India in Australia 2011-12 January 7, 2012

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

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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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  • 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

  • cricket4evar 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

  • TheOnlyEmperor 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.

  • kristee 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.

  • nyc_missile 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..

  • Nampally 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..

  • on January 9, 2012, 20:19 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nampally 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.

  • 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

  • cricket4evar 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

  • TheOnlyEmperor 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.

  • kristee 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.

  • nyc_missile 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..

  • Nampally 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..

  • on January 9, 2012, 20:19 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nampally 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.

  • on January 9, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    the headline for this article is very apt, except that it should have included the following words towards the tail of the message . " FOR DECADES NOW" .

  • AsherCA on January 9, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Guys, the real reason why this can be called a batting & not bowling failure - The Indian selection committee & team management have given the batsmen cover at the expense of bowlers, reducing one bowler to make way for an extra batsman. Also, this should actually be a failure for Dravid - Laxman combine, nobody else. Dravid stands in slips since he can't field anywhere else (of late, he can't even field in the slips). Laxman needs a 1.5 run shot to get 1...Aussies can hit the ball to him even at Gully / Point & get a run out of him...he used to score only during crises (fail in the 1st innings, generate a crisis & then, sometimes fight back)....of late, he is unable to do that either....Other than filling spaces in the playing 11 that Srikanth has ordered Dhoni to reserve for South Zone cricketers, I can think of no reason to keep these guys in the playing 11. On cricketing merit, I would say - Sharma for Dravid & Ojha for Laxman. Ojha at least bowls.

  • PallabBanerjee on January 9, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    I do not understand this comment when people say that one team has played better than the other, obviously in a contest between two team and when one team has won the match , it has to play better than the other, otherwise is it possible that both teams have played equally but one has won. This remarks are stupid remarks which Mr Srikanth has commented in this column and so did our captain in the presentation ceremony, I hope they are trying to dilute the fact that we failed miserably.

  • lee_man on January 9, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    I don't understand what all the panic and desperation is about, the signs were already there: a very weak Windies team gained significant first innings leads in 2 of 3 tests in India in the series prior to the OZ tour, and before the series in England, an even weaker Windies side was able to stop the batting juggernauth. Fans should have already recognize the obvious.

  • on January 9, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    First of all we must change the Attitude of our Domestic Structure,We always prefers to play Slow low tracks at home where our batters pile up the Runs and our Spinners takes buckets of wickets.At the same time the slowness of Pitches in India reduces the breeding of genuine Quick bowler in our Country .We get away while playing at home but once we play abroad against Quality opposition like Aus,SA,EnG in a seaming bouncy wicket our limitation get widely exposed.If we all look say Pakistan they produced Raw pace bowler probably every day but they don thave the management who can handle them skillfully or nurtured them well Were as The BCCI probably the richest and Strongest cricket governing body have the potential to handle it

  • Raj239 on January 9, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    The big 3 must go after the tour of Australia. Dravid is 39 in a few days, SRT is 38 1/2, VVS 37. There is no future in them. We have to play both Rohit and Kohli. Keeping faith in kohli is important, he just needs to regain confidence that he can perform in tests as well. In ODI's he did well in SA and England. If India lose in Perth they should consider dropping either SRT and Dravid, moving Sehwag to 3 or 4 and letting Rahane open. I think Sehwag will provide a more solid middle order than a completely young batting line up. We may miss the quick starts but we need to avoid middle order collapses which have become common due to the aging champion batsmen. Despite everyone saying India is a terrible team I have faith in the new young batsmen and bowlers. Given time they will mature and form a formidable team. They have the ability to do will in all conditions, we need to show faith in them. I remember people calling to drop Alistair Cook, but now look how good he is.

  • Anshul_CricketWins on January 9, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    I hate to see all negative dirt spread around here. Its just a game afterall and in simple terms, a game is played for amusement for health and many other 'Positive' things. But fans here look like venting their anger of daily lives on these cricketers. I hate these 'Barsaati mendhaks' who come out all guns blazing whenever we lose. If you were a good cricket fan, you surely would have enjoyed in these 2 tests as well, in bits and pieces though. But theres no end to negativity here. India will again be on top, in own their backyard at least, like aussies are right now. These are the times Aussie fans would shout on top of their voices, like english did, then they got beaten 5 nill. Now am sure pakistan gonna show english, the daylight in tests too.

  • rsurya on January 9, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Kris Srikanth's selection has the same standards as his reasons for failure have.

  • sugars on January 9, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    @ Nampally how can you say with such authourity that had ponting and hussey not scored runs in both test matches australia would have lose? are you forgetting that clarke on his own score more that half the idian total for the entire match? its time you idian supporters stop making excuses when team india cant face up to the bigger teams.. they only look pretty against west indies and the lower ranked teams.the idian batting line up looks pretty on paper but against good bowling its pretty ordianary stuff.

  • PiyushD on January 9, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    May be on current form Ravindra Jadeja should have been in team instead of Ashwin, Ashwin can not contain the batsmen, India has so many good players but due to IPL they have mould their game as per the needs of limited overs cricket and there seems to be no backup for Tests.

  • spot_on on January 9, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    LOL mr Srikkanth... a big LOL.... Heehehehehe(Scooby's laughr) ..Cricinfo Pls publish.. LOL again

  • elan_ind on January 9, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    My obligation to BCCI - please think about cricket than money, we have been buried with lot of t20s so please allow Indian youngsters to play in county where they will learn to play in bouncy and seaming pitches that too away from their comfort zone. which will automatically give them confident and fighting spirit.

    IPL is Money for BCCI and players - Mourning for Good Cricket and fellow cricket followers....

  • on January 9, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    very true blame the batsmen...........bowlers doing great job.. taking 20 wickets in each match.......was it the batsmen who let clarke score 329? clarke can take a wicket of sachin......

  • Gozunder on January 9, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    Kris Srikkanth should be sacked for his comments. I can't believe the complete denial this guy's in since India won the World Cup. The bowlers need a revamp, more than the batsmen, and Eric Simons should be given an ultimatum as far as his job's concerned if he cant get the Indian bowlers to sort their lengths and lines out. I've seen the Indians reverse the old Kookaburra ball in 2008, there's no way they can't do it again, even in England in 2007. There's something sadly amiss with the bowling, and even Zak can't shore up for the younger blokes. Ishant has to be given a deadline, either bowl 6 balls on the spot or lose your own, and for the love of the Lord, where's that fine Indian swing bowler Irfan Pathan???

  • on January 9, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    i agree with SRT_GENIUS regarding Dravid. but further to that even Laxman needs to go. if you the 2 tests in Australia, add to it the experiance in England and S.A. i am now convinced that we should not invest in Laxman any more. Anyways he is 37. so if we have to be so patient then might as well be with A.Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Purjara were we can alteast hope that next time they will do better on foreign tours. Here with the present lot ALL HOPE IS LOST.

  • Rajchamp on January 9, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    This is the time Indian team needs support from its fans and from the ex Indian cricketers. But all they are getting is a lot of NON SENSE bashing even from outsiders. Latest example is Mark Waugh saying that Indian team should be ranked 8th. All I want to say to Waugh is - I agree with you. Very well said SIR. Australia should be crowned as TEAM OF THE CENTURY for NOT WINNING A SINGLE TEST MATCH IN INDIA in last 6 years and for Losing a test against a team like NewZealand in Australia itself. This is the same NewZealand side which was nearly beaten by Zimbabwe in the test match before Aus-NZ series. And who can forget their three innings Defeats against England in AUSTRALIA in Ashes 2010-11!! India's performance stands nowhere in front of this amazing consistency both HOME AND AWAY by Australian team.

  • a1234s on January 9, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Dhoni, dude, I dont mind India losing if they give it their all. Losing is not the issue here. the players are throwing in their towels once the partnership goes above 100. They are getting frustrated if they cant get a breakthrough.

    There is absolutely no will power or patience. this is test cricket.

    You need to rethink the field arrangements. For heaven's sake, try to be more aggressive. Look at the way Clarke had people at proper positions to cut off the boundaries and dry up the singles.

    We need to see you guys fight!!!!! Losing is okay...but fight!!!!!!!!

  • SpadeaSpade on January 9, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Sounds like Greg Chappel was on to something afterall. Maybe India should pick Saurav Ganguly for the next test for Kohli. It seemed the whole country hated his guts for trying to blood the next generation. Instead India now have the same problem Australia had 4 years ago, Multiple champion players all reaching the end of their career at the same time.

  • shix on January 9, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    this is one of the traditional problem for indian cricket team. we can't blame the batsmen or bowlers for their slump in australia. we need to prepare some three pitches in india like WACA or durban that offers much pace and bouc,. this is the only solution for this crisis. also it will help to increase the emergence of new indian pacers.

  • satish619chandar on January 9, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    @SRT_GENIUS : It doesnt matter if he doesnt select TN guys in the team.. What else can a selector do for this team? The selected team was the best in the country apart from one minor bench warming spot of Mithun.. I gues most of the buzzers are calling for wrong heads.. Aussies scored heavily in SCG because the track was flat and our batting is the thing that failed.. The pity is, the batting lineup is with maximum experience.. The top 4 who idd it for last decade are still there.. Gambhir is the most experienced opener for India and Virat is the most experienced no.6 apart from failed Yuvi and Raina in ODI format.. If at all the selectors need to do something, they need to do it like More.. He dropped everyone.. Bhajji, Viru, Dada, Zak when they lost their desire at some point.. They did comback strongly but now again lost it .. Time for another cleanup without worrying about the results.. Who knows.. We might win more with new team too..

  • vish57 on January 9, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    India could manage only 4 wickets in the match and lose 20 wickets; blaming batsmen is not the end; when Austrailan bowlers could get rid of famed indian batting, it is our bowlers failure as well to break partnership or take wickets; exit of Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar will see many "sydneys" in future; it is meaningless to replace Laxman with Rohit Sharma; Heavy Scores leading to domestic highlights is of no use in bouncy perth wickets. Real reason is consistent failure of openers, six & Seven batsmen and inept bowling and extremenly poor pench strengh; both Rahane and Rohit Sharma are yet to debut in test; so is vinay Kumar and few test matches for Abinav Mukund. The philosphy in Indian Cricket is" One Innings in a series keeps your place in team alive". Like DRS , its is no surprise if BCCI may decide to avoid playing Austraila, SouthAfrica and England in their homes, like we have never hosted Bangaladesh so far; afterall money is power and our politicans are united under BCCI

  • Precioustar84 on January 9, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Srikkanth and Dhoni must be best of friends. Both in denial of the truth. Team India USED to be able to play abroad and yes of course we lost like other teams have but not as badly. We have about 4 players that USED to be able to play well abroad but they won't accept that they are just too old. How long to the selectors want to live in past stats?? Another issue, we have a captain that should lead in ODIs only and not in tests. Seems until these people are forced out of the team, they won't go and there is no one that will force them out. What does this tell you? It says no one cares for playing for country anymore; its all about making money for BCCI but hopefully we Indian fans won't fall for this anymore. I truly hope no one goes to watch IPL anymore if you care for our players to get in the right frame of mind.

  • satish619chandar on January 9, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    Batting is the reason for India's success abroad last decade and whenever batting succeeds, bowling follows.. The Sydney pitch was flat and IT WAS FLAT in the first innings too.. Batting was really bad.. Time to change the batting lineup..

  • bobagorof on January 9, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Kris Srikkanth has got his finger on the pulse. 'We can't win because we don't score runs'. Hard to argue with that. But how many centuries did Australia score in Melbourne?

  • satish619chandar on January 9, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    As a selector, he cant do much.. Apart from Mithun, The players selected were just fine as per current form and reputation in Australian pitches.. the team that failed collectively.. The challenge is, how the selectors responds to the second humiliating debacle in last one year..

  • CricketLifer on January 9, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    Srikkanth needs to be honest and address the real issues. This simple explanation is dishonest at best and ignorant at worst - in which case, coming from head of selectors, it is deeply problematic. India's main weakness remains bowling. It has been a long time since India really had any consistent strike bowlers. Not only fast bowling department is weak but there is no real match winner in spin department either. Days of Kapil and Kumble are long gone and no one has stepped up. Too much focus on One Day and 20/20 version has taken its toll. In these formats we don't have to get the other side out, just score more than them. Unfortunately, in Test Cricket we need to take 20 wickets to win and how often has India managed that in recent times? Without world class bowling, we will always remain a wanna be!

  • SRT_GENIUS on January 9, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    @Raju_Iyer: Why are you supporting Srikant when he can't select any TN batsmen for the national team ? Disgraceful.

  • SRT_GENIUS on January 9, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    Agreed that someone has to go make room for youngsters. Obviously Sachin has to stay for some more time to ensure that Kallis can't touch his records. But why Dravid has to stay ? He surely has nothing to gain...

  • on January 9, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    Its the time to take bold decision and inject young blood.Indian cricket is not going benefit much from playing all the ageing players.we need to have phase out strategy for them.Bring Rohit sharma in and drop one of the big guns which is not firing.Selectors should convey strong message to players like sewag whom getting out in a lazy manner.Personally i like sewag but he is not looking at the field and trap.Play positively but don't play like a ......... Now a days Sachin is playing for 100th 100 not for the team otherwise he should bat normally after scoring 70 runs.

  • OutCast on January 9, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    FAilure?? what failure? when did India last won a series against a cricket giant? tell me that first! India never succeeded in abroad to call it a failure... India plays like India and Aus play like Aus... It is time for India to get back home and arrange SL, Bang, NZ, WI series...

  • on January 9, 2012, 1:34 GMT

    I just have one exception/question to Srikanth's comment. How is it a batting failure when Indian bowlers were able to take only 4 wickets after getting 3 of the Australian batsmen very cheaply whereas Australia got 20 wickets on the same pitch in similar conditions? I would say it is equally a bowling failure too!

  • Naresh28 on January 9, 2012, 1:32 GMT

    @lillianthomson is so right in his analysis. Bowling is a bigger problem than batting. Thanks. All three departments need improvement. Its amazing that we choose Vinay and Mithun as backup bowlers but would not dare to use them because of the risk. Why carry them if only for DRINKS? Batsman have a careless attitude besides Sachin.

  • Iyer on January 9, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    I have written this more than 100 times on this website and TOI. For those who watch live cricket action from dailyfun4u they know me through nickname 'dropdhoni'. Dhoni is a good ODI / T20 player and can also be played for test matches played in sub-continent conditions. But when it comes to overseas conditions, he is not fit to be in the playing X1. This is something I had campaigned for even before the England debacle. However, since Indians are emotional people, they are not ready to drop Dhoni from test cricket. The reason is: Dhoni won us the world cup! BS argument. As long as Indians confuse past records with current situation, ODI records with Test, subcontinent records with overseas conditions -Indian cricket would not improve. It would only deteriorate. For the next test match, I would drop dravid as he is totally out of form. Will give one more chance to gambhir, laxman and sehwag. Will give kohli 2 more test matches.

  • Lala_Amarnath on January 9, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    Who are we kidding here? The problem is Indian team has a lot of fans and it misled everyone in thinking they were a great team by winning the world cup on its own soil and friendly pitches. Indian cricket team is a mediocre one and is performing exactly up to its caliber. They have been busy making a quick buck playing too much 20/20 and shorter version of cricket. They seem a little shocked to find out that one actually need to have a lot of stamina while fielding and bowling for many sessions and concentration in batting. As many of you correctly point out, non performing players need to be rested - forever. We need tall, young and strong bowlers who can hurl the cherry at top speed for long sessions. Millions of players in the country and we can't find four? Switch to hockey, or badminton you Indian cricket fans, and come back in six months.

  • Naresh28 on January 9, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    From the comments one can see that there is a big division in the team. Need teamwork to win. Bowling is definetly weaker than batting. Dhoni and bowlers on one end and batsman/fielders on other. We need a revamp in team. Remove dead wood - GAMBHIR, SHEWAG, LAXMAN, DHONI and now we can add DRAVID. SACHIN is the only performing batsman in SA he got good scores (146), England he had 91, and now he is leading in Oz. We need a pacy bowler like ATUL SHARMA.

  • on January 9, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    BCCI will be run the same way India Cements is being run, at least for some more time. The focus will be on Cash Flow. Bottom line will be Profit. The next step will be to get BCCI listed in all the major stock exchanges. If it gets listed, buy its shares now. When India Cements divests its interest in BCCI to a better investor, the share prices will go up, and you can make a killing. But if the new owner happens to be another IPL team owner who owns a floundering Airlines, don't go anywhere near the BCCI shares, let alone but it.

  • Naresh28 on January 9, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    @dadagos - You are so right. That is precisely the reason which even Dhoni fails to see. We need one fast pace bowler in the team - someone like ATUL SHARMA. With batting India is capable of planning something out. Not the bowling all despair there. At moment we need 5 bowlers not 4.

  • Nampally on January 8, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    @Tracey Caesar: I hear your Sir. But the Aussies were saved by the aging non performers in Ponting & Hussey both over 37years who decided to perform by scoring centuries at crucial points. They also performed in the MCG Test. If they were given a retirement package the Aussies would have lost both the tests.It shows that the aging cricketers do perform & get victories for their countries.

  • hhillbumper on January 8, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    espncricinfo fan All time best batsmen Tendulkar 1 and Gavaskar 3. No real biased there then for Indian players.Supposed best all rounder ever was Kapil Dev,Best Leggie was Anil Kumble and Best overseas record is India as well. Sweet lord above

  • Imad_K on January 8, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Even against bowlers such as Siddle and Hilfenhaus who aren't Australia's best bowlers the Indian batsmen struggle. They simply can't bat on these quick tracks and can't play the short ball and many of their so called stars looked petrified when they are batting. When you can't hook, pull and look in problems when the ball is coming at your ribs then your whole batting gets affected. You can see the Indian batsmen not getting on the front foot properly, not getting behind the ball properly, playing the ball so late because it is already on them etc. I've hardly seen India bat but since the T20 World Cup in England when the world was bowling short to them I predicted before the England series they wouldn't score more than 275 in an innings, they had no bowling to get Eng out twice, India's best hope was a draw if Dravid/Shewag scored big, Shewag would be a complete failure when he arrived etc. Now seriously if I can spot that why can't the India selectors, coaches spot that.

  • Imad_K on January 8, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    All I hear are excuses. Check the history of my comments on Cricinfo before the England and Aus tests - I said with the reasons that India would get thrashed. They mention the tests in SA - tell me how many runs the Indian batsmen produced - they were lucky to draw that series against the chokers. India can't make any excuses against England - that was really the true test because Eng have both the bowling and the batting. This Aus team in both batting and bowling must be one of the weakest Aus teams I have seen for ages. Like I have explained time and again India has two problems. Their bowling is weak - FACT, so to all the people commenting there is no point blaming the bowling. With weak bowling you will really struggle to win tests even against a weak Aus batting side. The other problem is their batting - with such great batsmen they can't even put up a fight. The problem is that India can't bat on quick bouncy tracks against good fast bowlers - FACT.

  • stalefresh on January 8, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    the assessment by national chief selector is atrocious. i can site many examples where test matches are won in batting depth and quality of bowling. In a long test series the top 5 batsmen in each team even each other out - the difference comes down to those gutsy 100 runs by lower middle batter and tail. MCG test is a prime example of this - they reached 300 from 200 for 6, and then 250 from 150 for 6. India reached 280 from 200 for 2.

    Lastly, India's bowling has always been notorious because this country is obsessed with batters and flat pitches. Mr Kris is not blaming the bowling because he expects nothing from them anyways - that is the indian mentality. If we had scored more runs - we would have maybe drawn the test match or maybe with pressure of runs won a test match too. But I am afraid only quality bowlers will consistently make you win test matches and series abroad.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 8, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Yeah Cheeka, batting didn't click as a unit is it? And the bowlers, the captain and the fielders put together took 4 Australian wickets. Ring some bells there Cheeka? Hopeless thinking from Cheeka. He was never a good thinker while batting/captaining. Now he is showing that he is not even a good reader of the game as it unfolded right in front of his eyes on the tv screen.

  • on January 8, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    The BCCI should stop administrating a "Pensioners' Club. Voluntary Separation should be offered to the aging non-performers.

  • Perfect.Stranger on January 8, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    The indignity of recent events calls for a head to roll. I say lets sack the 12th man. That will solve the problem for sure...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 8, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Yeah Cheeka, batting didn't click as a unit is it? And the bowlers, the captain and the fielders put together took 4 australian wickets. Ring some bells there Cheeka? Hopeless thinking from Cheeka. He was never a good thinker while batting/captaining. Now he is showing that he is not even a good reader of the game as it unfolded right in front of his eyes on the tv screen.

