Hyderabad: It is nice to see the selectors recognising Ajay Dev Goud’s performance in the recent Asia Cup in Bangladesh where India won the title. The under-19 all-rounder has been included in the Hyderabad team that qualified for the Vijay Hazare one-day quarterfinals at Benguluru. The Ambati Rayudu-led team plays Andhra in the quarterfinals on October 15.
Usually, it has been a common practice to ignore any under-19 performance but this ad-hoc selection panel of Noel David (chairman), Vijay Mohan Raj, Naushir Mehta, Vivek Jaisimha and Arvind Shetty took note of his talent and picked him on his return from Asia Cup.
Goud replaced the enigmatic Ashish Reddy, who once again flattered to deceive. A good swing bowler and big hitter of the ball, Reddy has never realised his potential as a dangerous all-rounder, more in the mould of Hardik Pandya. For Goud it is a big challenge. A good pace bowler, more suited to one-day cricket with his back of length deliveries, can be groomed for the future. Apart from his bowling, he is good with the willow.
The selectors have given a clear signal, perform or perish. Although Himalay Agarwal did not get a single match, he had to make his way for Ambati Rayudu, who brings solidarity to the Hyderabad batting. The India one-day international player missed league stage as he was busy with the Asia Cup.
The Hyderabad team had a long session at Gymkhana grounds with Ambati Rayudu joining the side. The team is leaving for Bengaluru on Friday morning.