Another jolt for the Indian cricket team as off-spinner Ambati Rayadu has been reported for suspect bowling action during the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground which India lost by 34 runs. This comes after the suspensions of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. Rayudu has been reported with a suspect bowling action during the first one-day international against Australia in Sydney on Saturday.
The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the India team management, cited concerns about the legality of the 33-year-old off-spinner’s bowling action.
Rayudu’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is.
He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Rayudu is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known.
Meanwhile, U-19 World Cup star Shubman Gill and all-rounder Vijay Shankar have been named as the replacement of KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya for the remaining ODI series against Australia and the upcoming tour of New Zealand. On Friday evening, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) suspended both the players, Hardik, and KL Rahul until further notice and has been sent home from the Australian tour.
It’s a maiden call-up for 19-year-old and is set to make his debut in the ODIs against the team like Australia. He has been in a good form in the domestic circuit, wherein he has smashed more than 1000 runs in 9 matches. In Ranji Trophy also he made his mark by slamming 790 runs in 10 innings at a massive average of 98.75. Earlier, it seemed Agarwal would be the choice for the selectors as he had a fairy-tale Test debut in the recently concluded four-match series against Australia, where he featured in the last two Tests and scored 195 runs off three innings, which laid the foundation of India’s mammoth innings.