacement of Rayudu for Upcoming England Tour

After failing to clear the prescribed 16.1 mark in the yo-yo fitness test, Ambati Rayudu has been officially dropped from the Indian ODI squad which would feature in the ODI matches against England.

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This was a great chance for Rayudu to make a comeback and cement his position in the Indian team as he was all set to play in the number 4 position in all the three ODIs against England.

However now he has failed the fitness test, the BCCI selectors have chosen another player as a replacement for Rayudu, who is another one that is going to make a comeback.

Rayudu's selection to the side was a reward for his excellent performance for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League this year.

Since he was promoted at the top of the order, his performance changed a lot positively as he single-handedly won many matches for CSK. However he has now lost his place due to his failure to clear the fitness test.

The selectors of BCCI, according to their official website, has selected Suresh Raina as the replacement for Ambati Rayudu for the upcoming ODI series against England.

This is going to be a great opportunity for the left-handed batsman as the 2019 World Cup is also scheduled to be held in England. If Raina performs well in those conditions, he will surely win the favours of the selectors for a call to the World Cup squad.

Raina had previously made a comeback in the T20I side in the series against South Africa and has also been part of the Nidahas Trophy squad.

He had last played for his country in the ODI format in 2015 in Mumbai against South Africa. The experienced batsman can also solve the problem of India’s sixth bowler.

With 5568 runs from 223 ODI matches at an average of 35.46 and an amazing strike rate of 93.76, Raina would be eager to don the Indian jersey for the ODI format once again.

 

Updated ODI squad for England tour:

Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

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TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 28 3499 125
2 South Africa 32 3589 112
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 New Zealand 23 2354 102
5 England 36 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 31 2914 94
7 Pakistan 17 1463 86
8 Bangladesh 16 1202 75
9 West Indies 22 1484 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 42 5257 125
2 India 45 5492 122
3 South Africa 34 3842 113
4 New Zealand 41 4602 112
5 Australia 32 3327 104
6 Pakistan 32 3279 102
7 Bangladesh 24 2220 93
8 Sri Lanka 43 3302 77
9 West Indies 29 1989 69
10 Afghanistan 28 1758 63
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 23 2990 130
2 Australia 15 1894 126
3 India 32 3932 123
4 New Zealand 22 2542 116
5 England 17 1951 115
6 South Africa 18 2058 114
7 West Indies 18 2048 114
8 Afghanistan 22 1917 87
9 Sri Lanka 27 2287 85
10 Bangladesh 21 1570 75