  • Nampally on January 8, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    I would respond to Srikant by asking What did the India bowling do. It was simply attrocious gave away 620 runs to claim just on wicket. This was really the turning point. The team was so demoralised after such a poor bowling effort that they could not get up to batting in an uphill battle. Ishant, Yadev & Ashwin failed collectively. Only ZAK bowled very well with the new ball with no support from the other end. That was all the bowling India has. The real answer is India need to send wicket taking Seamers like Dinda & Irfan Pathan. If I was the India selectors I would flow both of them in for the Perth test match. Drop Ishant & Kohli to put these 2 new bowlers in. Bring in Rohit for VVS. Instead of looking at the radar gun look at the wickets taken.Dinda & Irfan have taken most wickets in Ranji this year on lifeless wickets. They also bowled quite a few overs - 25 per day. They are fit & good to walk in the XI.

  • on January 8, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    I agree with avsandeep . the more we delay the introduction of players like Ajinkya Rahane, Purjara, Rohit Sharma in the test squad the more it will be difficult later on. we dont want these future fabs to be rusting on the bench.finally they may loose form and become unlucky at the highest level like W.Jaffer. But also Ishant's role in the team must be considered.. his bowling average has fallen below 37. time to move on.

  • RK.Chandru on January 8, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    One can understand and digest a Gavaskar or M. Amarnath commenting on VVS Laxman. But, a Gaekwad with a test batting average of 30, one S. Manjrekar with an average of 37 and another gentleman K. More with an average of 25 are commenting on VVS who has a healthy average of 46.5 with 17 centuries and 56 fifties to his credit is riduculous. It's said, "an idle mind is the workshop of devils" and these idle minds with vested interests are trying their best to end someone's career and to build someone else's. Poor them! VVS must have seen this many times before... being made a scapegoat when things go wrong for the team and never given the kind of accolades he deserved when he saved the team from a crisis. He's the most hapless, unsung hero of Indian cricket. I only wish at least his state government (AP) showers him fittingly as and when he retires and honours him in the best possible manner. I do not see BCCI doing it anyway. Let the "empty and bare vessels" keep mum for now.

  • alburrard on January 8, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    india got a shlacking in england their batsman had a problem playing on bouncy tracks. nothing was done to address the issue. played a series in favorable conditions against a low ranked team and thought everything was ok. think again!!

    tour of australia is bringing out the same problems that existed before. world champs win in ALL playing conditions not just in some.

    among other problems Dhoni is himself one, his batting is poor and has not produced an innings of substance. he is good one day captain at best and should remain there.

    people are talking about cutting ashwin and getting bhajji, ashwin second highest average on the series after tendulkar, one there is talk of getting new blood and then getting bhajji, who is a man of the past, how long will he last? plus he cannot bat worth nuts.

    kohli too is not a 5 day player - he is really a one day cricketer.

    india's choice is to loose with aging players or loose some new talent with future.

    4 - 0 is inevitable in any case!

  • CriKLover1234 on January 8, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    India only wants records and time to sack srikanth and dhoni from test cricket panel. Irfan has the best all rounder record and best bowling figures in international after ZAK and the golden boy has been ignored just coz Dhoni feels threatened by him. Dhoni just got lucky as India plays 50% of their matches in India. Let him take a break and prove he can deliver in test cricket., SACK DHONI and SRIKANTH. BRING IRFAN AND MAKE ZAK THE CAPTAIN IN TEST CRICKET. PHASE OUT DRAVID LAXMAN AND DROP VIRAT AND ALL OTHER NON PERFORMERS.

  • FrankMeister on January 8, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Yeah I agree, but I think we shouldn't lose sight of our strength in bowling. The 3 bowlers + Ojha instead of Ashwin should play along with Rohit replacing VVS. Now we become formidable, even away. Rohit brings an extra fielder as well as ojha who is a good fielder. We have 2 extra fielders now and it gives me no doubt to say that we will win the next 2 matches.

  • on January 8, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Come on BCCI, yr country is part of BRIC. Yr country will soon be a super power. YR economy is in good shape. But the only sport I can recall u excel in is on the decline. It was the English, now the Aussies, can't let this happen, the world is watching. U get my drift.

  • on January 8, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Australia cant play Swing bowl well, But there is no Swing Bowler in current team !

    Why Irfan Pathan is left out when he is bowling with same old swing & was taking wickets ??????

  • samonly007200 on January 8, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Srikanth claims he has picked the best side. Irfan Pathan should have been selected... He performed well lately and also when given chance. He is a swing bowler and should have replaced a swing bowler.. Praveen kumar... He picked up some rookies.. Who do not even deserve a place in od side.. Irfan Pathan has a previous aus experience too... The was abosultly no logic in not picking him... Just show the bias he has towards him.. Not good for Indian cricket" Shrikanth should be replaced with Anil Kumble or may be saurav ganguly need new young faces in selection panel

  • nachami on January 8, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    Why to accuse the players so much.. I hear people talking about Dhoni stepping down! Who is the next captain? Sewag? Gambhir? I see no charm in them. Delhi Daredevil bottom most in IPL!! What was the Captain doing? Whether it is a local cricket or international cricket, a Captain should have fighiting spirit. Look at the body language of both Sewag and Gambir - Nothing. Kohli? A big No. Why people are against Ashwin? What is the mistake he has done? He took 3 in first innings at Melbourne. 1 in second innings! Dravid dropped Hussey off Ashwin bowling - Match went away from us only because of that! At Sydney, nobody could do anything because of the wicket. Had Zaheer and others are tooo good, they should have taken the reamining wickets! why stopped only with 4 wickets? While Australian fast bowlers did so well, why is that our fast bolwers could not do? That means, the witcket is good. Our batsmen should have played well against Austrralian bowling.!!

  • usernames on January 8, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Everyone would want a change in times like these and it's apparent in the comments section here as well. I, personally, would get rid of Laxman and Sehwag. Open with Rahane & Gambhir, Rohit, Tendulkar, Kohli, Dravid, Ashwin, Dhoni, Ishant, Zaheer, Yadav should be the lineup for Perth at least. You must shield your newcomers while at the same time give them responsibility and enough time to get themselves in and play a big innings. Laxman and Sehwag don't feature in India's future plans and need to be shown the door; especially Sehwag. He fails more than he succeeds. When he succeeds, he sets the game in favor of India but how many times does he succeed? A good player should be able to adapt his game and play aggressively when need be.

  • on January 8, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    Nobel Prize should be awarded to Srikkanth for his wonderful discovery!

  • on January 8, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Half in joke: Sons of Srikkant, Gavaskar, Sachin Tendullkar, Roger Binny,and Shivlal Yadav, should play the top five batting positions.Will be keeping in line with the social and political ethos of the nation. Is the occasional commentator Bedi, Bishen Singh Bedi's son? Then he should also be in the team!

  • Herath-UK on January 8, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Sri Lanka have shown very good encouraging signs winning without Murali on a fast bouncy wicket with some new emerging stars.Gambir,Kholi, Raina or Jadeja etc do not seem to have taken the cue yet and as for the Lankans it will be a challenge to India to show that they could win a Test match oneday when Shewag,Tendulkar & Dravid retire. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • on January 8, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    I think one of the significant reasons for Indian Batting Failures compared to last tour in Australia is seeing through the New Ball. India do not need middle order exposed to the new ball before 20-30 overs. Shewag is Shewag. That means India need to focus on Test Specialist Opener who can see through atleast 20 overs in Australia irrespective of score. That is the team selection strategy Srikanth failed. He is trying to move blame away from him. I don't think Rahane can full fill that objective neither. Only other choice India has is replacing Kohi/Laxman with Rohit. I can't tell if this prove to be a great choice. Selectors did not give very many batting options for this tour.

  • on January 8, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    The cause for Batting Failure is IPL Mentality. This Team India is IPL servant and completely unfit and useless to play International Cricket or Test Cricket. IPL has taken betting to highest level. IPL is not a Cricketing event it is a worst commerical event. Team India and BCCI is completely focussed on IPL. Because of IPL, Team India is losing skill, inspiration, motivation and fitness to play Test Cricket. These curators, coaches and BCCI officials are working for IPL growth rather than Cricket growth. Until IPL is thrashed, Team India is not going to perform well in other tournaments. IPL is completely meaningless and obsolete Tournament. Test, ODI & T20 Cricket is great to watch between Countries unlike IPL Teams which look like clubs. Test Cricket is ultimate to watch on sportive pitches. But IPL is making these pitches Lifeless.

  • on January 8, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Australian speed bowlers giving more air to the ball for better swinging ;On total contrast our speed bowlers were encouraged by the bounce of the wicket, bowls short of length deliveries which is getting smashed by the Australians ; Somebody like coach Duncan Fletcher have to tell the importance of bowling fuller length ; Indians have to shed their fear of bowling fuller length deliveries in Australia; Now also there is time to square the series As for as batting is concerned,Dhoni can move up the order after Dravid's wicket ; It is not a bad idea to send a pinch hitter once the indian are two wickets down within 50 runs; His major task has to demoralise the opposition bowling line and length

  • on January 8, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    My team for the third test:

    Gambhir Sehwag Dravid Tendulkar Laxman Dhoni Irfan Pathan Ashwin Zaheer Ishant Praveen Kumar

  • on January 8, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    @Kavindeven - Salute - I laughed so much reading your comments! uncontrollable. You're hilarious!

  • on January 8, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    it happens...when you win...no1 utters a single word....but if you r losing....every1 comes and opens mouth...its very much natural....they are playing at international level.they know very well where they are falling behind...and they really know how to rise from the fall...they did it before...let us support them.. and hope they will do better in upcoming matches..and its fact...if they will not win any match this time, they wont be able to win in near series in aus.. as AUSTRALIA HAVE WEAKEST TEAM WHILE INDIA HAVE STRONGEST TEAM ON PAPERS ON THIS TOUR. no player is injured..TRIO sachin, dravid, laxman are in side, Zak is there..whom else u need.. and Aussies are demoralized after SA and NZ series!! they really have some talented but younger players....Ind can do better than them.. all the need to click as a Unit!!!

  • LillianThomson on January 8, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    In 2012 India has refused to play Pakistan - if this was football, FIFA would expel them for political interference. That means that there are only Test series v Sri Lanka and NZ on the subcontinent before a series against England. In my opinion, that means that 2 out of Sehwag, Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar need to be replaced in both of those series to allow their replacements to bed in and get used to Test cricket before England arrive. Ideally they would start the change now: retire Laxman and Sehwag from Test cricket immediately and permanently. Then tell both Dravid and Tendulkar to announce their retirements for the end of the England series or face the same public humiliation which Sehwag and Laxman brought upon themselves by not retiring when they should have. If the big players are too selfish to know when to go, they should have been axed by now. Even Tendulkar. The failure to do so made these defeats happen.

  • espncricinfofan on January 8, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    World's Best Ever Batsmen.... Top 3, 1---Sachin 2---Bradman 3---Gavaskar

  • Pantherscc on January 8, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    The comments from cricket administrators, analysts and fans surprises me. To me it is very clear that the only reason India is loosing tests is because they have only one international level bowler (Zaheer Khan) and have probably one of the worst fielding side. Out of the last six tests even he was unavailable in three and retired hurt after bowling few overs in the 4th. No team can win Tests without world class bowling and a fielding unit which can support it.

    A good bowling units can make 200+scores look defendable. Unfortunately with India even if they score 350, they are likely to end up on the loosing side. Slide for India continue until they address the real problem which is BOWLING not batting.

  • phanifunny on January 8, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Dhoni is the best captain we have at the moment. Every one will have success & Failures. Bring in Rohit Sharma. Be bold in decisions there is nothing to loose now. We should be more aggressive....

  • on January 8, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    this captain simply is nt capable enough of willing his players to play out of their skins n fight..people like ganguly and kumble brought the best out of the players..but this guy sist back n enjoys..individual brilliance of players hv bailed us out on few occasions ..but that doesn t click always..here we have got a spinner who is 23-24 ..is so un athletic that its painful ...shows no will to attack...sits back..n then shamelessly says the pitch had nothing in t

  • on January 8, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    its nt about old war horses or new..its about the strangle hold of CSK on indian cricket team..a sort of clique has formed in which as long as u keep quiet n go along ..u keep ur places in the side..results dont matter..in dhoni we have a captain who sits back all the time..the PR machine give s him all the credit of wins n the defeat becomes everybody else's failure.

  • phanifunny on January 8, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Dhoni is the best captain we have at the moment. Every one will have success & Failures. Bring in Rohit Sharma. Be bold in decisions there is nothing to loose now. We should be more aggressive....

  • Nish8738 on January 8, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    Come to india we will prepare a dust bowl for you aussies and english players!!!! we will play aswhin,ojha,bhajji,rahul sharma and we will see how you pass 200!! match will be over in 2 days.

  • RandyOZ on January 8, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    What is surprising is how the selectors are burying their head in the sand. Laxman is clearly done. Look at him play his footwork was terrible. Dravid and Tandulkar are worth keeping for maybe a year but Laxman surely has to go now. Ishant fails to take wickets and needs to be dropped for an emerging young Indian fast bowler like Yadav. People were saying Yadav was ineffective in the 2nd test but he is young and hence a confidence bowler. When the batting is getting towelled up (by the best attack in the wo0rld admittedly) there isn't much fire to spark the bowlers.

  • chapathishot on January 8, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    This is not the right time to make changes or calling the heads of the three biggies.Investing for long term future was to be done at least three years ago.The Selectors should have rested Sachin,Lax and Wall in series at home on rotation basis and also in away series other than major ones.The ting was selectors were worried about the players and their FANs.I put it in capital because many of those commenting now are included in the group.The players also obliged seeing easy runs against weaker teams at home to improve their scores. Now the TEST future of India is down only after these players retire.One day is different cup of tea.This team was built in the early 2000s by Ganguly and Wright and the benefits were reaped by Dhoni and Kirsten.Now Fletcher and Dhoni has to build a team and return the favor.But the real problem is the shortsightedness by all and sundry.

  • bullpit1 on January 8, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    I didn't know India was famous for circusses, with Srikkanth as ring leader. So there were no excuses for having a dunderhead of a captain who sets ultra defensive fields and the pie chuckers who bowl smashable balls outside the off stump. Have a look at the Aussie bowlers, they are Einsteins compared to the Indians. My preditions are still there, 4-0 result, no indian will make a century or take 5 wickets and Dravid will flop like his last series here.

  • on January 8, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    India was very much depending on an aging lot. They have passed thier glory and best times. These batters and trundlers and srikanth bask on past glory. If this is the best out of one billion people , god save indian cricket because all this aging wonders one day have to retire. Then what is srikanth is going to do

  • rahulcricket007 on January 8, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    @sameera de silva . we don't need chandimal who is more likely an odi player like raina . also your sl team needs smarweera more than indian team because only smarweera was successfull in sa tour . jayawardne didn't score a 50 & sanga scored only 178 runs from 6 innngs . average 30 . dilshan we all know is like sehwag which plays with irresponsibilty . now go & cool offf .

  • TheAceofSpades on January 8, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Indian test team cannot move ahead unless the old war horses retire. We have to think about the future. BCCI has to take some drastic steps to infuse young blood in the team........ Sachin Palai.

  • rtmohanlal on January 8, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    India's performance was pathetic. The reason i feel are.. not good batting and really pathetic bowling. But pls leave Sachin alone. He has scored 226 runs from 4 inns. Why is every one blaming him ? Hype about 100th 100 is not his creation.Also look at other batters. Sehwag is dangerous when he performs. But when do he perform? Dravid anchor man.Where is he? And Gambhir too ..Laxman 2nd inns player.But here ... New comer Kohli and bowlers... waste to say the least. Leave alone the man who has scored 226 runs at 56.5 from 2 tests.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 8, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    also i want to know one thing that why ishant had been selected regularly in the test team after his pathetic performances on eng tour & sa tour . when ishant toured every one was impresed by him . then he played an important part in win over aus in 2008 home series in india but after then he has been inconsistent . he didn't threat any batsmen in indian pitches . then there was talk among cricket experts that he need green & bouncy wkts . but in sa tour he was rubbish instead of him sreesanth picked a 5wkt haul in capetown . ishant was pathetic in eng tour . keep bowling short & wide outside offstump & getting thrashed by kp & cook all over the ground . he picked only 2 wkts at mcg & is rubbish at mcg . he had an experience of 44 test matches , in this matches he has an average of 37 . we don't need bowlers like him which has average of 37 & only 2 5wkt hauls in 44 test matches . it 's time to drop him from test team .

  • popcorn on January 8, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    The difference between Australia and India is that Australia were swift to conduct the Argus Review and make sweeping changes to get back to the Number One spot in Test Cricket. Australia's performances in Sri Lanka and South Africa and against New Zealand at home were a mixed bag,but there were pointers.They had two Away Series and one home series to reflect after the Ashes defeat and implementing the Argus Review recommendations.Australia's performance at the MCG and the SCG shows that they are starting to miove forward away from the pack. India,on the other hand, did nothing.First they developed a feelgood factor of revenge by inviting the English Team home and beating them. Then they got West Indies home, and OBVIOUSLY,thrashed them.Again felt good and invincible. Then they came to Australia and got thrashed,their bloated egos pricked like a balloon. This is the FIRST time, Srikanth, who usually papers over defeats, has woken up.He forgot to mention that the bowlers did not perform

  • on January 8, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    poor captaincy and ..poor bating response from senior player made our team worst !

  • on January 8, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    i am pakistani fan, if i refresh my memory then world cup 2003 team of pakistan was consist of LEGENDS OF PAKISTAN, wasim, waqar, inzi, shoaib, mohammad yousaf, saeed answer etc, but we lost in the first round and almost half of our LEGENDS retired within 2 years after that defeat.This is one of the best indian side in ages, but where things are wrong??? indians never relied on their bowling, it was their batting.if indians have to win, they have to outclass the opponent bowling.Learn from pakistan, who always play with their bowling and never relied on their batting.Pakistan can bowled all the 11 players even if score is less then 200 to win, but can indians chase down 500+ score to win the matches??? i request to BCCI to think that BOWLING does not win you matches, its the actual strength that matters, and indian strenght is batting, so please prepare your batsmen to chase 500+ runs , if you actually want to win the test overseas

  • on January 8, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Mr Srikanth, please stop the blame game. Our batting unit is the best in the world. The bowlers also are good. I thought India did real well to have the Aussies at 37/3. But wot after that ? Our captain goes on brain freeze mode, sets utlra defensive fiels, no close in catchers. And this has happened time and again. Bowlers ge the opposition on the mat , and MSD ensures they are standing on thier two feet again. Opponents like Australia should be down and dusted if they are on the mat. If you give them one chance to get up , they will fight thier way to victory. Surely MSD and all the others know this by now. Batsmen can be dropped, bowlers can ber dropped for bad form. Cant a captain be sacked for pathetic captaincy ?

  • on January 8, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    Still India could not replace Ganuly's spot but ppl scream for BIG 3's heads. Just replace Laxman & Sewag with Rohit & Rahane. Give Kohli next 2 more Tests.

  • US_Indian on January 8, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Shrikant is saying that the Aussies played better cricket than Indians-What a genius, I dont think you need to be a PHD to observe and comment like this. F/O you and your favorites. My nine commandments to make India look better: #1-To start with no personal preferences, like regional,religious or any other sort over talent and performance. #2. No one should take their place for granted including the captain #3.first criteria in selection should be emphasis on fielding both ground fielding and catching then only whether he can bat or bowl should be the criteria. #4.Athleticism and fitness. #5. No more foreign coaches, give chances to our ex-cricketers who have been neglected who have passion and willingness to contribute not just financially motivated. #6. Ban the damn IPL circus. #7. If seniors dont quit on their own have guts show them the door the sooner the better. #8.No more importance to individual performance and records. #9.Take gamble and bring in some revolutionary changes.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 8, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    after eng tour you said that there will be enquiry of bad performance of indian team. but we didn't saw any enquiry was done . why????? if you think that overseas performance of india don't matter then you are extremely wrong . we indian fans remember overseas win like perth , nottingham , durban for more time rather than home ground wins . ganguly once said " IT IS NOT THE HOME PERFORMANCE OF INDIAN TEAM WHICH WILL MAKE THEM A GOOD TEAM IN CATEGORY OF AUS , SA . IT IS HOW INDIA PERFORMS ABROAD WHICH WILL BE CONSIDRED GLOBALLY & MAKE THEM ONE OF THE BEST ". cricinfo please publish all the 3 comments ..

