India in Australia 2011-12 January 7, 2012

'Batting didn't click as a unit' - Srikkanth

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kris Srikkanth, India's chief selector, has blamed the inability of the batsmen to make big scores for the team's defeats in the first two Tests of the Australia tour.

"Our batting didn't click as a unit," Srikkanth told PTI. "It is a bit surprising as we were confident of a good show in Australia. But we must admit that Australia have played better cricket than us.

"In South Africa, when we drew the Test series [in 2010-11], at least one of our batsmen went on to score a big hundred. Here our batsmen have got to half-centuries but didn't get a big score. Test cricket provides you with few opportunities but one needs to grab them when they come your way."

The defeats in Australia mean India have lost six successive away Tests, starting with their 4-0 drubbing in England - an unexpected and swift fall from grace for a side that began the England tour six months ago as the No. 1 Test team. Unlike in England, where they suffered several injury setbacks, India have had the first-choice side at their disposal in Australia. Srikkanth, like the captain MS Dhoni, refused to offer excuses.

"Look, when you lose you can cite any reason," Srikkanth said. "There is no point trying to find excuses and we need to move on. But Dhoni has been honest enough in not giving any excuses. In fact he has rightly admitted that our batting has not clicked, it has clicked only in patches.

"This is the best team we have at the moment. Also there are no injuries. I believe each and every member has accepted that Australia is playing better cricket."

India were completely outplayed in the second Test in Sydney, going down by an innings and 68 runs after winning the toss. But the previous match, in Melbourne, was much closer with India holding the upper hand before a middle- and lower-order collapse in the first innings gave Australia an opening. India eventually fell short by 122 runs while chasing 292 in the fourth innings. Srikkanth felt India should have won that match.

"We were 211 for 2 [in the first innings] and we lost it from there," Srikkanth said. "We had Sehwag, Dravid and Tendulkar playing well but then no one got a big score. When you lose the first Test, automatically, there is a lot of pressure on you. Now one should try and do well in the Perth Test. We have won in Perth last time and we should try and do well there."

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  • Dummy4 on January 10, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Dear Sri kanth How are batting going to click there are way gap between the frequency of Cricket played between the Two teams in each other home .Aus touring almost every year in India since last 10 years see in 2001 (3 test, 5 ODI),2003 Tri series(IND,AUS,NZ),2004(4 TEST),2006(CHAMPION TROPHY),2007(7 ODI),2008(4 TEST),2009(7ODI),2010(2 TEST 3 ODI),2011 World Cup,in exactly oppositE last 10years India Toured Australia 2003,2007,and now 2011 only thrice, Between these Aus reguar visit here for IPL.Hence the Aus adjust in Indian condition and its too difficult for India to adjust Australia quickly.Beside this our Domestic Structure are too out dated These are the supplementry evidence Why we are struggling to perform in Aus.The ICC and BCCI msut look after this before we all criticse our Players yes they Performed badly in the series so far but they too have ashare of reason before that.It is shame the Country of billions population still strugle to find genuine pace bowlers

  • sajid on January 10, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    I feel our teams batting is not up to scratch now with too many aging stalwarts. We should groom some new youngsters and play more competitive fiery cricket. I feel we are overhyped as a team too much for the stars to take the pressure over a long period especially now that they are in the twilight of their careers. We have always been a mediocre bowling unit and even more so abroad. Now without a solid batting unit to back us up, we even more useless backed by poor substandard fielding. we should get back to basics and play countries like new zealand and west indies on their surfaces more with youngsters to gain some confidence with youngsters in the team

  • Kannan on January 10, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    The Indian bowling attack has always been the weak link of the team, but it seldom gets discussed because most Indians think winning matches is about batting. The Indians have been found wanting on more than one occasion to polish off the team for a low score just because the tail has wagged because the Indians allowed it to. That said, the Indian batting has far from cohesive. They seem to have forgotten the wisdom that batting to put up a big score is about partnerships. Partnerships = rotating the strike and keeping the score board ticking. Sachin needs to LEARN BY NOW that "digging in" before stumps/ before a landmark/ when wickets fall are all doomed to failure. Sehwag needs to UNDERSTAND that he can go for his wild swings after having faced at least 60 balls when he can read the bounce and movement well. Kohli needs to wipe off the aggressive showmanship and scowl and focus on his game, else he will become another Uthappa.

