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‘I don’t have any personal grudge with Ambati Rayudu’: Allrounder Vijay Shankar

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Vijay Shankar said he does not hold any grudge towards Ambati Rayudu for his ‘3D’ tweet but that the comparison social media trolls make between him and Rayudu is is illogical because of their different roles within the team. Shankar also said Rayudu’s viral tweet does not come up in conversations when they meet.

“We talk well when we meet. There’s no personal issue between us. It just so happened that his (Rayudu’s) tweet became viral. I definitely don’t have any grudge against him. Even when I met him recently in Delhi, we had a super conversation,” Shankar told News18 when asked if he has ever brought up the tweet with Rayudu.

Shankar was picked ahead of Rayudu in the 2019 World Cup, leading to controversy and an outburst from the senior Andhra batsman, who plays for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. The then chief selector MSK Prasad said Shankar was picked since he was a 3D (3-dimensional) player.

Following this, Rayudu had tweeted that he had ordered some ‘3D glasses’ to watch the World Cup from home.

Shankar said he never had anything to do with all of the three-dimensional discourse.

“I have no connection to that. They gave me a tag randomly and made it viral. But after that tweet, I played three games for India in the World Cup and did decently. I didn’t do anything bad,” Shankar said.

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Get ready to pay more for purchasing Maruti Suzuki Cars: Read hiked rates

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Maruti Suzuki plans to increase the prices of its vehicles in the July-September quarter as the company has to deal with high input costs. In a regulatory filing, the company said that in the entire last year, the cost of the company’s vehicles continued to be adversely impacted due to the rise in various input costs.

“Hence, it has become imperative for the company to pass on some impact of the above additional cost to customers through a price rise,” it said.

The company further added that the price rise has been planned for the second quarter of this fiscal and the increase shall vary for different models.

It had earlier raised prices for different car models in April. Several vehicle makers have raised prices amid the pandemic as input costs have increased. Further, the decline in sales amid the pandemic has also impacted the industry.

However, with the situation easing across various states, restrictions are likely to ease and automakers would move back to normalizing the operations.

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