  • on January 8, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    they say batting wsnt gud and blah blah blah

    sum1 tell me..what role Ishant sharma was playing there.. was he there only to tak wicket of Ponting.. nt a single bowler cud break d aussies partnership. ashwin was picked as a substitute of bhajji..bt i feel now he becm d substitute of batsman(Sehwag,Dhoni,kohli)

  • Fareedhussain on January 8, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Srikkanth and Dhoni always have maintained that they have picked the best side. They have left Irfan Pathan out, who has the experience in Australian conditions and the best swing bowler in India along with Praveen Kumar. It is strange that inspite of being fit and proving match fitness he was ignored and rookies like Mithun and Vinay Kumar were picked, who could hardly gurantee their places in ODI's. Apart from that Irfan's batting could also have added some teeth to the lower middle order who are like 'Aya Raam, Gaya Raam' phrase against Aussie bowling. I think Dhoni is especially biassed for players coming from UP, Delhi. He persists them for long time inspite of their little talent. The Best example is calling RP Singh who was vacationing in US and asking him to bowl in England as soon as he landed from the plane. The result was a big disaster as you all know.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 8, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    another example of your south player policy is murali vijay . which was part of test team for more than 2 years even when he didn't play any significant innings . he kept getting out on low scores in matches & you kept selecting him . last time rajasthan became ranji champion with players like aakash chopra who scores most runs . but you didn't give a chance to him . pankaj singh , a fast bowler with height of 6ft 5inch & bowling speed b/w 135-145 kph picked 49 wkts from 8 ranji matches including 4 5wkt hauls & a 10wkt haul on dead pitches & was the most successful fast bowler of the season 2010-2011. but you didn't even consider a single time in test team . why ???because he cames from rajasthan not from south india . you select raina in the test team even knowing he is not suitable for test cricket . WASIM JAFAR who scored centuries in eng tour of 2007 & sa tour of 2006 was a very good batsmen but you dropped him from team & never picked him again . continue..

  • avsandeep on January 8, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    It is better that Sachin, Dravid and VVS should retire. Both Sachin and Dravid will be 39 years old this year and if they continue for 2 years more they would be 41 years and kill the aspirations of young players. You do not expect Rohit Sharma to make his debut at the age of 30. I agree these players have done a fine job, but it is the time to go. It is better we take younger players and lose( they woud atleast fight), rather these ageing players who are lacking the attitude and application.

  • BattingAllrounder on January 8, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    The result of the first two tests would have been the same (or better) had India gone without the experience of Tendulkar, Laxman & Sehwag, I mean if the Indian team was: Rahane, Gambhir, Dravid, RG Sharma, V Kohli, W Saha, MS Dhoni, Ashwin, Z Khan, I Sharma, U Yadav. I don't understand why people who follow cricket so closely still refer to Indian Batting as "strong". Come on, strength of names will not help u win test matches.... do we really need a test team that can win only home matches?

  • rahulcricket007 on January 8, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    no, srikanth , you r wrong batting & bowling both were bad . i honestly beleive that you should step down as chief selector & gives this duty to someone like ganguly which can search talents in the country & put in test team . ganguly was mentioning on a news channel that selctors never come to watch domestic first calss matches . why??? you r present in ipl match of csk . you r so irresponsible . you selct zaheer on the eng tour knowing that his fitness is in doubt . then you repeat the mistake in aus , where ishant 's fitness was suspicious before mcg test . in media you kept saying " ALL IS WELL " . why did you discard pujara ?? he was a very talented player . also you select most players from south even knowing that they are not good players . like vinay kumar, mithun . you alre4ady know that they are not good bowlers . you should have selected irfan pathan who was the man of the match in perth test which we won . continue......

  • Nityana on January 8, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    - There has been amost no team effort from this side on overseas tours. When Dravid was battling heroically in England, there was no batting partner to support him. In Australia, Sachin is batting well, but he is adversely affected by the fact that there is no middle order to bat along with him

    Similarly, when Zaheer got 3 wickets quickly at Sydney on Day 1 end, he had no support from the other bowlers , who should have got at least a wicket each.

    In contrast, Clarke had great support from Ponting and Hussey, who didn't throw their wickets away. In bowling, if Hilfenhaus or Pattinson was prominent at one stage, the others were always around to chip in with some wickets of their own, even Michael Clarke !

  • on January 8, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    MR. Srikkanth, It is easy to blame but first you look on your own records of Test matchs and tell how many times you have converted fifties into hundreds. You can not blame Sachin's batting performance. He is very consistant and done well in both test matches. You are entirely wrong blaming Sachin. It would be better for you to think twice before you pin point some one who is rendering services for the country for more than two years. He has started his test career in your captaincy and doing wonders since than and proved that he is the world's BEST BATSMAN.

  • ansram on January 8, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    Batting didn't clcik. Bowling didn't click.Fielding didn't click. No Excuses. What a postmortem analysis of a lost game!!

    To India's consolation it may be stated that the six losses on a trot were to really good teams. The loss is acceptable if they had fought with bat and/or ball. There was no fight because most of the defeats have been huge, including massive innings defeats. Can India compete against a county side in England or a state team in Australia? I doubt it,in their present form.

  • aks1812 on January 8, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Mr. Srikant should insult the intelligence of the fans by stating such obvious statments. Every in the world knows that India lost because of the batting failure. The big question that everyone needs to answer is why the batting failed. And as far as this being the best thing that India has at the moment, it's a big lie. There is no back up opener in the team with any sort of experience because they were in such a hurry to discard mithun. And look at the back up bowlers they have sent. By not including IRFAB PATHAN, the selectors have given no choice to the captain to make any changes in the bowling department or to even think about going in with five bowlers with ashwin and pathan to make up for the 7th batsman.Both Dhni and Srikant are expert in stating the obvious and avoiding the real pertinent questions. As for as for the coch, he is payed to not do anything. GoD save INDIAN TEAM

  • itisme on January 8, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    "The best team we have got at the moment?" Mr Srikant, have you lost your mind? You have appointed the worst man as the captain. You have thrown 3 ageing batsmmen into the team who are unable to move their limbs. They are just good enough to become grand-dads. Then you have an opener, who would smack the daylight off the balls on flat tracks, but would cringe and hop when the ball is bowled fast and rises towards his rib or throat. Come on, Mr Srikanth. Why, Rohit Sharma is not getting a chance? Why we donot let Rahane and Pujara play? If you cannot take decisions on your own and if you feel pressured to select particular players, then resign gracefully. I have great respect for you.

  • endoftest on January 8, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    Per Dhoni bowlers need cushion of runs, but what is stopping them from getting the aurtralia out. forget about what india scored, atleast as bowlers you need to get wickets whch will automatically put pressure on batsmen. ishant is good for nothing get mithun or vinay. Need to give sehwag and gambir to bat alteast 20 hours or till lunch. dont worry about run rate. If same 3 bowlers bowl aussies know how to belt them again.

  • a1234s on January 8, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    India won at Perth last time only because the Aussies decided to smile and win after the SCG test. There is no way Australia is going to repeat that. India is headed for a thrashing at Perth. Tendulkar please please please... you need to score a huge century for India to draw this match..

    that saying, with Pattison out.. it could be a Mcgrath moment (ashes 2005).

  • Bigmoose on January 8, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Srikkanth had excuses during his playing days as a batsman, and there is no difference as a selector.. When you lose a test series 4-0 against a rather ordinary test attack by historical standards, its time to change.. There is no harm in losing, but when you lose with 3 guys who are over 37, you are really missing the opportunity to teach a new generation of players what it is to play in foreign conditions and learn from it.. Sad state of affairs..

  • on January 8, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    There is no motivation seen in this indian team .There is no hunger seen in them to perform .May be Dhoni should play a part in this.Garry kirsten & Dhoni did this very well during WC I this is the only thing thats lacking.

  • on January 8, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    i think indias bowling is also not 100%.who said we have the best startin 11.we miss sreesanth who can swing the ball.certainly prefer him over ishant

  • kurups on January 8, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    well said Sanjiv..commercial interests made BCCI blind to all that we know was sure to happen! My prediction for this series was 3-0 with one test drawn wiith weather interruption...and boy am I getting close? Dhoni is just a cool calm guy with excellent man management skills but not adept at tactical thinking to win a test match!!but i dont think we have anyone capable to replace him. So us fans.. lets live in shame while the BCCI prospers.

  • kuttynaga on January 8, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    we need to get rahane,wasim jaffer,irfan pathan,rpsingh,sreesanth,praveen kumar if we want to win and no players in this team in form except sachin

  • YorkshirePudding on January 8, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    As an outsider looking in, and based on what I saw last summer, there are three things that need to be done, (1) Get players fitness up, especially in the field, (2) Give Fletcher more say in the squad selection, (3) Start replacing old heads regardless of if they want to stay or not..........In the fielding department the slips are generally too close together and could do with stepping up a yard,, fielders dont run after the ball, and if they do often give up too early.....In the selection policy DF needs more say in the squad, and to be able to drop players that arnt performing from the squad, he also needs a captain that shares his vision otherwise it wont work....Sadly its time for Laxman, Dravid and SRT to hang up thier bats. with the rest put on notice that if they dont perform on the field they are out, regardless of thier profile.....Saldy this requires a change in attidude and approach from the top down, otherwise nothing will change.

  • on January 8, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Com'n Mr. Srikkanth.You said that Dhoni was honest in saying that our batting has failed. Even a schoolboy knows it. This is not the first time our batsmen have failed.Even during Windies & England tours, apart from Dravid, what was the contribution from other 10 players, where we were not able to cross 300 mark in any innings? Recently, NZ , after losing the first Test badly, were all out for 150 runs in their first innings against the same Australian team at Hobart. But their bowlers fought back in both innings and won the match for NZ.In Sydney, instead of our batsmen, our 4 bowlers 'scored' centuries.We have to accept that we have failed in all the departments viz, batting, bowling, fielding, captainy and also coaching by Fletcher & Co.

  • kumar309 on January 8, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    I personally feel Rohit Sharma and Irfan Pathan should have been selected for this tour. Indians have paid the price of playing Kohli who was a complete lackluster. Irfan Pathan has been doing extremely good in domestic cricket and has got his rhythm back as a swing bowler. Its already 0-2 in the series and it is extremely tough for them to move on from now on.

  • on January 8, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    Well i think from now on rohit, kohli and other youngsters should be given a full run in tests at home. that is the best way forward. they can settle down and slowly they can start playing well in away tours also.

  • JonB007 on January 8, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    Sirkant, first of all you have to admit you had not DAMN plan for the future of Indian cricket, the Indian team did not have a bench so how do you expect about 14/15 players playing 365 days a year in all formats of cricket. the current seniors which everyone wants to retire and if their retire you have no one left. Second, BCCI has never encouraged pitches in India to be made even in the slightest way so that all Indian players can adapt to playing conditions in other countries. I do not put the FIRST blame on the team, because you(BCCI) had no plans to keep your players fresh and primed to go into a series with England & Australia. BCCI should invest some money in local Indian cricket preparing pitches which are equally good to the batsmen, fast bowlers & spinners. This way all our players current and upcoming prepare for top class Indian cricket or International cricket.

  • on January 8, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    I fully agree with Krikeet-fan's comment. No one is commenting the poor captency of Mr. Dhoni. You can analyse and find out his so called achievements, mostly of the inform contribution of some individuals in the team. And Mr.dhoni is lucky enough to get those victories in Indian Sub Continent mainly. But not due to his capability as a captain. More over Indian cricket authority is mainly looking after money and publicity. Most of thepresent Indian stars including Sachin Tendulkar are over rated. This team cant achiece anything in the present form. They need complete restructuring of the team and BCCI. Otherwise in a few yrs if not in months we will be rated below Bangladesh in Test Cricket

  • on January 8, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    Com'n Srikkanth. You are telling that Dhoni was honest in telling that our batting has not clicked. Even a schoolboy can tell this.Even in Windies and England tours, apart from Rahul Dravid, what was the contribution from other 10 players becuase we could not score even 300 runs in an innings. Just a few weeks ago, in Hobart, NZ were all out for 150 runs against the same Australia, but their bowlers bowled extremely well in both the innings & won the match for NZ. It is a team work.Instead of our batsmen, our 4 bowlers 'scored' centuries. Let us accept the fact, that we have failed miserably in batting, bowling, fielding, captaincy and caoching. Find out the solution for all these and we will win Test series abroad.

  • on January 8, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    You wouldn't believe - the moment Ricky Ponting arrives at the crease - his best part is he keeps rotating the strike by taking quick singles with an occasional hit to the fans. By the time we realize - he has already put 30-40 easy and quick runs without struggling.

    So Indians should take heart from the opposition and learn to adapt those things in their batting too. When Sachin is batting, Ponting keenly observes his batting technique so he is still learning.

    Are these slip fielders doing chatting all the time - are they discussing about what to do during the tour plan about their dining out and visiting places. this is no joke but they should learn how even a tailender fights it out to stay at the crease for long and shows better techniques to play our bowling.

    When Pattinson and Siddle can put up a great show - then why not Indians. Australians and England do not come from heaven and India from Hell.

    Take pride to play for India and give your best, stronger mindsets

  • on January 8, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    Guys, Stop diverting people's mindset by telling that the opposition played better than us. Why not accept that we do not match the skills of the international players and time and again our techniques stand exposed for 6 consequetive test matches.

    You can be so assured about the other teams lower order batsman, their attitude and their way of fighting it out against all odds with Never say die attitude they play. It is not once - time and again they have pulled their team out of trouble and reposed faith in their team hardwork and kept the winning spirit alive.

    Indians have no attitude or preparedness to stay at the wicket for long. Either they get too bogged down and not scoring runs or they gift their wicket because that is the easiest way of escaping rather face the opposition bowlers.

    Take the example of Ricky Ponting - whenever he comes to bat - He puts his head down and like a small rat starts working on his task. He does not even look up to the opposition

  • Rohit7601 on January 8, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    If I was Srikkanth I would have taken following steps immediately for Perth Test: 1. Open with Dravid instead of Sehwag 2. Drop Sehwag. I know it is harsh on him but someone has to make hard decisions. He is good at good batting conditions but will fail on bouncy tracks like Perth 9 out of 10. I don't believe in gambling when risk is very high. 3. Drop Kohli and bring Rohit (I think everyone will agree) 4. Get Irfan Pathan in place of Sehwag and since Dravid will open, Irfan can come at number 7 or 8 depending on the situation. Getting Irfan will give added advantage of an extra seam bowler along with four existing bowlers. This will help bowling department immensely.Team for the next two tests: 1. Gautam 2. Dravid 3. Sachin 4. Laxman 5. Rohit 6. Dhoni 7. Irfan 8. Ashwin 9. Ishant 10. Zaheer 11. Umesh Long term will be to get some good bouncy pitches at home along with spinning tracks. Judge the new player based on his domestic performance on the seaming track and spinning track both.

  • moko58 on January 8, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    If we compare Indian cricketers with compatriots elsewhere, they are probably the most well paid. They are venerated to near God status, which is not true in other countries. Indians play a surfeit of cricket and there is not much hunger left in the seniors. These may be the reasons for their lack of killer spirit.

  • on January 8, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    Some have asked for wholesale sackings in the Indian batting, which I don't think will work. Worst are the call for Tendulkar to retire. His average over his entire career is a tiny bit above 56, and on the current tour he has the highest average (again, a bit above 56). He hasn't scored any amazing centuries yet, but his scoring is still excellent. While I'm happy with a whitewash from an Aussie point of view, from a cricket point of view, he should stay until he chooses to retire or his batting is not up to it. Some Australians have called for 3 heads over the last year or two (Ponting/Clark/Hussey), but they continue to answer their critics with the bat, in spite of a few lean periods. Perhaps more work on non-Indian pitches and less T20 would sharpen their test skills again.

  • dalersinghazrot on January 8, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    rohit is better player than kohli. so just give a chance to rohit. moreover he is a good spinner as well

  • on January 8, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    Continued from previous post..... That shows everything. The batsmen HAVE to score with more consistency - else India will get nowhere in this tour. As for Kohli - Drop him. Even Umesh and Zaheer have higher averages than him in this series. Looked totally gullible to the bowlers. Time that Rohit Sharma deserves a try.

  • on January 8, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    The batting has been the main problem, that I agree. The chief problem is that the batsmen don't perform consistently enough. Look at the scores made by each batsman in the 4 innings they have played: Gambhir - 3, 13, 0, 83 - avg 24.75 Sehwag - 67, 7, 30, 4 - avg 27 Dravid - 68, 10, 5, 29 - avg 28 Tendulkar - 73, 32, 41, 80 - avg 56.50 Laxman - 2, 1, 2, 66 - avg 22.75 Kohli - 11, 0, 23, 9 - avg 10.75 Dhoni - 6, 23, 57*, 2 - avg 29.67 Ashwin - 31, 30, 20, 62 - avg 35.75 Tendulkar is the ONLY batsman who scored decent runs in all the innings & had 2 half-centuries. The fact that the second highest batting average here is from Ashwin says it all. The rest of the batsmen all have ONE half-century and was out cheaply in the other innings. Laxman and Gambhir's only main contribution to the runs was in their innings today. Dhoni, Sehwag and Dravid with the exception of their 50's had one mediocre score above 20 and low scores in their other two innings.

  • on January 8, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    Why always VVS Laxman should be made scapegoat for everything. Dravid and Greig Chappell ruined his confidence a lot during their tenure at the helm.

    He is only cricketer who has won more matches for India. Unfortunately, he failed in England and due to that I ndia has been drubbed 4-0. Again with Australia, he failed in 3 ininings and played 2nd inings exceptionally well in 2nd test and tried his best to save the match. It is unfortunate again that he got an exceptional delivery to be dismissed else he would have saved the match.

    Dravid has failed during entire 2010 but still retained in the team. Why?

  • HarishVS on January 8, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    @babaKR- Agree with you. Not fair enough to completely put the blame on the senior batsmen for all these debacles. Our bowling also did not click as a unit after first 6 wickets fell in both the innings of MCG. The tail was allowed to make more than 100 runs in the first innings which was also almost the margin of defeat. The trio of Zaheer, Ishaant, Umesh and and the rookie Ashwin, could not complete their job by wiping out the tail. We are seeing plenty of comments on the big 3 to retire immediately. One gets a feeling if our fans are really having any real concern about our cricket. YOu have the over hyped Kohli. He may require 10 more away tests in Australia or SA to bring up his first fifty by which time Indian ranking might come down to 5 or 6. You have only Rohit who is still not tested in Tests and Pujara is still injured and he also did not score in big in SA earlier. If Rahane or Raina or likes replace big 3,India is likely to crumble for less than 100 in all away tests

  • LillianThomson on January 8, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    So far the batsman have scored 282, 169, 191 and 400. It's not great, but it's not catastrophic. The larger problem in my opinion is actually the bowling. After two Tests, Zaheer has 10 wickets at 25.1 which is acceptable - just. But Ishant has 3 wickets @78.3, Yadav has 7 wickets @42.7 and Ashwin has 4 wickets @74.5. There can be no doubt at all: India is losing because three of the four bowlers are not good enough. And Ishant was no better last time in Australia, when although he discomforted Ponting he only took 6 wickets in 3 Tests @59.7 each. The Indians got carried away with "47 all out" and ignored that two hours earlier Australia had bowled South Africa out for 95. If India select Yadav, Ashwin and Ishant Sharma in the next two Tests the slaughter will continue.

  • on January 8, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    The Indian batting today is the same as it was in '2003, '2007 sans Sourav, Jaffar & bowling sans Kumble . We managed to draw the series once and lost the other due to poor umpiring at Sydney in '2007 . WE had the teeth to battle out the then "WORLD CHAMPS" . What has gone so wrong that we have been reduced to next to nothing in a space of 4 years ? In the days of our famed spinners Bedi Chandra , Pras , Venkat when India were touring overseas all teams would look for batsmen who could nullify the spin . The Batsmen even if the individual had retired was recalled even if he had aged e.g Brian Close, Barry wood , Keith FLetcher(england), BOb simpson( aged 42 yrs!!!) Australia to name a few. This strategy worked wonders and the teams won!!!! Same is now and any tom , dick & harry from Australia , England, New Zealand, South Africa with Fast bowling acumen will bully us everytime we play in their land & we will continue to lose

    The truth is we have become soft as "SPONGE"!!

