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Despite getting Virat Kohli's backing as India's No. 4 batsman months earlier, Ambati Rayudu was not picked for the World Cup, a move that did not go down well with the batsman. In a tongue-in-cheek tweet, clearly aimed at his non-selection, Rayudu said: "Just ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the World Cup."

All-rounder Vijay Shankar was preferred over Rayudu, with Chairman of selectors M.S.K. Prasad saying they wanted a "three-dimensional" option who can bat at No. 4, bowl a few overs of medium pace and is also a good fielder.

Meanwhile, former India opener Gautam Gambhir said he feels bad for Rayudu.

"There is Ambati Rayudu who missed out as well. He is averaging 48 in ODIs, why focus only on Pant? I feel it is far more disheartening for someone like Rayudu because Pant has age on his side," Gambhir told IANS.

Also Read: India's World Cup squad: Karthik in, Pant out while Shankar selected for No 4 slot

Rayudu averages 47.05 in his 55-match career, with a strike rate of 79.04.

He has been out of form lately, averaging just 30.87 in his last 10 innings and has scored at a rate of 75.3 with just one fifty.

Indian skipper Mithali Raj creates history by scoring past 20,000 career runs


Raj is already the highest scorer in women's international cricket across three formats, in the world.

Indian women skipper Mithali Raj created history by going past 20,000 career runs during the India-Australia ODI match at the Harrup Park in Mackay on September 21. With a knockoff of around 61 runs from 8 overs, she marked an outstanding performance, taking her team to bag 225/8 in the assigned 50 overs. Raj is already the highest scorer in women's international cricket across the three formats of the game - a feat she aachieved during the England tour, earlier this year.

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UP to soon get a new 200-acre-wide data centre park

The new data centre will come up in Noida's Sector-28

In a bid to cultivate Uttar Pradesh's commercial landscape, the state administration has planned to develop data centre park in Noida. This structure will reportedly spread over 200 acres of land at Sector 28 of the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority and attract investments from IT industry giants in India and abroad. The plan is expected to roll out by the end of August.

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