Not convinced with M.S.K. Prasad's explanation: Azharuddin on Rayudu's World Cup exclusion

The former India captain said since Ambati Rayudu was among the stand-byes, he should have been the first-choice as a replacement for an injured player.

Mohammed Azharuddin also said if Dhoni is fit, he should continue playing cricket.   -  V.V. Subrahmanyam

Former India captain, Mohammed Azharuddin, says that if M.S. Dhoni feels that he is 100 per cent fit to play international cricket, he should continue playing the game.

“He said he is taking a break right now. But I would like the selectors to talk to Dhoni in this regard or else everyone will start commenting on that he should retire or he should keep playing. It is important for selectors to talk to such big players,” Azhar said during the course of media briefing on HCA developments here on Monday.

“But, again, personally, I would like to see him play aggressive cricket for which he is known for. I know that with age your reflexes wane a bit. Well, he is an amazing cricketer,” said Azhar.

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Referring to the Ambati Rayudu issue, Azhar felt that since Rayudu (who announced his retirement recently) was among the stand-byes for the recent World Cup in England, he should have been the first-choice as a replacement for an injured player.

“Somehow, I am not convinced with the explanation of M.S.K. Prasad (chairman of BCCI selection committee) that the team wanted an opener. When I was the captain, there were quite a few instances when my suggestions were overruled by the selection panel citing team’s interest. So, M.S.K. need not have followed simply what the captain or the coach wanted him to do in Rayudu’s case,” he explained.