  • on January 8, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    Srikanth and his selection committee should accept this loss as his and his teams loss and resign.They are not addressing the issues which needs to be addressed urgentlly.The aging senior members of the team i.e Rahul dravid ,Sachin tendulkar and VVS laxman should sit down with the selectors and plan a strategy for their own exit.we need to blood youngsters in the team.we should induct Chateshwar pujara along with rohit sharma in the middle order immediately and give 3 test matches to Dhoni to improve his record or look at other options like dinesh kartik or parthiv patel to replace him.some strict action is required to correct this downfall immediately

  • Patchmaster on January 8, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    Sehwag just isn't a team player, his excuses of being 'am entertainer' are fine for T20, but just don't measure up for test cricket, so time to blood a young player who has passion and wants to play for India.

  • on January 8, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    They deserve this, whenever other subcontinental teams (PAK,SL,BAN) are in trouble these Indians supportors are condemn by posting lot of comments.They always thinking they are only team they can compete with teams like AUS,ENG,SA etc.They never appreciate other subcontinent teams talent and ability.Further whenever IND loss then so many excuses like, No Zaheer,No Harbajan,No Shewag,loss the toss,umpires blunder,not enough practise matches,etc etc.When PAK or SL they write off like anything.Anyway PAK or SL never lost (6 out of 6) like this recently.They also played with them in their country.In that way PAK and SL better than IND.

  • on January 8, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    I think everyone is failing to recognize the problem. Certainly the batsman have not performed, however, the bigger issue has been Dhoni's captainship. He is an excellent ODI captain but his captainship in Tests has been poor from the beginning. He is overly defensive, and has not made too many clever decisions. Take for example batting first at Sydney; with the last two tests going the way they did at Sydney why would you choose to bat first?! Currently Gambhir or Sehwag are the only potential captain, personally I think Gambhir would be best... he bring that fire.

  • Dev9212 on January 8, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    Well its time for Dhoni to leave test cricket. No doubt that he is the best ODI player produced by India in recent times but his Test record is avg to say the least even Ashwin is makin more runs and looking much more comfortable. Drop Kohli and get someone like Badrinath or Pujara in the No.6 slot you need guys with patience to play test cricket and yes make Gambhir the test captain and bring in Saha or Karthik in place of Dhoni.

  • on January 8, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    In both tests, India's batting proved to be the cause for their poor performance. India relies a lot on top order batsmen and if the first four falls, the others follow like a pack of cards - the domino effect as the rest wilt under pressure … inconsistency, low confidence level …

    Still, I feel India's problem lies in their bowling. for a long time. They give out too many runs. The fast and medium pace bowlers besides Zaheer are not dependable. Harbhajan, in spite of his poor form is the only spin, India can rely on. The rest of the bowlers are underperforming. India's best bet lies on Tendulkar, Gautham, Schewag (batting) … and on Zaheer and Harbhajan and as such these players cannot be replaced, for now.

    Having said all these, credit should go to Australia. Being a sporting nation, it is no wonder they were able to spring back and they look formidable.

  • Rajchamp on January 8, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    This is the time Indian team needs support from its fans and from the ex Indian cricketers. But all they are getting is a lot of NON SENSE bashing even from outsiders. Latest example is Mark Waugh saying that Indian team should be ranked 8th. All I want to say to Mr. Waugh is - I agree with you. Very well said SIR. Australia should be crowned as TEAM OF THE CENTURY for NOT WINNING A SINGLE TEST MATCH IN INDIA in last 6 years and for Losing a test against a team like NewZealand in Australia itself. This is the same NewZealand side which was nearly beaten by Zimbabwe in the test match before Aus-NZ series. And who can forget their three innings Defeats against England in AUSTRALIA in Ashes 2010-11!! India's performance stands nowhere in front of this amazing consistency both HOME AND AWAY by Australian team.

  • Sircar on January 8, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    So we knew all along the problems Australia was having with genuine swing bowling and we left the two best exponents of swing bowling - Irfan Patha and Praveen Kumar at home. Amazing! And now we blame our batting? Even a two year old knows what would have been the right thing! Obstinate selectors and another obstinate captain are making India the joke of the test playing nations. Please change your ways or LEAVE!

  • ahweak on January 8, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    England, Australia and South Africa don't perform as badly in Indian conditions as India does in their conditions. After the stars retire, ill-equipped youngsters will come in and the next few away tour losses will be explained as youngsters getting experience in pitches assisting bowlers. Dhoni will say "Be in the present, give some time for the youngsters to adjust"....the story will continue...TO BE THE SAME.....

  • shyam74 on January 8, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    It has been always batting that has let us down. If batting team gets 400 scores or bats atleast 1.5 days(around 130 overs), you can never loose a game. Indian Team with the great batsmen should try to achieve consistency on this target first and then if we have good bowling unit we will win test matches. Our bowling has been always good, if we put up a good score they always do the job of picking 20 wickets. Even first test was set up beautifully by bowlers, had the batsmen scored 320+ in each innings we could have won.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on January 8, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    If this is our best test team, then what will happen when the big three (VVS, SRT, RD) retire in an year or so. Because in the final analysis, it is only these guys who are making runs. The youngsters like Kohli have been found wanting. Actually, I see very dark days ahead for our test team, and our ranking in the test arena may become even lower than that of West Indies and Zimbabwe. The reason is that India is a batsmen centric team, and at present in the domestic circuit, there are hardly any talented batsmen who have the temperament for test cricket. People like Mohammad Kaif have been wasted, and are too old to be inducted now. So it will take a lot of cutting and chopping and possibly 3-4 yeras of time before India again becomes competitive in the test cricket. But I have a more fundamental question to pose. Must India play test cricket? Test cricket is a dying format and it draws crowds only in two nations: Australia and England. We should strictly go with ODIs and T20.

  • DebashisCalcutta on January 8, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    When we talk about batsman scoring heavily in Australia in 2003/4 or 2007/8 (and "almost" winning the series), I guess the main 2 factors were 1. Australia were without MCGrath n Warne in 2003 2. CA , for some reason , produced batting beauties even in WACA. Whenever there was pace/ bounce(I mean sporting pitches ,not green tops ) and bowlers to exploit "that something" in the pitch , our(Indian) batting greats have failed (there are a few exceptions here and there). And that has been the case for the last 20 years . So failure of the Indian batsmen is not new , just that our batsmen dont have the ability to handle those conditions on a consistent basis (again I say there were exceptions ). Now if we say certain GG is "out of form" , sorry , I dont agree to that . He just does not have the ability . Put these Indian batsmen in Indian dead pitches tomorrow,I am sure they will score loads of runs . So its not the loss of form affecting the players , its just that theyrnot capable enu

  • RK.Chandru on January 8, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    Though Tendulkar's 100th ton is not happening, I do not think he's doing any badly. I'm sure his average since his 99th ton must be 40+ atleast if not 50+. Why then, people are asking for his head? Where are the replacements for Tendulkar, Laxman and Dravid? When we're yet to find the replacement for Ganguly even after many years of his retirement and with the tried ones nowhere up to the mark despite numerous chance given to them on a platter, people are asking for a complete revamp. Grooming of fresh talent should be done only gradually and not as a whole. Does anyone believe, the Pujaras, Rohits,Badris and the Kohlis are anywhere near the class of the Tendulkars, Laxmans and Dravids? I'm afraid, NO! No doubt, problem with India right now is only the batting and with such paltry scores in the kitty even the finest bowlers' morale will be dented. Let the openers first give the team a solid start. Let Mr. Sehwang learn to respect the opposition's bowling. Let Gambhir be shown the exit.

  • on January 8, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    I believe apart from Tendulkar, there is no need for luxman, Dravid they should say goodby to cricket. Also replace Gambiar, Kohali with someone who can make the batting lineup steady. I will strongly disagree to call the great Tendulkar to retire because He always makes the most whether its a test cricket or one day cricket even t20. Their is a need for Irfan Pathan to be picked in the indian 11. Good luck india for the next match.

  • jazzfreak on January 8, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    Its traditional in Indian cricket when the old war horses refuse to retire They want to go on for selfish reasons to make records From Vijay Manjrekar to today its the same and then when they are eased out they bide their time and get onto the selection chair ( Mohinder Amarnath) Nobody cares about building bench strength by giving a chance to the young England was where Rahane and Aaron and Yadav got the opportunity when the stalwarts were injured and not by plan The selectors dont have guts to take the old horses off on the ground that the others are not ready They forget how long it took for Dravid and Laxman to get to top level Besides the batting the attempts to build pace strength is laughable Ditto for the spin strength With no encouragement for the bowlers its a clear case of appeasing the fading stars while playing to the moolah in T20 and ODI and giving short shrift to building a cadre of players High time the entire lot of BCCI was replaced with dedicated professionals

  • on January 8, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    Good to see Srikkanth acting maturely here and being honest about where the problems lie (ie: it's not the fault of the SCG groundsman, or biased umpires, or Andy Symonds). Sometimes, in a game like cricket, things just don't go your way. On paper this Indian side should be very competitive but they just haven't clicked as a unit so far.

    I don't think it's worth coming to any radical conclusions just yet, if India win the next two tests by an innings then everyone calling for Dhoni's head today is going to look a bit foolish.

  • RK.Chandru on January 8, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    Though Tendulkar's 100th ton is not happening, I do not think he's doing any badly. I'm sure his average since his 99th ton must be 40+ atleast if not 50+. Why then, people are asking for his head? Where are the replacements for Tendulkar, Laxman and Dravid? When we're yet to find the replacement for Ganguly even after many years of his retirement and with the tried ones nowhere up to the mark despite numerous chance given to them on a platter, people are asking for a complete revamp. Grooming of fresh talent should be done only gradually and not as a whole. Does anyone believe, the Pujaras, Rohits,Badris and the Kohlis are anywhere near the class of the Tendulkars, Laxmans and Dravids? I'm afraid, NO! No doubt, problem with India right now is only the batting and with such paltry scores in the kitty even the finest bowlers' morale will be dented. Let the openers first give the team a solid start. Let Mr. Sehwang learn to respect the opposition's bowling. Let Gambhir be shown the exit.

  • on January 8, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    Look it's just a good game, hats off to consistent bowling pressure by Aussies, the same happened in England tour, if Indian bowling was good the runs would be limited, and there would have been a game on hand, having seen the Aussies bowling attack I personally think even the best batsman would have difficulties young or old, I was counting on Kohli to give young support, but even he found it difficult, having said that I feel the Indian batsman should have just let go and attack like they do in one day cricket, once they have got 10 overs into the game go bat your natural game win or loose the result will tell.

  • Precioustar84 on January 8, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    Srikkanth and Dhoni must be BFFs. Both in denial of the truth. I'm not saying we can only play in India because its far from truth. We USED to be able to play abroad and yes of course we lost like other teams have. We have about 4 players that USED to be able to play well abroad but they won't accept that they are just too old. How long to the selectors want to live in past stats?? Another issue, we have a captain that should lead in ODIs only and not in tests. Seems until these people are forced out of the team, they won't go and there is no one that will force them out. What does this tell you? It says no one cares for playing for country anymore; its all about making money for BCCI but hopefully we Indian fans won't fall for this anymore. I truly hope no one goes to watch IPL anymore if you care for our players to get in the right frame of mind.

  • Kiwi-Jake on January 8, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    The battings to blame? Didn't Australia score 600-odd? I believe India are looking at the wrong end of the spoon here, their bowling wasn't all that great either.

  • on January 8, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    Virender has to be dropped. He is useless outside subcontinent. Simply in local matches he will scare off the bowlers. Just see the irresponsible way he got out. It will be better to some one deserving some chance.

  • on January 8, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    Dravid to open with Gambhir. Sewhang one down. Replace VVS with Rohit & Kohli with Ohja. Wish Rahul Sharma was there

  • passionate_cricket_follower on January 8, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    The difference between this Indian side and the one which visited Australia in 2003-04 is:

    1. Sehwag and Akash Chopra consistently got 100 odd runs at the top. While Sehwag made quickfire 40s and 50s, Chopra with his steady approach ensured that the ball was old enough when the likes of Dravid, Laxman, Tendulkar was in the middle.

    2. Dravid, Laxman, and Tendulkar were in their prime. Yes, they still have the skills, but their reflexes have definitely gone down.

    So definitely the bowlers then had a lot of runs to defend almost every innings. The current bowling lineup is of almost the same mettle as then. But the batsmen have simply not put up enough runs.

    Virat Kohli simply does not have the skills to play test cricket. He might acquire it with time, but right now Rohit should have a look in.

    By the end of this tour, the big 3 should consider retirement seriously. They have been great contributors for India, but every good thing comes to an end.

  • here2rock on January 8, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    It is really sad to hear comments from Srikant for India's failures. THE MAIN REASON FOR INDIA'S FAILURES IS INABILITY TO PUNISH THE GUILTY PLAYERS AND TOO MUCH EMPHASIS ON SAME PLAYERS. Is this is the best team India can field? I think far from it. India has relied too much on Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman for too long. 2 of them should retire for India's own good if they don't the selectors need to make the tough decisions and show them the door. Why the selectors have allowed Gambir to continue with problems with his technique? Why Shewag is allowed to slog and get out? He is not batting like he used to be, he was aggressive before but with a lot of control. This has disappeared from his game. Why Dhoni is captain of the team?

  • Precioustar84 on January 8, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    Looks like Srikkanth is working in tandem with Dhoni here so there cannot be hope for any changes. Both seem to be in denial and backing each other up it seems. Bringing in newbie in Perth will be brutal for the newbie as it seems like a set up. India's big NAMES on one list can give you the impression that its the best team for India, Srikkanth but if you choose to ignore there's an issue, we will keep losing. There are 4 heads in the team that have lost how they USED to play and score BIG. You expect them to change at this age? You've got to be joking!! Can you please wake up and accept that they cannot perform anymore so you people should be looking at our new players who keep warming benches? If we have to lose then lets lose with newbies in the team. You selectors should've thought of Eng tour disaster as a wakeup call instead of a bad bump on the road. Now we are just paying the price. Cricinfo please publish.

  • on January 8, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    India made a mistake by not playing Tendulkar and the rest who were taking a rest in the West Indies. Tendulkar should have toured the West Indies, he would have gotten that 100th 100 by now. ANYHOW the West Indies soften up India and England beat them up. The West Indies soften up India again and the Aussies eating them for bait, West Indies must beat Aussies in West indies next.

  • mr82 on January 8, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    no one has the right to say you (the fab 3) should retire. Bec non of us have invited them to play cricket. They have the passion to play & they are still best in the world....

  • on January 8, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    pls dont speak rubbish here.. is there any one to captain this side well other than dhoni??? he s d right person to lead this team.. yeah its six losses , it ll hurt us but in ENGLAND injury issues!!! here they outplayed us.. lets see in perth... theycame us undrdogs n they r playing well..

  • syesupriya on January 8, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    There is something wrong with Dhoni right now. He used to have a lot more enthusiasm. Maybe its all gone to his head or its brain-freeze. Didn't he get married recently, isn't she supposed to be his good luck charm?

    I don't see any teamwork in our Test team ( pun intended)!!! In order to be a winning combination there has to be this vital ingredient called TEAMWORK. Sometimes the whole team seems to show no anticipation or zeal in what they are doing, definately no pride in what they are doing. A very shabby way to represent a Billion people and get badly kicked and trashed doing it. I don't see any belief in these guys. I know one thing - that if these guys want to win, they can figure out a way to win. We can all see that the whole team is not on the same page as they are playing the game. Hence we are all the losers due to their lack of motivation. Dhoni should have no favorites, but use other players too. NO PLAYER SHOULD EVER BE ALLOWED TO TAKE HIS PLACE ON THE TEAM FOR GRANTED!

  • JayantaChatterjee on January 8, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    I think it is time the new generation is brought in. We have lost 6 tests overseas and the new guys cannot do any worse. And at home they will do as well as their famous seniors. So rather than waiting and waiting for the seniors to go, give a proper run to Rohit, Tiwary, Virat, Pujara and Suresh. They will not do any worse but will at least start building experience.

  • Cricket_Supporter_No_1 on January 8, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    Amazing how now one is calling for Dhoni , he is good ODI and T20 captain, test matches he has not clue , i would rather have an agressive captain like Llyood or Pointing then cool unresponsive MSD , whats the use of him , not the best WK , and definitely not worth as a batsman on swinging and bouncy conditions , he has to be dropped from test , but over all India was never a good while visiting SA,Aus or England. but at least for last 10 years India was losing the series 2-1 or drawing it , not getting thrashed , all oldies need to retire if we want to improve , next 12 test matches India is going to play are all home matches , best time to induce new blood , if these oldies stick around after this series , India will be doomed for a long time , hope we do better in next Test , I am cricket supporter and love test matches , but India is forcing me to abandon watching one sided test , waiting for Pak-Eng and then SA-Eng this summer , hope test cricket gets better and better.

  • on January 8, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    The main cause of failure is the application and killing instinct. we should admit that we do not bowler/s who can take 20 wickets.It is time to try youngsters instead of clinging on with the seniors who have contributed enough.There is no point in accusing the Captain or individual players .I hope the selectors wisdom will prevail.

  • AdityaMookerjee on January 8, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    I would not like to make anything about the loss at Sydney. I know, that the Indian team are fighters. That is beyond doubt. Wins and losses happen. Why is it, that after the World Cup, we forgot all our previous losses, and now, we forget our previous wins? I was watching the matches, but not a lot. The batsmen didn't do much wrong, in the second innings at Sydney. The margin of error is what was the decisive factor. If the ball moves about, and at pace, then the batsman needs to combat those situations all the time, in a similar manner and mindset. I just cannot say, but this series has not been the most interesting for me. This has not to do with India winning or loosing. I would not be preoccupied with the series, even if India was winning. What makes a series interesting? There has to be a sense of novelty, in international Cricket.

  • prasanna_79 on January 8, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    The best way of selecting a team is to pick the 11 best players & then pick a captain who would inspire the rest, out of the selected eleven.. But in the case of Dhoni..,it has happened in reverse.. No doubt he has been a very gud captain in the ODI version..,But Test cricket is entirely different from the shorter formats as we all know.. Flashier blades would get us lots of runs in the short formats but not in test cricket.. Here one needs to guts it out..,see thru some fine spells from the bowlers..,tire them out and grind the oppn bowling attack into submission.. Now has Dhoni been consistent in his test batting..? How many match winning / match saving innings has he played in overseas conditions in the past two years or so..? Don't we have any other wk in this whole country ,who is a better wk & a more solid & gritty batsman..?!! Come on BCCI.., remove sehwag,laxman,dhoni from test team.. Bring in players like mukund,badri,parvinder singh or even mohammed kaif into the test setup

  • Sri_chicago on January 8, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    This freak is our chairman of selectors! No wonder then that our cricket is in the state it is in and continues to go downhill without any change. Kris Srikkanth was fortunate to play at the highest level when so many players more talented than him missed out. But leave batting, this chump cannot even think or talk. What is he even talking about here, does he even realize how dumb he is? Sack Srikkanth, Srinivasan and Dhoni - the Chennai super bosses - and Indian cricket will automatically start to go upward.

  • sankar8000 on January 8, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    I Want Sehwag to play a waiting game for 1st 20 overs and then play his natural game! If he does it he can make it BIG!

  • inswing on January 8, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    Popular belief: batting is to blame for India's failure, bowling is great. Reality: Bowling is to blame even more than batting, perhaps 60/40. Bowling gave away 50 runs extra in both innings in the 1st Test, in difficult batting conditions, which was pretty much the difference. In the 2nd Test, it was again complete helplessness of the bowling. The wicket was batting friendly, but not 800 runs friendly. A decent bowling unit would have restricted Aus to around 400-450 all out. Ishanth takes 150 for 1 and is still considered to have "bowled very well" because he beat the bat a few times in a day. Never mind the 50 easy runs given away on the leg side by bowling on the pads. He was fit and failed in Eng completely, again same story is being repeated here. Yadav lacks experience and his ineffectiveness was exposed. Batting is a concern, but to anyone sensible, bowling should be an even bigger concern.

  • vj3478 on January 8, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    Replace Virat with Rohit.. thats the only possible change. That batting position suits better to Rohit. Virat can wait for some time till Dravid/Sachin retire. There is no chance of winning the series, so better try to draw the series instead of trying to draw the match... Well, if Lyon is replaced by Harris, India can only hope for rain to save!! no way this batting unit can score 500-600 against 4 aussie quicks with experienced players playing no better than chickens!

  • on January 8, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    Why are both openers aggressive in India's current test team? As far as I remember, Mr. Srikkanth, you were accompanied by great Sunil Gavaskar so that we don't loose both openers in quick succession. You cannot succeed in test if you don't have proper defense. Agree?

