Rayudu didn't state any reason behind this decision.
Being ignored left Rayudu absolutely gutted
Many felt that Rayudu was treated in an unfair manner by the selectors.
It seemed to be an emotional decision from the veteran batsman, who must have been gutted after how he was ignored.
Keeping a player on a stand-by and then selecting someone (Mayank), who wasn't even a probable, seemed as a bizarre move by the Prasad-led committee.
However, Prasad defended the decision.
Decision was completely devoid of any bias, says MSK
"When we pick someone and he does well, we feel so happy for him. Similarly when somebody who goes out in this way, the selection committee also feels for it. But having said that, with regards to the decision taken, it has been completely devoid of any bias or any favoritism into why we picked Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant or Mayank Agarwal," said Prasad.
Prasad highlights the reasons for Rayudu's snub
"When he failed the fitness [Yo-Yo] test last year, this selection committee backed him and we put him through a fitness programme. Once he came into the side, we backed him but due to certain permutations and combinations, we couldn't pick him," Prasad said.
Selectors didn't trust Rayudu?
Rayudu was a part of the Indian ODI team since 2018 as he was backed to be the number four.
He did show his worth at home and had a decent series in New Zealand, but perhaps the selectors didn't trust him completely to deliver in England and Wales during the World Cup.
This may have led the selectors to ditch him completely.