‘Rayudu should have played in the 2019 World Cup…. it was a huge miss,’ says Anil Kumble

Before the final against Gujarat Titans, Rayudu announced that the final match of the season would be his last appearance in the IPL. After the game, the CSK middle order batsman announced his retirement from all forms of Indian cricket.

In 204 league matches, Rayudu scored 4,348 runs and won the league six times, which is his record along with Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma.

Former India coach Anil Kumble believes that the record holder, who was part of India’s 2015 ODI World Cup squad, should have been in the squad for the next tournament in England and Wales.

Rayudu should have played in the 2019 World Cup. Oh yes, there is no doubt about that. It was a huge miss. You prepared him for that role for so long and his name just disappeared from the lineup. Still, it was amazing, Kumble said on Jio Cinema during the final show of IPL 2023.

Rayudu was India’s top scorer in the Asia Cup a year earlier and played a key role in CSK’s 2018 IPL win, but was dropped from the squad in favor of all-rounder Vijay Shankar.

He always wants to contribute and he was a fantastic cricketer. I have played with him for a long time, ever since the India A tours. He is a player who can play spin and pace equally well. That’s something really special. I felt he was going to achieve something special, I’m very happy for him. It’s a game he’ll remember for a long time, he’s just like me – not the kind of guy who uses his phone a lot. The important thing is that he’s had a fantastic career and I hope he enjoys the next phase of his life, CSK captain MS Dhoni said of Rayudu after the win in Ahmedabad early Tuesday morning.

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