  • Harry_Kool on January 8, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    @ Adam Grech. Absolutely spot on! You can also add that there were at least 7 decisions that blatantly went against the Aussies that DRS would have over-ruled, but after the provocation of you know who, we had to allow the visitors one game. (I could only imagine the screaming if it were reversed after their pathetic perfomances in Sydney) Hence the flattest, lowest bouncing pitch I have witnessed out of Perth in over 30 years was presented. If they are expecting the same type of pitch, then it will be very ugly for the visitors, very, very ugly.

  • cric828 on January 7, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    you cant say that Sachin should retire,his the only one have scores better than others with some great and awesome shots. Very disappointment from Sehwag, I have so much respect and if he clicks than dont have to worry about anything else.

    Now take look about Dhoni's Captaincy. His not be attacking captian some reason when it comes to Teat cricket. His allow the bastmans to set and scores freely. We really need to have different Test captain for sure if India looking to win or better performance in future. I know every indian talk about all this and blaming to one or other. But we need to see reality and try something different.

    Best of luck for rest series.

  • LillianThomson on January 7, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    Srikkanth and the BCCI deserve heavy blame for current events. How many First Class matches did India play in Australia before the Tests? A big fat ZERO - they played a couple of short, joke matches on a flat track in Canberra. But also consider how India became ranked Number 1 in Tests in December'09. In the preceding 12 months they only actually played NZ minus a banned (due to BCCI pressure) Shane Bond (away, W1 D2 L0) and Sri Lanka (home, W2 D1 L0). So they didn't earn number 1 status themselves, they got it because South Africa won in Australia, then Australia won in South Africa, England fluked a victory over Australia at home and Sri Lanka beat England. This wasn't a top ranking based on the Big Three batsmen or Zaheer Khan, it was a top ranking based on temporary opposition decline while those teams rebuilt their ageing squads. The Indian selectors should have started phasing out Laxman, Dravid and Tendulkar three years ago.

  • big_al_81 on January 7, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    Very, very revealing comments from Srikkanth. Tells you a lot of what you need to know about India's failings. Their problem is not batting, it's bowling (and fielding). They scored nearly 600 runs in this game which is often enough to beat Australia these days. Yet they took only 4 wickets for the loss of 650+. And he thinks batting is the problem?! He cites the series in SA yet they only drew that series - India will never be truly dominant in Tests until they can win, not just draw. Australia, England, SA and WI of the past all believed that winning Tests was what counted, do that and the series wins look after themselves. India place a higher emphasis on not losing than on winning.Which is why they don't understand about regularly bowling sides out. When I told my wife the innings scores of this match and said 'What's India's problem, batting or bowling?' she nailed it straight away. So if India want a new chief selector she can be available!

  • only_sehwag on January 7, 2012, 23:40 GMT

    @kirkeet-fan ---- Dhonit will remain the captain as long as he is performing for the Chennai Super Kings...when the owner of an IPL team heads the BCCI, this is what happens..

  • indianpunter on January 7, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    I have grave fears for the future of test cricket in India. 2 days ago , dinesh kartik , was bought for 2.3 mill dollars by Mumbai indians!! . The message is clear. Play ipl. That's where the moolah is. Don't bother with test cricket. We have killed the goose that laid the golden egg. Also, the trio need to be phased out. We are playing at home for the next 2 yes and time to blood some new faces . We don't want the oldies to inflate their averages in India anymore

  • redneck on January 7, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    haha win in perth??? last time was a one off. australia picked a out of sorts tait, had chris rogers opening, had just come out of one of the most crazy test matches ever and copping it from their own media. india also had kumble and pathan. the waca has got closer to how it used to be now, india dont stand a chance.

  • Naresh28 on January 7, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    A Chopra c Sandeep b Hassan scored 142 faced 450 balls. Here is one great opener who is not playing for India.

  • on January 7, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    As a selector I blame Kris Srikkanth, as I do not think that players like Sehwag, Dhoni, & Kohli, are apt to play at the Test Match pace. I think these players are only good for T20's or ODI's. These players don't have the kind of patience and tech required to play Test Matches, we need players like Dravid, Laxman, Tendulker, & Gambhir, or maybe you should have two or three different teams for each kind of games: ODI's, T20's, or Test Matches.

  • on January 7, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    I am a big fan of Indian players,and why not they r capable of fighting it out anywhere, but I am amazed no one is talking about BCCI's conviction to promote IPL rather than there commitments to teamIndia Moreover big contracts in IPL are encouraging players to be more aggresive and not be curcumspective. I doubt we will see any ST and RD in near future.

  • Naresh28 on January 7, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    Rohit Sharma will emulate Sachin. He is the one hope for team India. Why he was he not in 11? Come on guys. Both Chappell's have rated him highly. Oz cannot believe that someone with his talent is sitting out. Only Dhoni and Fletcher know. Maybe its divisions in the team - it needs to be ironed out.

  • gpindian on January 7, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    I don't like the idea of asking the top 3 batsmen to retire everytime there is a failure. The policy should be (and thankfully is) to substitute the least performing player with one who's in form. Suresh Raina was given a chance and he couldn't make runs. Now Kohli isn't doing much either (although it's still early days). So I don't think it's fair to ask the seniors to retire.

  • SRT_GENIUS on January 7, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    @manwar12: Sehwag's comment was about BD's bowlers not their test status. But lets say you were hurt. Learn to face your own reality -instead of celebrating your opponents demise! Yes, Indian batsmen don't play the fast balling well (short or swinging) - that's a well known fact. But Bangladesh batsmen simply can't play any balling - even Pakistan's spinners(forget Akram/Shoaib/Waqar)! While Sakib might be the greatest all rounder ever to play cricket but Bangladesh has 10 other non-players in the team. And why India doesn't play Bangladesh ? The answer is simple - because nobody would watch it. Indians (& rest of the world) wouldn't switch on their TVs and Banglas dont have the enough TVs to compensate (remember why WI WC lost money ? Coz Bangladesh knocked out India). Its simply a matter of money: the series would generate very little. But when BD plays India next time - I sure do hope they(BD) win. That's the only way for India to realize how far back they have slipped.

  • baskar_guha on January 7, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    Srikkanth is wrong. Indians including their esteemed cricinfo columnists are obsessed about Indian batsmen but the real problem is their poor bowling effort. Zaheer seemed to get tired after his fiirst three. Ishant was well within himself. Umesh is too inexperienced to know what to do. Ashwin talks a lot but just isnt a threat when he bowled.

    A total of 591 in a match (two innings) should be enough to win the match when you have the opponent at 37-3. Thanks to our uninspired bowling effort (except for Zaheer's initial burst), we lost the match and badly so. If India had restricted Australia to even 400 in their first innings, they would have had to chase 191 on the fifth day. That would have been closer.

    So find better bowlers or it will be a long time before India wins a match abroad in SA/Aus/Eng.

  • dadagos11 on January 7, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    No Mr Shrikanth you are getting it all wrong. Its the bowling which alway a week point out side india. Now a days test match is not about 500-600 runs. All the other country bowl. We lost in Melbourne because they didn't finish the tailenders in both the innings and that 100 odd runs was crusial in that match. If your bowlers are getting hit for 500 runs in any game that means they are bad and dead. India need a bowling coach and some good tactic captain and coach. In last 10 overseas Test bowling and tactic were very poor and that is affecting the indian betting.

  • spinkingKK on January 7, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    True, we did win in perth last time. However, Sreekanth got to understand, there are a few differences this time. 1)in 2007, Australian pace attack was packed with wayward bowlers - Lee, Tait and Johnson. This time around they have a pace attack who keeps bowling at a great length in a great speed with swing. 2)2 years ago the Indian batsmen were 2 years younger. 3)Ishant Sharma was new to the scene and as a result, aussie batsmen were struggling against him. Also, he was carrying no baggage and therefore just concentrated on his performance. Finally,(this should have been the first in the list. But, I made it deliberately last so that I can explain more) in 2007 India had the man of the match Irfan Pathan who can bat at the top of the order if need to be and take 2 or 3 wickets. This time, he was still available and was in good form. But, Sreekanth refused to take him. He still beleives this is the best team?!! Anyway, if the batsmen performs collectively, India can still come back.

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on January 7, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    I wish there could be a revolution in the BCCI and a coup de etat. I think for the good of Indian cricket; Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman should retire. I do understand that they still have it in them to score the runs, but looking to the future, I dont want Rohit sharma to get his opportunity when he is 29 just cos dravid hung his boots when he was 42.

  • SanjivAwesome on January 7, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    India's mirage is to be the world's best test team. Our establishment is geared towards producing T20 and 50-over teams. Perhaps we should simply stick to our knitting and quit Test cricket completely. Or create an amateur sports organisation, government funded, to run test matches. I can see Indian sponsors becoming increasingly reluctant to sponsor Tests - it is simply not a good association for their commercial interests.

  • SanjivAwesome on January 7, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    India's mirage is to be the world's best test team. Our establishment is geared towards producing T20 and 50-over teams. Perhaps we should simply stick to our knitting and quit Test cricket completely. Or create an amateur sports organisation, government funded, to run test matches. I can see Indian sponsors becoming increasingly reluctant to sponsor Tests - it is simply not a good association for their commercial interests.

  • on January 7, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    Sirkkanth does not realise that his chosen (batting) team is an ODI team playing test cricket. Gambhir, Sehwag, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina are all good ODI batsmen but moderate test match batsmen.

    One needs technique, temperament to survive in 5-day cricket which is absent in the players mentioned.

    Srikkanth himself is guilty of wrongly bringing T20 IPL performers into ODI team and then into the Test team. You don't need Yuvraj to play 30+ test matches to know that he does not have 'test match' skills. He himself has hardly done any talent searching from Ranji/Duleep matches to know who is equipped techniqually.

    And he says this is the best team available ! No wonder an average test player with faulty techique wouldn't understand the requirements of test match cricket.

    Get rid of the current set of selectors and bring in people who understand the team needs.

  • SRT_GENIUS on January 7, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    @Curveball2010 : Really funny! LOL! For a moment there, I thought you were being serious. ROFL!

  • on January 7, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    I do agree it's not a bad team on paper,but the first 3 batters must take care of the 1st 40 ovs. Meaning Sahwag has to be more responsible. U need the middle to be there between ovs 35-79., in order to pile on some runs. And it must happen in the 1st inns. Yes Sahwag is just one man, but he can be dangerous, when on the go. Finally get Rohit in that team, at the expense of VVS or Kolhi. Nothing is wrong with the bowling attack, but they need runs to play with.

  • on January 7, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    The Indian Test side has proven to be a flat home track bully. I cannot remember any decent test side getting beaten so comprehensively only a few months after getting to number 1 in test rankings! Six losses in six tests for ANY team is bad enough.

  • on January 7, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    It's little wonder that so many indians keep going on about how they managed to win the perth test last tour. Lets take into consideration that it was a much flatter WACA pitch then the traditional one people are used to, and that australia were bending over backwards in the field to keep the indians "happy" (Smiling, not sledging, not bouncing) after the sydney test. I think its about time i pointed out that, the last time the indian coach, Duncan Fletcher was in town, his team lost 0-5, and almost lost the ODI's without winning 1 game, before winning the last 2. And hey, the time before the 0-5 series, it was 1-4. Past history means nothing. Current form suggests that not only the batting is not clicking, the bowling is not (outside Zaheer) and the fielding certainly is not, and the captaincy, hah! Kohli is not test playing material, Irfan Pathan is missing when he has done well in australia, so it aint the best team by a long shot.

  • JG2704 on January 7, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    The frustrating thing from India's point of view is that (with the exception of Kohli who is relatively new to test cricket) all of these batsmen have been reliable performers for India in the past but for some reason they've pretty much all gone to pot at the same time.I think they might drop Kohli for Sharma which is a quick fix solution but to me is like burying your head in the sand hoping that another India star emerges to excel in batting at the test format.Are they brave enough to drop one or 2 of the big guns?The only way I see India having a sniff of tying the series or even winning a match is to change the balance and on top of bringing R Sharma in,bring a bowler in for an underperforming batsman.To me it's only a brave decision to do this because of the reputations of the batsmen as they have certainly not performed as unit for a good part 0f 2011/12 and now Aus will have regained confidence with the bat they will surely struggle to take the wickets they need with 4 bowlers

  • on January 7, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    It only shows lack of accountability from both the selectors and the batsmen. Look it happened to Australia last year when they lost the ashes at home and lost the no 1 spot to India. But than CA responded with wholesale changes. That means Hussey was dropped against SL. The Australian oldies have responded since in a spectacular fashion. Unfortunately this was against India not SL, SA and NZ. It is time for some of the Indian oldies to be accountable. It is time for SRT to convert those 70s, 90s into three fig. It is time to plug the holes in the Wall. The rest know what to do. Clarke is no Don, India needs to figure out a way to get him out. Body line Clarke, injure him. At least that is what the Aussies are doing. The amount of bouncer they bowl even against batters like Aswin.

  • kirkeet-fan on January 7, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    Among all this chest beating, there's not a single voice here asking for Dhoni's head!!! Super surprising considering the man has failed to inspire the team to fight back on a single occasion ever since winning the WC. Indian fans need a better leader and the team deserves a better captain who can get them to play at their best, the guy's cool and calm attitude totally hides his lack of pride and honor for representing the country colors.

  • on January 7, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    I am confident, India will win next match and draw the last one. India's batting picking the form are the signs of reversal. ~amen

  • Not_Inbetweenist on January 7, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    never mind losing or winning, its always pleasure watching team india playing... is just like watching RAJINI KANTH movie. they are just SUPER STARS of cricket, cricket is boaring without them ;)

  • Jaggadaaku on January 7, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    These days, Rohit Sharma is on his best form of the life and he already proved in previous series against WI blasting 4 fifty in 5 ODIs. There is no all-rounder in the team. Off-spinners has been proved ineffective in AUS and no leg spinner in the team right now. Sehwag mostly throws his wicket at the single digit. Bear belly wicket-keeper Dhoni struggles to dive behind the stumps. There are 8 fielders on the off side, but stupid-Ishant bowls most balls on the leg. Our bowlers rarely bowl bouncers while all Australian fast bowlers bowl at-least 2 bouncers every over trying to hurt/distract the batsmen. Dravid and Laxman mostly drop 1-2 catches every innings and have proven the worst and laziest slip cordon fielder. Gambhir mostly gave his wicket on the slip cordon or at the gully area. Captain/Batsman- Dhoni only could play straight, mid-on, or mid-off area and getting out so early when the team desperately need century or half from him. Besides all these, is this the best team? Big??

  • on January 7, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    MSD is a good and experience batsman. Why he never promotes himself to no.3 position. Thats a best place for him in both test and ODIs.

  • Jaggadaaku on January 7, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    These days, Rohit Sharma is on his best form of the life and he already proved in previous series against WI blasting 4 fifty in 5 ODIs. There is no all-rounder in the team. Off-spinners has been proved ineffective in AUS and no leg spinner in the team right now. Sehwag mostly throws his wicket at the single digit. Bear belly wicket-keeper Dhoni struggles to dive behind the stumps. There are 8 fielders on the off side, but stupid-Ishant bowls most balls on the leg. Our bowlers rarely bowl bouncers while all Australian fast bowlers bowl at-least 2 bouncers every over trying to hurt/distract the batsmen. Dravid and Laxman mostly drop 1-2 catches every innings and have proven the worst and laziest slip cordon fielder. Gambhir mostly gave his wicket on the slip cordon or at the gully area. Captain/Batsman- Dhoni only could play straight, mid-on, or mid-off area and getting out so early when the team desperately expecting century or half from him. Besides all these, is this the best team?

  • manwar12 on January 7, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    When Shewag visited Bangladesh he said in big mouth that Bangladesh is not a test team. Now I want to ask him what he thinks about India? 6-0 in last 6 away test and last 2 tests ended in 3.5 days. Did India play better than Bangladesh? After 50 years of getting test status?

    I don's understand on what basis India refuse to invite Bangladesh? India purchased the No 1 ranking and Chappel was right when he called India fake #1 team.

    I will request India to play more with Bangladesh. They will feel proud to play against world's best allrounder.

  • on January 7, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    batting didnt click thts why clarke hit triple century

  • sohailus on January 7, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    Yep, everyone knows the batting is the failure. Hoping, Indian will come really hard for the next test at WACA WACA.

  • ssand on January 7, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    Let's accept we are the best ODI/20-20 team and not a good test team anymore. How many more matches do we need to confirm that our batsmen CANNOT handle short ball on a fast track? We need to seriously look into two options: hire taller batsmen who could stand up to short pitched deliveries and ask the aging seniors to gracefully relinquish their positions and make room for youngsters. Seriously, the older guys should take on more important roles such as mentoring, coaching etc., instead of squatting in the team and going after worthless personal records. Learn from Aussie Clarke - put team before yourself.

  • T-800 on January 7, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    Well, the batting didn't click as a unit because the Indian teams over the past 15 years aren't designed to perform overseas. Lets face it. The Indian Cricket Board's policy these last 15 years has been to develop teams that perform well at home failing which they face the wrath of the Indian cricket fans the majority of whom for strange reasons aren't all that bothered about their performances overseas. So , shocking as this display might be by the Indian team this should not come as any surprise. The present Indian team is the exactly expected product of the current Indian cricket System. When you set out to build Troy you shouldn't be shocked if you didn't get Rome

  • stevejohnson1010 on January 7, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    I put my money on IND for extending the losing streak to 8 consecutive overseas tests, i.e. losing this test series 4-0. As we saw in ENG, losing margin increased as the tour progressed, IND can assume more humiliating losses in 3rd and 4th test matches. They might compete in ODIs, but they will be far from lifting the trophy like last time (CWB series 2008)

  • ToTellUTheTruth on January 7, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    He is right. This is the best team of 17 that the selectors could pick that India had. Cannot blame the selectors, but the batsmen, bar Sachin. The way Sach is playing, he looked far more comfortable than the rest of the 19 batsmen in any single innings. I love Rahul Dravid and VVS more than Sachin. But from what I saw, it is clear why Sachin is regarded as the best in the world. When others want to either come on front foot or get stuck on back foot, Sachin is playing in an entirely different world. Check his shots in this series. He is on either foot in a flash and what beautiful strokes he is playing. All he needs is a bit of luck (which I am praying that he gets soon) and the rest will be history.

  • Rumy1 on January 7, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    Is this really the best Test team at the moment. Srikkanth is fooling himself and the nation. Where is Jaffer. Where is Harbhajan. Where is Badrinath. Kohli, Ashwin, Rahane, Rohit are ODi and T20 guys but are being forced down the throat for Tests. For Tests on pacy tracks, you need superlative technique and class and sadly these ODi folks do not have it. Raina and Yuvraj also did not have it. If you want to make the best Indian XI today for Perth Test the team looks like this....Sehwag, Jaffer, Dravid/Pujara, Sachin, Laxman, Badrinath, Dhoni, Zaheer, Ishant, Umesh and Harbhajan (if fit else Irfan Pathan). God bless them!!

  • on January 7, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    we have won in Perth last time Irfan Pathan got man of match mr. srikkanth but this time he is not there.

  • on January 7, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    I don't think there will be any changes in the Indian team for the next test. Bringing rohit in for kohli won't make any difference. sehwag has to play for atleast 20 overs.. gambhir should be aware of the balls outside off.. if these 2 can make 100 together.. then our middle order will be in a good position to score runs freely.. then dhoni down the order can bat in his natural style and kohli ashwin can make some contribution.. 400 easy.. now the rest depends on discipline bowling, attacking field and decent fielding. 2-2.

  • hhillbumper on January 7, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    yep best you got apparantly.Yep you are going to keep falling down the rankings.Should be ok at 20 20 though.

  • prashkannam on January 7, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    AND THE SAME SET OF EXCUSES...BATTING DIDNT CLICK....OPPOSITION PLAYED BETTER THAN US...WELLL IF THAT IS THE CASE....THEN WHATS THE USE OF HAVING PRACTISE GAMES....AND WHATS THE ROLE OF DUNCAN FLETCHER AND THE TECHNICAL TEAMS ISNT THERE ANY PLANNING IN PLACE.....ITS OK 2 TO GIVE OPPN ALL PRAISE WHICH MEANS WE ARE READY 2 ACCEPT THINGS AS THEY ARE...WHICH MEANS WILL KEEP ON PLAYING AND ONLY IF THE OPPOSITION WILLL PLAY BAD CKT THEN ONLY WE WILL WIN.....RIDICULOUS STATEMENT FRM SREEKANTH AND CO!!