  • Kris on January 10, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    Had Khan left the field, as he did in Eng, after leaving Oz at 37-3 these people would have said Oz were taking advantage of his absence, as they did then. Now they talk of non existent umpiring lapses. The body language of Kohli when he was given out only tells how much he's ready for the job. If anything, it was India who had benefited by howlers, at least in the 1st test. And I very well remember how good was the umpiring at Calcutta, where India was helped by Steve Waugh's thoughtless enforcement to follow-on. A mere century by T'kar in some 100th test at a particular venue would have been hyped for days! What Clarke achieved was phenomenal. He owed not to any umpiring lapse or stuff.

  • karthik on January 10, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    @RK.Chandru-Dear fellow Indian brother,just as an aside..I think your attack on Sanjay is unfair.'Commentators/Critics' are meant to express their opinion irrespective of their personal records/ pedigree.Obviously they do need the basic prerequisites of the game to do so which I am pretty sure Sanjay has..All we need is objectivity and reasonable amount of candor as a neutral observer.No need to bracket them into 'less qualified' and overly qualified..He was similarly bashed when he called Sachin 'the elephant in the room' which at that point was perfectly appropriate..another matter altogether that Sachin has since re-invented himself spectacularly.As for the VVS debate,well he needs to go as he's been failing consistently over the past 12,13 inns which shows that his reflexes have certainly slowed down and a liability to the team right now..Let him find form and fitness again & he will be in if no options..

  • Ashok on January 9, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    Any bowling that gives 620 runs while claiming just one wkt. should ask themselves whether they deserve to represent their Country? This must be one of the worst performance by any bowling side. If Aussies had bowled as badly, Indian batting would also have scored as many runs. Mr. Srikant, not all the bowling is as poor as the Indian bowling that is why India could not score 659 for 4. Do not blame Indian batting but look at your bowlers selected. Could you have selected better squad? Answer is Yes. Can you not improve the bowling by sending reinforcements? Answer is YES. Why doesn't India spend some of its $39 Million profit on Cricket team & make it look like a team with guts, determination & self pride by having right bowlers, batsmen, Captain & Coach. Mr.Srikant, everybody makes mistakes because to err is human. But refusing to correct them is your greatest folly!.You have broken the hearts of many cricket fans thru your stubborn attitude..

  • Dummy4 on January 9, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    This is a selection failure and not batting or bowling failure.

  • Dummy4 on January 9, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Subhash Devadiga is right. 90% of the time our players are playing on slow and unresponsive tracks and score a lot of runs. This spoils them. When they have to play on such tracks even the seniors are lost. i do not expect too much from the youngsters. Time to move on instead of living in past glory.

  • Dummy4 on January 9, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Dont expect too much from old heroes. New ones are lainguishing out. time to get A.Rahane and Roit Sharma in the team.

  • Ashok on January 9, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    @sugars: Sir, Clarkewas already out in the MCG when the reargaurd action of Hussey & Ponting Aussie total some strength. so Clarke does not even come into the equation. In the Sydney test Aussies were 37 for 3. If ponting was adjudged LBW at 15, then the Indian bowling would have been on top.Clarke's innings itself would have taken a different turn. Cricket is unpredictable game. One bad turn, the team can collapse. India were 212 for 2 in MCG test & collapsed badly there after. Even in Sydney, India was about 270 for 3 with Sachin & Laxman batting so well. One lucky break went for the Aussies - catch off the glove of Haddin taken by Hussey, dismissed Sachin. I thought the way Sachin & Laxman were batting India can repeat what Clarke & Hussey did in the Aussie innings.Kohli's LBW also looked dubious - ball missing the leg stump.So you need breaks at the right time ti win as well.

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