  • Naresh28 on January 7, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Best team my foot. We lack professionalism. Even the playing eleven leaves a lot to be desired. We have three seniors in the team - my view was that two would play at any one time. A young batsman should have come in place of the third. Kohli and Rohit were picked as future players. Our feilding seriousily lacks the spark when all three seniors are in. We need five bowlers in each game to make up for when three of the four fail. We need left/right combinations when batting to throw the oppositions lengths off. We dont need Shewag/Gambhir at the top - they give us a poor start. The opposition knows this. We laughed at the Oz batting camp before the series started. Where is our batting camp? Why does the coach not work on players with repeated failures e.g. Gambhir?

  • 4thslip on January 7, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    Indian batting "legends" are way over rated, I mean they should have been able to save at least one test out of the last 6 that India have lost in a row. Their past record in Aus is achieved against a Mcgrath less attack on both tours (03-07) on the flatest tracks seen in Aus in 30 years. Now that Aussies have gone back to their strength.. India is struggling and it should not surprise anyone. Sachin's 100th is a meaning less record (he has 78 FC centuries and most likely will never get to 100) and it has gotten to his head which was quite obvious from his last innings. its time he starts playing for the team and not for a record. had he continued the way he was batting he would have gotten there easily but he went into a shell. Shastri trying to defend him on tv after the game was even more pathetic.

  • SanjeevHN on January 7, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    This is a shameful statement 'This is the best team we have at the moment'. Mr.Shrikanth please resign and let somebody take over. As a chairman of selection panel you haven't done enough to build up a pool of players who can represent India in a responsible way. Just you are eating the fruits of your predecessor. It doesn't need any degree on rocket science to understand why we failed in Australia. But the question is why not how. It is only the selection policy. As a piad employee you are responsible for all this especially after England tour. Now its Australia. Time to move on. Bring on fresh faces inteam as well as in selection panel.

  • on January 7, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    At last, I think, India (cricket team) has got its 6th batsman- Ashwin. He used to be opener; then, why will not he get chance to bat in Partnership with Dravid, Sachin to score more runs more consistently? Statistics says, in this series, he has the most runs (143) and highest batting average (35.75) just after Sachin only. And all have seen, what his body language says while batting. He has come up with such performance batting with Zaheer, Ishant, Yadav, and sometimes with Dhoni. Shouldn't he get the chance to come higher in the order? When no. 6 position is still ...!

  • on January 7, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    India team can perform against best cricket team only in india

  • on January 7, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Obviously the batting did not click as a unit, but what about our indian bowlers...they really failed in the 2nd test match.........Very poor bowling performance.......

  • on January 7, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    As an Indian supporter, I still believe they will win both upcoming matches :)... I just had the same hope when they were in England tour :)

  • on January 7, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    I disagree. The last 6 away losses have been due to non existent bowling. So far we were lucky with 4 bowlers and a prayer however the England and Australia have shown us that a team cannot win with 4 bowlers plus Sehwag and Tendulkar. In order to make a serious attempt at a win a team must have at least 5 bowlers, with at least two of them them being spinners. Each of the 5 bowlers should reasonably be expected to take half the opposition. Towards thi, the selectors must nurture at least 2 or 3 all rounders. No we do not expect another Kapil Dev, but we do expect another Karsan Ghavri or another Salim Durrani.

  • johnathonjosephs on January 7, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    to be honest, this is actually the best Test Team India has ever had (maybe if you substitute Ashwin for Harbhajan and Kohli for another player) in a while. The best Indian test team I ever saw was the one that toured Sri Lanka in 07/08. They had Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Ganguly, Laxman, Karthik, Kumble, Harbhajan, Zaheer, and Ishant. They still lost that series after being bamboozled by that man, Ajantha Mendis

  • knan on January 7, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    The time for tough decisions has arrived. I am not sure if Chika is the correct person to head the selection committee now. Amarnath should take over as the chief selector and should go ahead with tough decisions in the interest of ndian cricket. Also, high time that BCCI insists on pitches with grass for the junior tournaments and gradually do the same at the highest level also. The results in Eng and Aus should be a real eye-opener , but I have my doubts if BCCI would actually do something.

  • on January 7, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    bring irfab back.. we can have 6th batsmen slot and an xtra pace bowler

  • Venkatb on January 7, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    Chika is right - the norm is to blame the selectors but here we have a complete disintegration of a team (again) where poor batting, bowling, fielding and captaincy have all converged upon India this past year - the key problem is that the team is still basking in the glory of the World Cup victory without realizing that they have since been trounced in that format in England and will soon to repeat in Australia.

    Perhaps each player is thinking along the lines of how bad each would look to their respective sponsors and the millions of fans if they did not flash their bats a little bit heroically - SRT is in his sunset years and should go down as someone who never really realized his potential, all his records notwithstanding - there have been umpteen occasions for him to take rearguard action - Hanif Mohammed, Dennis Amiss, Barrington and even Trevor Bailey are notable examples of folks who stood and never surrendered their wicket when the occasion demanded.

  • imtiaz-jamal on January 7, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    I am Pakistani fan but i can say that without a hesitation Australia is the world No.1 cricket team, they can play in any conditions when they are at their best they can beat everyone, and about England and India these two top ranking teams are totally depend on favourable conditions.

  • ssenthil on January 7, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Laxman time up, he has to go. He is dead duck against moving balls and he is not a great fielder as well apart from the slips. He was fortunate to face N Lyon in the 2nd Innings as he scored more then half of his runs against him and more then 50 over old ball but still well set, he had no chance to stand up to the second new ball, shows he is gone. 3 single digit Innings and in Eng tour avg of 22.75, don't help either. He has scored well in India perhaps in Eden and I m sure, given a chance any youngster would have done the same in India. India must start to rebuilding the Middle order and Laxman must go first and then Dravid in 2013 end and then Sachin in 2014 end, each every year. We can't afford to have a fresh 4 batsman coming in for Tests though until 2014 we don't have any overseas tours that also is the best time to groom young Indian Batsman at home.

  • m_ilind on January 7, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Srikkanth seems to forget that the legendary seniors though great as they are, are now getting on in age, and may hardly be able to play the type of long innings they used to earlier. You can still get attractive 50's from them, but that's all you will get from them. Sachin has played almost a year without getting his 100th ton! They still form the core of our batting, but if others don't step up soon, our batting will keep floundering! No wonder we struggle to put up 300 overseas on fast bouncy pitches where footwork, reflexes are tested much more than on the slow dead tracks at home. While I agree that the batting has been the cause of our failures in this series and in Eng, I don't ascribe with the view that this is the best team at the moment.

  • cricketmaniagola on January 7, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    tHE WAY HILFENHAUS HAS BOWLED I THINK MORE THAN PRAVEEN KUMAR A FIT S. SREESANTH COULD HAVE BEEN VERY EFFECTIVE AS HE WAS IN SAFRICA BUT HE DIDNT PERFORM IN ENGLAND...INDIA SHOULD NOT DISCARD HIM AND LET HIM BOWL AGGRESSIVE WITH NATURAL INTINCT AND ASK HIM TO BOWL FAST 140+ FOR WHICH HE IS VERY CAPABLE...MUST BE BACKED ..NOW SINCE ZAHEER N ISHANT ARE ON WANE...ISHANT DIDNT PERFORM IN SOUTH AFRICA, DIDNT DO ANYTHING OF NOTE IN ENGLAND IS BOWLING POORLY IN AUSTRALIA EXCEPT FIRST INNINGS OF MELBOURNE.....HE CANT MOVE THE BALL..CANT LET IT RIP OFF FROM LENGTH USING HIS HEIGHT...CANT REVERSE...BETTER GIVE CHANCE TO MITHUN IN PERTH ATLEAST HE USES CREASE AND FORCES THE BATSMEN TO PLAY AS THE BALL COMES IN WITH ANGLE...AT THE MOMENT ISHANT N UMESH ARE BOWLING SAME LINES..;-(..2 PREDICATABLE!

  • BabaKR on January 7, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Australia was 1/8, 2/8 and 3/37 and then went on to 4/325 and finally declared at 4/659 and the chief selector calls it a batting failure. You have one Zaheer who is playing his first series after an ankle operation. One isn't sure about the fitness of Ishant Sharma. In a country like India we have a someone like Ashwin playing for the country. Is he comparable to the spinners representing SriLanka, Pakistan and for that matter even Bangladesh? Agree Laxman failed to save the team once again and Sehwag, Rahul and Sachin didn't score hundreds. But when will we have 4 decent bowlers representing us in Test Cricket. Further look at the bench. If Zaheer is out we have someone inexperienced and insipid who needs to step into his experienced shoes.

  • ccrriicc on January 7, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    Australia have alwys played better cricket than india that is why Mr. Srikkanth we haven't won a series there. Mr. Srkkanth should know that Indian batting hasn't clicked for the last six oversea tests. How does he plan to deal with the problem? Our cricket players should not be blamed for this repeated poverty in attitude and committment. The selection committe and the honchos at BCCI must resign enblock.

  • AFanOfGoodCricket on January 7, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    I think the selectors are to blame for the loss. You keep on picking the same team. I guess T20 is the criteria to pick the team. Do you consider the Ranji performances at all? Have you ever seen a Ranji match to pick your team? Why do Test players like Abhinav Mukund and Pujara get only 2 chances and get dropped while Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina and Gambhir get so many chances?

  • cricketmaniagola on January 7, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Forget what happened ..focus on ways to improve for Perth..A Rahane should open with gambhir, followed by LaXMAN sACHIN dHONI dRAVID AND sEHWAG...iNDIA NEEDS A LOWER ORDER THAT CAN FACE THE SECOND NEW BALL...SEHWAG N DRAVIOD CAN DO THAT PROVIDED ALL OTHER 5 TOP ORDER BATSMAN PLAY OUT 80 OVERS...SINCE THE BASIC IDEA IS TO KEEP AUSSIES FOR IN FIELD FOR UPTO 150 OVERS....RESULTS WILL FOLLOW

  • on January 7, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    maybe srikanth should just own responsibility and quit

  • Peterincanada on January 7, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    I agree that they were just not good enough. However,things were closer than it appears. At the MCG, even after the first innings collapse, they had Aus one wicket away from perhaps having to chase 150 instead of 292. At the SCG, if they had sent Aus in, they might still have lost but not by as much as they did. In many cases cricket hinges on seizing the moment. India did not do that but I still hope for close matches as the sides are not as far apart as it seems.

  • on January 7, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Last time India won Perth test and Kumble was the captain. Dhoni with his weak captaincy, sub-par batting and on-field demeanor is the weakest link in the team. India bounced back last time because Kumble was an inspirational leader. Dhoni is a calculating/analytical leader and his calculation only work when India is on top. His calculations did not work in England and they will not work in Australia. I am very glad India is not blaming umpires, cricket field, crowd, cricket ball for their pathetic performance. It is first time, Dhoni and his team taken the responsibility for their failure. This is indeed a positive development.

  • mta_imran1985 on January 7, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    DOHNI IS AN EXEPTIONAL ONEDAY PLAYER AS WELL AS A LEADER, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO TEST CRICKET, REAL CRICKET HE IS STILL THINKING TEST CRICKET SAME AS ONEDAY.TEST CRICKET PURELY CAN COMPETE BY TAKING WICKETS RATHER THAN SAVING RUNS, WHERE DOHNI LACKING THE SPECIAL MANTRA. HE IS NOT A TEST CRICKERTER OR TEST CAPTAIN. UNDERSTAB DUDE...........

  • KingOwl on January 7, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Not to worry. The cricketing circus will move back to the sub-continent soon, and all the FTB's will once again rise from the dead! India will once again be glorious!!

  • on January 7, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Its high time now that the Indians batsmen should fight for their own self and their self esteem.The middle-order is getting expose again and again to the new ball which results in a collapse so that's where the Indian opener come into the picture.Virat Kohli controversial news should be forgetten and Rohit Sharma should be given a chance as he has impressed in the One-day format and Ranji trophy as well... Tendulkar should now get his 100th ton in the next innings and the bowlers are diong their respective jobs should do the job in Perth for India which will enable the Indians from being humiliated again in overseas series after the nightmare in England.

  • Perfect.Stranger on January 7, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Its a team sports and the players needs to encourage each other. I miss that in the Indian team. One main reason for this is the aloofness of Dhoni. They need to put a more vocal keeper behind the stumps who can encourage the whole team with his chattering. It has an added advantage of getting on the nerves of Batsmen as they dont enjoy someone shouting in their ears all the time. May be they can play Dhoni as a batsman and try another more vocal keeper. Just a thought.....

  • bharat099 on January 7, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Kris is really good at the blame game. How can he say that selection is perfect? Cheteshwar Pujara, Dinesh Kartik, Parthiv Patel and ever Wasim Jaffer are technically sound batsmen who should definitely be in the reckoning for tours such as this. Maybe in the number 6 spot, which has been vacant for long. If not part of the 11, Pujara and Kartik could have at least been brought along for gaining experience. Instead we are touring with Wriddhiman Saha as an extra. Where are Munaf Patel and Ashish Nehra? Why were they part of the plan all along, only to be excluded for an all important tour? Zak and Ishant are both playing with less than full fitness. If one of them breaks down, the next two tests are going to be a lot easier to lose. Kris should get his end right before passing the blame over to the team.

  • bingohaley on January 7, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Wow! What a razor sharp, insightful and revealing analysis from Srikkanth that led him to conclude that the defeat was because "our batting didn't click as a unit." He is truly one of the great minds in the game. Ordinary mortals like Ian Chappel have a lot to learn from this genius!

  • itsthewayuplay on January 7, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    It doesn't make sense what Srikkanth is saying. The batting hasn't clicked as a unit? What about the bowling? Aus were 214-6 and finished with 333 then 27-4 and finished with 240 in the first test. In the 2nd test they were 37-3. Very similar story to the first 2 tests in Eng where Ind were unable to finish off the tail. The Aus pace bowlers bowlers are not exceptional but have displayed a similar intensity as Eng did. Ashwin doing his best impersonation of Mishra by being more effective with the bat than the ball. Is Aus really playing better cricket or Ind playing worse cricket? The test series home win against the WI was a false dawn and even more so due to a number of dubious and match-turning decisions against the WI.

  • on January 7, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    It is a big relief to see an honest assessment for a change. Yes, the whole world could see that Australia played better cricket in every single department. Such an honest assessment (and not bloody excuses) alone can take corrective measures and play better cricket in the future. But, if we are going to lose quite consistently to better teams for a while, I would like to see that happening playing emerging players. At least there will be some useful experience and real growth for the youngsters who may have the talents to replace the soon to be retired golden oldies. Old stalwarts have already proved their greatness; and they don't need further proof. Do something which will result in some gain for the future of Indian cricket. This series should be the last forum for adding further glory to those who already have it.

  • on January 7, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    They will click on IPL 2012 ,India can ask feom SLC to Loan Thilan and Chandimal for their away tours

  • SPotnis on January 7, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Srikanth, can you possibly start clicking yourself as a selector. What is the point in keeping young cricketers behind the scenes and continue playing old greats at this juncture, when young players need more exposure to international cricket. I agree Dravid, Sachin, VVS are great but what great is it doing to the end result or to the team success? Instead they are keeping guys like Rohit Sharma out of the team and preventing them from getting much needed exposure. Also I am not sure if there is enough team camaraderie. I never seen any Indian player standing at Mid On OR Mid Off giving bowlers any encouragement or tips during the bowlers spell. This shows how close knit as a team they are. Bowlers were getting hammered yet there was no encouragement/motivation what so ever.

  • on January 7, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    It is not good enough to say this is the best batting unit India have got out there. The selectors have to look at the root causes of the problem which start at number one with Sehwag who keeps gifting his wicket away to Yadav at number eleven who just stopped trying at Sdyney. Numbers two to ten are not much better either. It was clear in England that Laxman was past it, Tendulkar's obsession with his hundred 100 sees him changing his batting style the nearer he approaches the landmark . Dravid's slowing reflexes shows him dropping vital catches. There has never been a good replacement for Ganguly at number six. Ashwin is no Kumble, Zaheer is down on pace and Inshant does not bowl to a set field add to this Dhoni's defensive field placing and his inability to bat for long periods in a test match are all a recipe for disaster.

  • ansarahmadansar on January 7, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    sir batting failure so now you should be happy because you have again chance to select m.vijay and abhinav mukund and also good news they are in form we can replace m.vijay to kohli and abhinav mukund to vvs laxman

  • on January 7, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Can I know the reason why Irfan Pathan not included in the squad?

  • Saket_Goel on January 7, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    I feel full commitment and intent is not there. This team is definitely not the best. Kohli is not a test player who can be sent to Australia for getting experience. Dhoni is no where close to being a test batsman. He has never scored substantially ever when we needed. He should work on his batting and should be more aggresive and innovative as a captain. Ashwin has to get experience before he can be sent to places like Australia. Same is true for Yadav because they need to learn how to bowl when wickets are not coming.

  • on January 7, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    Thanks, Mr Srikkanth for your expert analysis. Without your invaluable insights, I would not have guessed in a million years that India lost the 2 Tests because "our batting didn't click".

  • on January 7, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Saw lot of comments from Indians saying Samaraweera is a flat track bully, 2 centuries in his first SA tour. what about the indian batsman, can't score even 300 in an away test, that's who you call flat track bullies

  • Dronaa on January 7, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Mr Srikanth, can you please get real ? unit. Its not the batting or bowling or fielding that has failed, the enire team has failed. And whenever did the batsman click together. It has always been one or two batsmen contributing . Except for England in 2002 when Dravid, VVS and SRT clicked in one go, I do not remember a single instance where all the big guns have fired together. Look at the other teams. Batsmen score in heaps. Kallis gets a 200, AB Devilliers 160, a couple of others get 50+ atleast. A batting unit clicking is like the Australian scoreline @ sydney-> Ponting 134, Clarke 239* Hussey 150*. Thats clicking. For India I can remember 1986 -> Srikanth 111, Gavaskar 172, Amarnath 138, Azhar 59* . After that in 2002 -> Dravid 148, Saurav 128, Sachin 193. More often than not its either SRT or Draivd or VVS clicking or any two of them clicking. How many times have 3 or more batsmen from a single team scored 100+ in the same inings? And how many times have India done it ?

  • on January 7, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    yeah srikanth why dont we have ashwin open the batting hes actually the second higher run getter behind tendulkar i hope srikanth gets fired and ishant sharma,kohli,sehwag,gambhir are out put in irfan pathan and give some youngster a chance

  • on January 7, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    I think it is time to find a new captain. Dhoni is not contributing himself and he is not able to motivate the team members to perform to their full potential.

    Also where the future Tendulakar, Dravid, Ganguly, Yuvraj, VVS, Harbhajan, Dhoni, etc.? I don't see any bright star coming through the pipeline. India needs to set up training programs and employ the services of these highly talented players to train the future cricketers, rather that keep them playing till they fade away completely.

    Most of all, india needs to change the team selectors. The current members of the selection committee don't seem a clue about the game or they don't even have the physical personalities to even look like athletes. People who represent the country in the international arena must have impressive resume and personalities to match the assignment. The current selectors obviously have done a very poor job of selecting the team at this critical juncture when India is falling fast from the ranking.

  • on January 7, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    I Believe Gambhir will rock.. He is very agressive yet thoughful and minded player

  • rajat-column on January 7, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Best team ha ha ha... Where is Irfan Pathan? Till the selectors do not include him, India is not gonna win any of the match overseas.

  • on January 7, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Selection Committee had selected one-day team for the test series. Not a single player in the top order, who can play defence, stick to the wickets and stop wicket-fall at one end, which will create confidence in the next order batsmen. Dravid and Laxman are capable, but age is coming in their way, and there is no point in blaming them. What happened to Jaffer, Mukund. Pujara, Rahane, Chopra, who can play defence and stay longer time at the crease? Why these lame excuses Mr.Srikkanth?

  • ihaq1 on January 7, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    It is really necessary to study the teams failures...why ashwin is unsuccessful...how an australian team shot out by new zealand and south africa scores big and why reknown batsmen can barely score once in four innings...if a spinner cant turn the bowl on a flat dusty track and the oppositions almost failing captain scores a triple century than there must be something seriously wrong...many think a new opening partnership of shankar dhawan and uthapa with sehwag and gambhir playing down the order...this test team had only a few newcomers...indias tried and tested batsmen are probably not as good against bowling that they have not studied before...many consider that dhoni might not be as good a captain as many think with no real strategies to beat the opposition...In sydney he should have tried five bowlers with two spinners...when u cant beat another team conventionally than upside down tactics are needed...dhoni really not upto it...

  • sunny1307 on January 7, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    3rd test Perth:1st inns Aus 499(Ponting 191,Cowan 84 Zaheer 4-109) India 198(Sehwag 60,Ashwin 38,Harris 6-29) 2nd inns Aus 198/3 dec(Ponting 100*,Marsh 56,Yadav 2-56) Ind 129(Dravid 34,Ishant 20).Result:Australia win by 370 runs.....

  • on January 7, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    This is because of wrong bowling Selection in the team which could not impact properly, previous tours buddies are not available at all like Harbajan, Irfan, RP Singh... Also all the batsman are out of form....

  • on January 7, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    If this is the best Indian Batting Line Up India can Dish Out... I sincerely pity their Future.. Prediction: a 4-0 Whitewash to the Aussies..

  • longlivecricket on January 7, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    How about giving the Indian team 3 innings. Most of their recent tests have concluded on the 4th day. I am sure the Sydney test would have been saved if they were allowed to bat on the 5th day. BCCI can lobby. Who would dare say 'no' to them. Or may be just 1 inning for the opposition. Any thoughts???

  • godfreyse on January 7, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    I do agree. But how suddenly the batting is not clicking. The fact of the matter is that the aging 30+ players, with the exception of Sachin, who is a class by himself, cannot deal with the pace on a helpful wicket. And we all know Kohli's problems. since in the WI. SO face it, the situation is not going to get better, once those players r around.

  • on January 7, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Yeah, they wont and they cant !! Except for Dravid, Laxman and Sachin no one has gt the ability to play in bouncy wickets !! When these three fail, then the team fails.. Sehwag has to be dropped nt for lack of form or ability, but for his irresponsibility and lackluster attitude !!

  • TRAM on January 7, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    yep. Absolutely. This is the best team from India. The batting will click again after few weeks (= in Indian pitches). yep. This is the best team.

  • prsubbu on January 7, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Srikkanthji, Any proposals to give Bi-focal spectacles to our grandfather trio (RD+SRT+VVS) so that they can identify and locate "something RED" coming towards them at 140+ KMPH from their grandson generation?

  • on January 7, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    india need to rebuild.their batsmen have grown old and have great difficulty against pace,even WI pacemen were giving them problem

  • on January 7, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Lets play more IPL and we will be bottom of the pile. Do not you see that our batting more suites for IPL now a days than it used to be. Well done BCCI, do not blame batsmen, blame yourself.

  • warez_manu1 on January 7, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    oh cmon are u kidding me srikanth hw smartly u are tryin to cover the selection blunder that u did so that no one points a finger on u .... i knew u would blame guys like sehwag gambhir sachin dravid and laxman whr as virat kohli dhoni ashwyn i know u wud nt say nethng against them .. i mean hw well has dhoni played his captaincy was the worst ever i know all u wana do i get the CSK players in d indians side after all u who cares for the country ur bank accounts are full thats all u want shame on u ....

  • chicoguapo on January 7, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    The fact that Sachin and Dravid got starts and couldnt continue shows what has been said and proven for a while now, that their age is now affecting their concentration....for this level of cricket..but then again..indian fans would say that that is not so...against west indies for example in the one days, a new player was born, the only one who was consistent...thats what india must do now, look for new young players....i hope they do because if not, their fall from greatness would even be greater...

  • SamRoy on January 7, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    After the Australian tour, Srikkanth needs to booted out of selection panel, Dhoni needs to be relieved of test captaincy and Fletcher needs to be kicked out of the role for national coach. Also Dravid and Laxman need to be served with "THANK YOU AND BEST YOU OF LUCK IN YOUR FUTURE ENDEAVOURS" . They are an absolute baggage on the field (unlike Ponting and Hussey who are tremendous fielders) and inspire no one with their fielding. And Dravid has dropped more than 60 regulation catches in the last 5 years. Catching about 10 spectacular ones in last 5 years doesn't make up for the 60 straight forward ones which he has spilt.

  • chicoguapo on January 7, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Accept it...India have a more or less batting units that is very old and have no guts...they cannot fight through aggresive or good bowling...Even against an up and coming West Indies side, they didnt look that convincing...if west indies had took all their catches, life wouldnt have been the same for them....their bowling unit doesnt impress....India needs to rebuild and to realize that for test, Sehwag really isnt a reliable batsman...he gives you fifty quick runs and thats that...but in test isnt it worst fifty quick runs than fifty runs and time at the crease? A true indian fan would accept that with the age of tendulkar, laxman, dravid....who are the best batsmen on the team, that india do have a problem

  • insightfulcricketer on January 7, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Mr Cheeka - Forget about this capitulation.We fans are condemned to indignities now with this gutless performance. But answer one question - After English debacle of 4-0 why Indian team was not subjected to hard and firmer wickets in home test series at Mumbai and Kolkata? Why? Why these players were hidden behind dead wickets? Were you expecting dead wickets in Australia too? Just answer this simple question.What was the grand plan?

  • on January 7, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    we have accept the fact selection panel as to be bold to drop useless opener sehwag and give abinav mukund to go ahead and chestwar pujara to come in middle.. HOW LONG WE PRESIST WITH NON-PLAYING CAPTAIN MR.DHONI IN TEAM and spoil the test status of we rank today... think wisely

  • on January 7, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    In fact Shrikant is the main reason of India's failure in both England and Australia. In Sydney Kohli should not have been played Rohit should have been played. Half fit Ishant also should have been dropped.Why so many fast bowlers are taken if they are not played.

  • vallavarayar on January 7, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Did somebody say that India were favourites for this tour?!

  • BnH1985Fan on January 7, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Please, enough with the excuses already. India, based on their performance in England and now in Oz thus far, are going to lose remaining two test matches. India's fans grounded in reality already know this.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 7, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Dhoni was honest???? He was anything but honest, constantly on the look-out for a scape-goat. Did he FOR ONCE, I repeat, FOR ONCE at least suggest that he needs to look at his awful Captaincy when the opposition is under pressure? He is trying to hide behind the batsmen's failure. India became no.1 despite Dhoni and his horrible captaincy. Our batsmen's peerless performances hid his horrible captaincy. HOW, I repeat, HOW would you explain the opposition's tailenders (starting from Boucher to Fidel Edwards to Broad to Swann to Bresnan to Pattinson to Hilfenhaus) escaping and making tremendous contributions and in the process converting hopelessly losing situations into draws or wins for their respective countries? Chika and Dhoni need to wake up, smell the coffee and look in the mirror. Shame!

  • AvidCricFan on January 7, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    The team should not be selected based on past performances but based on skills for given conditions. Also look at the strategy of persisting with old player versus grooming new ones. Its time for VVS to pack up. Age is quickly catching up no him. He did not perform well well in England and failing here. He is liability in the field. Even Dravid is showing venerability in defense where he used to be rock solid. Shewag also does not look same now. Gambhir is seriously lacking skills to play on bouncy wickets. Kohli lacks skills for test match playing. These are the things selectors, captain and coaching staff need to take into consideration.

  • RoyalAP on January 7, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    I dont think this is the best team available.Sreesanth,Irfan Pathan,Ashok Dinda,Manoj Tiwary,Manish Pandey are all waiting outside

  • LeftBrain on January 7, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    No Excuse?? the biggest excuse is they are Indian team! This is what they do, this is what they are capable of. In last year, they played every test, (except fourth test of England series), against a side ranked lower then them in ICC ranking, and the moment opposition start doing good, India capitulated like piece of wet paper. They couldnt win a single test abroad despite playing against "lesser ranked" teams. In England India had injuries so they lost, Now Australia has injuries, they dont have their first choice opener (Watson) first choice bowling attack (Cummins, Johnson, Watson), first choice Keeper (Paine) and still it is India who is loosing shamelessly. May be it is not about injuries, it is about talent and will to play for your country and not for IPL money or personal records some of the so-called gods play for in their entire careers)

  • on January 7, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    It has nothing to do with batsmen. They are used to the flat pitches in India, and can't bat anywhere else in the world. Along with batsmen being horrid, our bowling is even worse. In Australia they'll never pick up any of our bowlers for their team because they are that bad.

  • Jack_India on January 7, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Srikkanth is wrong. After being at 37/3, Australia went to 659/4 declared. THAT is a bowling failure.

  • joelaugustine on January 7, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    I will say sachin is the lone reason for india's poor performance in Australia.Shewag got a double ton recently, how many of us celebrated that,i don't believe there was any media hype around that performance.Whatever any other player had done in Australia would not have appreciated because everyone is waiting for the 'magical' hundredth hundred.So no one other than sachin is expected to perform but sachin is not producing what is really expected from him.After all every player is playing for glory,not only sachin.

  • on January 7, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Oh, 'clicking' problem - change the mouse! Don't go abroad.

  • on January 7, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Dude where is Cheteshwar Pujaram who helped to save Test Match against Aus.....n Kohli is still nt mature enough to play Test cricket ,, he is perfect for ODI n T20 but nt for test.... n pls select the player on merit basis nt on region basis.. i hpe u got it Mr, Chikka,,,,,,,,,

  • on January 7, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    I would also say indian bowling was interior than Australians. Sehwag and Dhoni did not value their wickets. Wrong and very defense field setting, lethargic players as seemed they are not given any food for days, lack of enthusiasm in the field. All these are reasons for India's poor show.

  • BustIPL on January 7, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Can u please include kapil dev and gavaskar as well. Perhaps kumble can also make the eleven given his fitness level. You give them rest against west indies both before england series and here as well, then disturbing a combination where rohit was leading the batting. Dhoni wanted to replace these retired players long ago.

  • Nampally on January 7, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Srikanth expects this team to win at Perth! With 4 bowlers who are already at their lowest ebb of their confidence having given 620 runs for one wicket, this is an unrealistic expectation. India needs new bowlers to raise the morale & capabilities. Why are Selectors so intent on trying to justify their poor selection? Better approach is to accept the deficiency & provide corrective actions. This is first step to path forward. If you don't, then God help you! It is a lost cause all the way.Send Dinda, Pathan & Jadeja to boost the team capability & its morale. Addressing the cause of defeat is better than illogical JUSTIFICATION. Sehwag & Gambhir are flashy batsmen & Fab 3 are no longer in their prime. These batsmen need reasonable targets NOT being totally demoralized on field like 620 runs for one wkt!.Strengthen bowling with wkt. taking bowlers. This Indian team may be good but far from BEST.Make it better by addressing deficiencies to save Indian prestige abroad.Forget personal EGO.

  • on January 7, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Play IPL and champions league only...T20 cricket only..glmour money everything..and have mr srikanth dancing as he once was dancing when CSK won the IPL...wot reason for losing 6 away test matches?..huh wot reason?...shameful..utter disgrace...it only happens with subcontinent sides..plzz anyone tell me why...when a side like NZ who is at no. 8 can beat australia..why couldn't india..help me out folks...plzz...:( :(

  • 777aditya on January 7, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    where is Irfan? we need a medium fast bowling all rounder along with Ashwin and hopefully they can pick up 2 wickets apiece and score 30 odd runs if required - then we can say we have the best team available, not now

  • on January 7, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    The difference is that the Indian batsmen have been found wanting against the fast swinging ball. Their habit of playing on batsmen friendly pitches in India where one can play on the up with impunity and slash at balls outside the off stump without worrying about the swing has come bac to haunt them down under. Sewhag's overall average in Australia is much lower than his overall career average, despite flashes of brilliance in the past. With his style of batting, it is difficult to see him being consistent in Australia. India's best player of outswing, Dravid has got bowled on most occasions to the incoming delivery. Laxman is a pale shadow of his former imperial self. Kohli has been completely out of sorts. Gambhir has been struggling to get off the blocks with the outswingers. Dhoni may have a good temperament, but does not have the class to face good bowling under these conditions. On the other, Zaheer does not have back up that is consistently hostile and on the spot.

  • JayFL on January 7, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    It is not just batting, it is the way the Team India's attitude, the fielding placement, continually of the bowling pitching at right areas etc. If you see Ashwin's bowling, he was pitching lots of short pitch deliveries and giving lots of room, Yadav would bowl few overs very lose, all those allow the Aussies into setting their eyes on the field. So please dont just blame just batting. Their body language, Dhoni's attitude and field placement i think was one of the main reason. I also blame the IPL, the players aer making so much of IPL money that their priority towards international cricket has changed. I think the commitment of every player is in question and if they are not 100% committed then they should give other people chance. They should realize that they are playing for India.

  • D.S.A on January 7, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Correction: away from Asia

  • on January 7, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    india gona lose this series big time :D

  • Nampally on January 7, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Whilst recognizing that Indian batting failed to get centuries, it is by no means "the best team" as Dhoni & Srikanth claim.How can a team give 620 runs while claiming just one wicket in nearly 5 seesions of play? Bowling & fielding have to be deficient to put up such a poor show. To call it the best team is a JOKE!. India needs wicket taking bowlers. Some of the best bowlers this year in the Ranji matches have been excluded from the squad. This includes Ashok Dinda, the highest wicket taker & Irfan pathan the second highest. The squad has no recognized back up opening bat like Mukund or Utappa, both dominant in Ranji games. The squad does not have a" recognized all rounder" either. Both Jadeja,who scored a triple hundred in Ranji & Irfan pathan would fit the bill.Ashwin went in as a bowler & fortunatley did well in batting- nearest all rounder.If an all rounder had played at SCG test, India would have had one more bowler.Batting failure is pathetic excuse when bowling is so Poor!.

  • D.S.A on January 7, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    No worries. India appear to not be playing any strong, Test playing nation, away from home, for about two whole years after this tour. That's plenty of time to rebuild the broken reputations, caused by England tour and the Australian tour. Break some more batting records in Asia exclusively!

  • Hseehtar on January 7, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Its true India completely outpalyed last 2 tests matches, but as a cricket team India need a good batting line-up along with good bowling back-up. Blaiming all batsmen is not a good idea, then as India's chief selector you try to keep 11 batsmen on team, then there is no question of losing the game after falling of Viru, Dravid, Sachin and etc or send some other bowlers, such as srisanth and etc to join the team. best of luck in perth (history says india...)

  • sajjad.kernel on January 7, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    keep dreaming indians....you can never win away series until you find quality bowlers, and batsman that put country first rather than playing for self glory....

  • Percy_Fender on January 7, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    I believe that we have all been taken in by the success that both Sehwag and Gambhir have had before this series. Unrealistically so really because niether of them are technically good.Sehwag's success in the past has been without doubt because of his wonderful hand eye co-ordination and sheer guts to bite the bullet even before it has reached him.But he has become older and surely his reflexes may not be what they were when he could just belt everyone around senseless. We need a couple of highly technical perfectionaists at the top, who have also scored well in doestic cricket. Someone like Kaustubh Pawar of Mumbai the improved Mukund of Tamil Nadu and Chet Pujara who looks like the younger day Dravid.Then we need some spirited types who will make a fist of it whatever the situation is like Maneria of Rajasthan and Surya Yadav of Mumbai again. Because of the success the current top order have had, everyone one thought that they would go on for life.Time for Jimmy to take over perhaps

  • rsurya on January 7, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    This man is the reason for failure. No cricketing brain. With this bowling attack you can't expect to win any match.

  • zaain on January 7, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    This is the best Team we have at the moment..and they failed miserably..Quiet rightly it is the best selected team but it is beyond imagination why they fail to fire every time they go overseas..2ndly it is also beyond imagination how sachin has 14 scores of 70plus after his last century including 5 in 9o's and he still gets short of a 1oo.

  • on January 7, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    If shrikant ponders out side south india... Im sure he will get some more better cricketers to play for india. Time to give rohit sharma a chance, also get back irfan pathan. He was the one who won it for india last time in perth. Also its high time our so called big 3 shud retire and give youngsters a chance.

  • on January 7, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    MR SRIKKANT WE DID NOT EVEN PICK WICKETS MY FRIEND STOP GIVING REASONS , WE PLAYED A VERY BAD GAME ...OK .....MAY BE YOU HAVE NOT INCLUDED EXPERIENCE BOWLER IN THAT TEAM ...DONT JUSTIFI NOW ...

  • Alexk400 on January 7, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    My Blame List in order. 1. Duncan fletcher (no planning). 2. Sehwag ( i am sehwagologist but i don't agree sehwag hitting the ball in air in early part of inning. Don't know why ? lack common sense?).3. Sachin 100th 100 hype takes away from actual goal. 4. Lack of middle order contribution. tail start once sehwag out. 5. Lack of decent opening stand. 6. Dhoni conservative leadership. 7. Bowling ineffective and plain clueless when aussies bowl one side of stump , why indians can't ?. why bowling at the pads? Is Indian bowler brainless ? I also think they lack energy to bowl in consecutive test. Next test one for them will break down. 8. Ashwin batting is good , his spin do not work in Test. His variation can be worked out. He still good in ODI not in Test. Too aggressive give too much runs. 9. Dhoni batting/wicket keeping skill. We play with 10 players in batting because dhoni batting non existent when he plays 150kmph fast bowling... there you go.

  • on January 7, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    So Australia were 600+ for 4 and they declared and its India's batting failure you are worried about?

    Even if India has much much better batting side it would have only got them a draw.

    Its a bowling failure.

  • on January 7, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Get rid of Dhoni & Kholi, if you (india) realy wants to do good in test cricket. you are simply making yourself joker in front of the world showing this two player is actually atest player. common India. Bring back Mohammad Zafar, Rohit Sharma ..

  • on January 7, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Yes We had chance at Melbourne and let them to slip Were as in Sydney we are completely out played

  • on January 7, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    How many times do we hear the same thing from him ... lol funny. It's sorry to find that we can't find best batting unit from over a billion and more people. Good at least we were lucky this time around, as Pattison won't be playing the remainder of the series. It's waste of time to watch Team India when playing outside the country .... their abroad record is pathetic. And in india we still continue to play in low and spin tracks where the rest of the world is the other way around.

  • SatishT2105 on January 7, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Stating the obvious. The Team cannot blame misfortune this time as every externa factor is conducive. Most importantly the opponents aren't with their full strength side and some of their players are woefully out of form. Inspite of that we have been rolled over 0-2 by the Aussies in 2 Test Matches within 4 days on each occassion. So, now they have said that the bounce & seam movement is the reason for defeat and we haven't even reached Perth. The batting has let us down and the rooki bowling attack led by 1 ageing spearhead was always gonna be found wanting. If we bat 1st, we cant handle the grasstops and when we bat 2nd, we can't handle the pressure. How can we compete???

  • vin93 on January 7, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    Fire Fletcher, bring back GARY!!!! thats all it takes. Short term: With pattinson injured, there's some hope any way. India just will have to play positive and try to square the series. If you loose..big deal, we already saw 4-0 in England. Long term: Just pray that some one with some brains and commitment walks into BCCI. Please stop taking guys with big IPL success into test teams and get some real test players and get the Dravids, Tendulkars and Laxmans out over the next 2 years one by one. I totally agree playing tests at home on turning tracks for home advantage (Aus, Eng, NZ and SA will prepare real boucy tracks anyway while playing at home with subcontinent teams) but some fast tracks at home for domestic season will only help us.

  • Sheela on January 7, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Blaming Indian batsmen only does not seem to be correct. Even Indian fielding was pathetic, to say the least and looked more like office cricket teams enjoying the sun, maybe office teams field better. Let us accept facts as they exist and not gloss over these.

  • ahweak on January 7, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Yes, every member has accepted that Australia is playing better cricket, which is why they let their shoulders droop and waited for declaration in Sydney. No sign of a fight on the field - this is the best team we have. SAD.

  • Herath-UK on January 7, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    To say this is the best team we have is admission of empty cupboard and what would be the plight when the ageing stars retire;probably a worse case scenario than Sri Lanka at the moment. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • on January 7, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    replace virat with Rohith sharma yaar...

  • Shiju2011 on January 7, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    In Perth, as we did in the last series, I think, Aswin could be the No. 3 batter and that will surprise the Ausies. Aswin can pull down any attack if he has been given freedom to play his natural game and that would give the middle order batters a confidence. Or, bring Rohit in and let him also manage the spin department together with Sehvag or Sachin. I even prefer Rohit ahead of Virat if the management allow Aswin at No. 3.

  • nsmargasahayamsn on January 7, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    K.Shrikkanth- Our esteemed selector in chief has failed. He has failed to assess the Aussies for a long time - even as a cricketeer he failed as a batsmen, unable to guage the aussies as a team or the pitches in Oz. Now with lack of understanding as a player he has again made similar issues with team selection compunded by lack of vision or passion or pride for India. The problem is greed of money- lack of strategy and vision- so he blames the ageing batsmen, the loosing bowlers and of course he cannot criticize MSD - afterall he chose and promoted MSD to be the Test Captain! So he justifies his foibles by saying MSD Is right the batsmen and bowlers fell short! Wake up and smell the roses - Michal Clarke and co with Mickey Arthur are better than MSD and co with Duncan Fletcher! O for a Gary Krsten-

  • crickprof on January 7, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    IND should remove the aging players, now it is time to give the chance to young players, what worse would be if young players get the same defeat as the old players got, atleast young players can learn the experience.........

  • Shiju2011 on January 7, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    This Indian team can do better than the Ausies... but the problem is that the openers did not give a good start. This could have taken the pressure off from the middle order, esp. Sachin. When Sachin is good, on the other end the wickets are falling and then he is compelled to control his natural game. The result is that he gets out unexpectedly, as it happened in all the four innings he played in Australia. So... Sevag, please try to leave balls that are wide off... and even if you attempt show some foot work instead of bending too much to strike the ball... Gambir also should not try ball in the middle and off stumps to work out to the on side which always ends up a leading edge that finished his resistance in two inningses in Ausies. Also, the team management can try VVS or Kohli at NO. 3 and give some breath to Dravid. Now, he used to be in the crease in side the first 5 overs. That gives him also much preasure and cannot play his natural game.

  • on January 7, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    I mean why everybody is just blaming the batsmen but truth is we haven't been able to even pick up 10 wickets llet alone 20 wickets .

  • on January 7, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Mr.Srikkanth why Irfan Pathan has not been selected for this tour??? Would u please answer that?

    Team India, please play Vinay Kumar in the next Test match. He is India's version of Hilfenhaus. With his accuracy & swing, he will surely trouble Australians at Perth.

  • on January 7, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    India has a strong batting line up. However the aging trio, although technically sound, does not have the concentration capacity due to advancing age, to score big hundreds. Now that the series is almost lost, they should give experience to youngsters. Moreover, the bowling attack lacks depth. One bowler at a time is performing a little wth no consistent pressure. Indian team management will have to be ruthless to atleast get the youngsters off the ground for future.

  • on January 7, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Its pointless to play sachin, dravid, and laxman if they cannot produce big score and draw this series. They are in their penultimate stage in they long carrier , its high time Indian cricket moves on. Bold decisions has to be taken........

  • PerfectTen on January 7, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    The Oracle speaks...'batting didn't click as a unit'. Cut the cliche and say something more worthy of your post of chairman of selectors. Now, you must be thinking of preparing the ground for a certain Anirudha Srikkanth to be considered as a replacement for the mentally wounded warhorses. Jimmy, where are you?

  • Subhajit111 on January 7, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    I think what Mr.Srikkanth is telling is just a part of the story but where is that part where Indian bowlers & our captain play for the Australians a huge role,and it's really great to watch that how much consistency have in Dhoni & Kohli that they continuously playing poor cricket on the field and still getting chances in the next match. Mr.Srikkanth,we also have W.Saha & Rohit Sahrma in 16 members team & Ashok Dinda in India whose are just want a chance.

  • on January 7, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    History repeats! comments repeats , and now same reasons also repeating... Common Team India we used to it after six successive defeats away... Try to stop this loosing streak...

  • on January 7, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    The fact of the matter is that the Aussies r taking half the Indian team between the 1stov & 35thov. India r making all their runs between the 40thov & 79ov. When the 2nd new ball is taken they r all out. Ashwin makes his runs when the ball is old(after 40ovs). Now unless Sahwag gets serious India will be whitewashed. Sachin is trying his best. Dravid is having problems with the pace. It is unfair to Rohit, to bring him in at this late stage, but India don't have a choice,just play the kid. As a WI, India is making me feel shame, We have roots in India. As weak as we r Aussies will never W/W us in the WI, when they come. We r a proud people.

  • abyrao on January 7, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Ofcourse its a batting failure but i feel the bowling has equally let India down. 600 plus runs are piled and not even half the side is run over then there is a serious problem. Bracewell showed in the previous series how pressure can be build on Australia and Brownlie showed even after the seniors flop how a no 6 can turn a match. Thats where the problem is with Kohli and Ishant. Despite Gambhir played well in the 2nd inngs he is a concern as well.

  • on January 7, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    blabberer at his peak! Cheeka has always been saying that this is the best team .....but the irony is that we are not playing the best eleven which is suited for playing abroad....history points out that any team playing in australia ( including the host) should have their one of the best batsman to come in at No.6 but india has always faltered ( yuvraj in2007 and kohli now)..the best year till date for india in australia is 2003-04 and laxman was there at No.6....making basic mistakes and blabbering that this is the best team we have has become a common speech of our chairman!

  • on January 7, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    See the god of cricket. Not being able to hit aton. So shame

  • insightfulcricketer on January 7, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    One has to admit the most professional team by a distance was Australia. Indian batting and bowling was truly amateurish. It is highly ironic that it is the Indian team who is paid more lavishly and they played with no plan. Players like Ishant lack obvious bowling skill but at least should bowl professionally and stick to one side of the wicket.Same goes with Dravid and Shewag whose running between the wickets was so pathetic even when they were batting well in 1st test.They were not fit enough to take 3s instead took only 2s. It is time to overhaul this team.Thank them for services but Dravid,Shewag,Laxman and Ishant have to go.In Indian pitches even the youngsters will score so no point to have these old foggies around.This time BCCI should stick harshly and no compromise on fitness and basics like fielding athletically and running between the wickets.I suspect fiefdoms rule in BCCI and nobody cares what product is put forth.Look at Ashwin in the field for so young so pathetic!

  • Ghelanis on January 7, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    If bowlers will maintain line and length and an aggressive field set is encouraged, TeamIndia is more than capable to bounce back.Inclusion of a left arm spinner and use of spinners while the bowl still has the shine can bring a prospective change and a paradigm shift.With 3 quickies and 2 spinners, Ashwin can definitely do justice to bat in the top 7. Having the wicketkeeper stand up to the wickets to a newish ball will challenge the mindsets of the batsmen.Short spells on both sides should be tested.It might well be a thriller.....

  • Prinzzzz on January 7, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    pls schedule few more IPL matches n CL n play 7ODI 5test match against WI BD ZIM n destroy indian cricket.. n blame on batting n bowling.. a player hv a limit.. when will BCCI understand dat

  • on January 7, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    That is not correct. Why Irfan Pathan was gtiven cold shoulder again &again. On waht basis mithun and Vinay selected ahead of him. This theory of only four front-line bowlers is OK if you have bowlers like Shane warne & McGrath. If you wanted use only four bowlers then there should be an all rounder like Pathan. Jadeja would be better than the batsman no 6, For that matter the batsman Virat has not shown anything to rave about. As they say if five top order could not get the sixth one would not do justice unless it is Gilchrist. This is where Dhoni failed miserably.

  • indianpunter on January 7, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Master of stating the obvious, Srikanth is! The impending 4-0 annihilation will be quickly forgotten. We have the IPL coming in April. A 57 day extravaganza. Yay!!

  • on January 7, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    You know what this interview has proved nothing going to change..well done india keep playing and winning at home..hope to see some matches with SL and Bangladesh again so we can get that no.1 rank again. :)

    Srikantth said aus played better then india, Someone tell him that aus outplayed india in all departments..

    This shows selectors or board doesnt care about fan's emotions or results just money is everything for them.

    This was last test match i watched of my life..good bye cricket..:)

  • on January 7, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    I think this guy is delusional just like Dhoni ... I do not agree with him that this is best team they can select from india.I believe kohli and Sehwag are technically weak and they are not test match material atleast in away tours.I think Rohit is 100 times better then kohli.

  • on January 7, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    I want the Indian fans to be honest with themselves. Go back to the recently concluded WI/INDIA test series. WI lost 2-0, but could have won at least 1 of those matches. The pt is a young & inexperience team put them under pressure at home. What do u expect agst a much more powerful line up in their back yard. Again, look at the scores India made agst WI & the scores WI made agst them. Make yr own assessment, India could be facing another away whitewash.

  • on January 7, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    India is touring Australia leaving out its best test bowler of recent times, Sreesanth. Will only another disastrous tour force indian selectors to call him back. Where are Zaheer's fans, now that he has proved his worthlessness. Anyway the batting has come back in the second innings in Sydney that is certainly appreciable but our bowling is not certainly up to the mark.

  • on January 7, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    well i dnt think talent wise oz team is any no wre close to indian side....but when it comes to mental attitude oz team have no match....this oz side is no wre closer to one tht wass captined by steve waugh or ponting....but even wot keeps this new look ausse side favorite is there belief and mental tough ness.......ma advice to BBCI inspite of spending millions on appointing coach ....spend few thousand dollers and hire a PHYSCOLOGISTS......

  • on January 7, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    In reading these comments from Mr. Srikkanth, one almost senses that in his opinion, our bowling and fielding seem to be ok. I must say that the gentleman has a sense of humour.

  • on January 7, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    If only the selectors and BCCI woke up after England series instead of pushing everything under carpet the things would have been different. This same Chikka said that England is one off series and nothing to worry about. if onlythey did some post-match analysis after England series....

  • on January 7, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Yes i agree with what srika but past is past no 1 can buy back the past............Indian batsmen have 2 learn a lot.......especially from BCCI. Yes they have 2 revolt against BCCI asking for IPL salary in test and test salary in IPL. So concentration shifts to Test...

  • Marcio on January 7, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    When India were 3/200 at the end of the 2nd day of the 1st test I wrote here that I have seen enough to know that India's batsmen are really going to struggle in this series. Despite the healthy looking scoreboard India's batsmen looked poor, with the exception of Tendulkar. The ball beat the bat about 70 times during that innings to date. It was only unfeasible luck which saw not a single edge carry to slip. The next day the same thing happened - except that there were more edges than in surrealist painting, and the team list about 7/70. So even at 3/200 things were not quite as rosy as Srikanth suggests.

  • SAJIL_KERALA on January 7, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    I do partially agree with Shrikanth that the current team is the best, but team could have been world beaters had he added a few of his favorites like blazing Anirudha Srikanth, Mukund, Master blaster Vijay,tear away fast bowlers like Jogider Sharma and Yo Mahesh, and legendary Sreesanth. All these name could have provided great supplement to the team captain Dhoni, the greatest captain and all rounder of 21st Century.

  • on January 7, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    We did well at Perth because Irfan(MOM) was there not just with ball but with bat too. We need either Irfan and/or Praveen Kumar but we dont have them. Irfan could have batted better than Kohli too. Other thing is that Rohit Sharma should be included, he is far more talented than some of the other batsmen on offer. Not sure why we dont go back in recent history when selecting players, specially after the debacle in England. I defer that this is the best playing eleven. Some key players are not in eleven.

  • on January 7, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    MAHENDIRA SINGH DHONI MAKE 475 RUN IN LAST TWO TEST HE IS WONDERFUL PLAYER DONT REMOVE HIM FROM TEST SQUAD INDIA DON'T WANT QUALITY PLAYER INDIAN TEAM NEED ONLY LUCKY PLAYER HA HA HA HA HA

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on January 7, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    step down srikkanth you are not worth any more GOODBYE

  • on January 7, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    thank you Mr Srikanth, we all have seen that, you care to tell us why?

  • ChuckyDoll on January 7, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    Time to look to the future. Give a long rope to Kohli, Rohit, Raina and Pujara. Let them be part of the team for every test series. Same with bowlers. Pick 4 or 5 20 year olds and let them travel. Let 8 youngsters gel together and find their game. Baptism by fire is the only way. BCCI, Kris Shrikkanth needs to show intent not just "honest admission".

  • on January 7, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Mr.Srikanth : Why don't you accept that ..... 1. Our players have grown stale because of too much cricket. 2.Our batting fails against quality bowling. 3.We have a defensive approach. 4.We lost 0-4 in England and it is expected we will repeat the result in Australia too! 5.We do not have bowlers who can run through the opposition twice in 5 days! 6.Our domestic cricket has been totally neglected .. .. how many Ranji-Duleep matches have our famed batting line up played in last 5 years? Stop making excuses and fact the reality that we are paper tigers and we can win matches on our own tutored pitches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • here2rock on January 7, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    First thing BCCI can do it get rid of Srikant. It is a shame for him to say that this is the best India has, it is a slap on India's supporters. If this is the best we have then we must stop supporting India. India is carrying tooman 35+ players in the side.

  • Raju_Iyer on January 7, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    The most sensible comments from Srikant, let us accept that there are 11 Indians out there who are giving it their all, unfortunately they were outplayed by the home team. How can we forget that our team won matches like Mohali from virtually impossible situations not very long ago against the Australians? It is a question of keeping the faith and we will be rewarded in the end.

  • Sporty-critic on January 7, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    It has become a standard to offer excuses after a poor performance. But are we doing enough to encourage young talents. Judging by the way, the current lot is continuing, the younger generation may look to other sports soon. Its high time we give our youngsters their right to play for our country.

  • Wefinishthis on January 7, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Wait, there's no injuries and Praveen Kumar is NOT playing? How did the Indian selectors ever think that Sharma is better than Kumar? As an Aussie supporter I'm certainly not complaining, but we have our own problems watching Hilfenhaus and Siddle trying to get wickets consistently against the English batsmen as well as Haddin dropping catches of Pattinson and not contributing with the bat. Can any Indian fan explain to us why Kumar is not in the side?

  • on January 7, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    i think it is the bane of the ipl which is responsible for this pathetic showing there is no point in blaming the fab 3 it is time the young brigade take responsibility why not have seperate teams for ipl and tests

  • andrew27994 on January 7, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Mr. Srikkanth and Mr.Dhoni, I am pleading with you to replace Virat with Vinay/ Mithun. There is absolutely no need to go with the extra batsman. India need to think about getting 20 wickets on a good bowling pitch like Perth. India's batsmen have not clicked. Yes I agree but having Dhoni bat at 6 and Ashwin bat at 7 is good enough. Also by bringing the extra bowler who can bat, it reduces burden and also pressure on the main bowlers like Zaheer and Ishant. Rohit can either replace Laxman in next match or play in Adelaide at No.6. Ashwin is a potential all-rounder. So there is no reason why he should not bat at 7. Dhoni is at his best when he bats up the order and can also be used as a counter-attack weapon like how Australia used Hussey at the MCG.

  • Buggsy on January 7, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Why oh why are India so obsessed with the batting? Sure 191 wasn't a good score by any means, but it's somewhat defendable. The reason why India are losing (and lost in England) is their inability to take 20 wickets. Apart from Zaheer, the line and lengths offered up by the rest really needs urgent attention. Ishant has been in the team long enough, he should know better by now.

  • Scrop on January 7, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    Alright, India are 2-0 down, the competed well for 3 days in MCG and were no match to Aus in SCG. Its 5 days days of bad cricket, mainly Indian batters dint stand up and as well Aus played better cricket and their bowlers have their tail up.

    Still all is not lost, the team can still pick up and make it 2-2, it all depends on how India bat and bowl in 1-2 innings in Perth game.

    i wish and hope India show up the fight and come home with pride.

  • HellCatstar on January 7, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    Down under tour is like a vacation for Indian team. Lets see what BCCI is going to do to ICC to change the rules of Test cricket so that India can win matches away.

  • on January 7, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    How about captaincy? Its very easy to just blame the batting. Its not about giving or not giving excuses. Its all about identifying mistakes, rectifying it and putting up a better show. Instead of turning a blind eye to the glaring loopholes right infront of us, we are just ignoring everything and hoping for a fairytale to bail us out. Get youngsters in. Change captaincy tactics, I dunno what Fletcher is doing in the side if he cant advise the captain to change the approach. No away series till end of 2013. All will be forgotten anyways, no point we wasting our time analysing what went wrong.

  • Sakthiivel on January 7, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Yes we dont have a better team than this... But what we can do is that give chance for Young.. If we lose dont care its no issue.. No one will speak hard at young team failure.

  • CriKLover1234 on January 7, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Unless the selectors select players who play for the nation we won't win. Why is Irfan not playing? He is the best all rounder we had who gave 100% to the nation. Dhoni just got lucky and had the best team to win the world cup (which was effort of Yuvi and Zak) and Dhoni got the credit. If India has to win we need players like Irfan back who play for the nation. Sack Dhoni as test captain and give it to someone who has the balls to win and get Irfan back. Kick Dhoni for a 0-6 record.

  • Romenevans on January 7, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    The Team for next Test against Australia should be : Virat Kohli [Captain] , Suresh Raina [Vice Captain] , Sreevats Goswami [Wicket Keeper], Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron [Sreeshanth if Aaron not fit], Irfan Pathan, Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey or Pujara, Rahane, Mukund, Pragyan Ojha ! The Batting Order should be : Rahane , Mukund , Virat Kohli , Rohit Sharma , Manish Pandey , Suresh Raina, Sreevats Goswami, Irfan Pathan , Pragyan Ojha , Umesh Yadav , Aaron , Pujara [12th Man] !! Goodluck INDIA !!! Also Sourav Ganguly to be made the Coach and Rahul Dravid the Selector !!!!

  • Romenevans on January 7, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    After the splendid performance of India in the test series so far the following decisions have been taken 1) The series name has been changed from " Agneepath Series" to "GaanPhat Series". The official name" Border Gavaskar Series" has been changed to " Lion - rabbit series" 2) Our Players are enthroned with the following master degrees Sachin - Tension master, Dhoni - Helpless master, Virat - Finger master Sehwag - Irresponsible Slashing master, Gambhir - Poking master, ishant - wicketless master, dravid -Batpad gap master, laxman - Moving ball failure master, ashwin - be positive master 3) BCCI will call Bangladesh and Zimbabwe immediately to india to play 3 test matches series each. We will beat them and glorify ourself. 4) Dhoni will no longer be available for post match interview. A voice record of his previous interview will be played stating " we will fight hard and win next match"

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  • Romenevans on January 7, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    After the splendid performance of India in the test series so far the following decisions have been taken 1) The series name has been changed from " Agneepath Series" to "GaanPhat Series". The official name" Border Gavaskar Series" has been changed to " Lion - rabbit series" 2) Our Players are enthroned with the following master degrees Sachin - Tension master, Dhoni - Helpless master, Virat - Finger master Sehwag - Irresponsible Slashing master, Gambhir - Poking master, ishant - wicketless master, dravid -Batpad gap master, laxman - Moving ball failure master, ashwin - be positive master 3) BCCI will call Bangladesh and Zimbabwe immediately to india to play 3 test matches series each. We will beat them and glorify ourself. 4) Dhoni will no longer be available for post match interview. A voice record of his previous interview will be played stating " we will fight hard and win next match"

  • Romenevans on January 7, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    The Team for next Test against Australia should be : Virat Kohli [Captain] , Suresh Raina [Vice Captain] , Sreevats Goswami [Wicket Keeper], Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron [Sreeshanth if Aaron not fit], Irfan Pathan, Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey or Pujara, Rahane, Mukund, Pragyan Ojha ! The Batting Order should be : Rahane , Mukund , Virat Kohli , Rohit Sharma , Manish Pandey , Suresh Raina, Sreevats Goswami, Irfan Pathan , Pragyan Ojha , Umesh Yadav , Aaron , Pujara [12th Man] !! Goodluck INDIA !!! Also Sourav Ganguly to be made the Coach and Rahul Dravid the Selector !!!!

  • CriKLover1234 on January 7, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Unless the selectors select players who play for the nation we won't win. Why is Irfan not playing? He is the best all rounder we had who gave 100% to the nation. Dhoni just got lucky and had the best team to win the world cup (which was effort of Yuvi and Zak) and Dhoni got the credit. If India has to win we need players like Irfan back who play for the nation. Sack Dhoni as test captain and give it to someone who has the balls to win and get Irfan back. Kick Dhoni for a 0-6 record.

  • Sakthiivel on January 7, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Yes we dont have a better team than this... But what we can do is that give chance for Young.. If we lose dont care its no issue.. No one will speak hard at young team failure.

  • on January 7, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    How about captaincy? Its very easy to just blame the batting. Its not about giving or not giving excuses. Its all about identifying mistakes, rectifying it and putting up a better show. Instead of turning a blind eye to the glaring loopholes right infront of us, we are just ignoring everything and hoping for a fairytale to bail us out. Get youngsters in. Change captaincy tactics, I dunno what Fletcher is doing in the side if he cant advise the captain to change the approach. No away series till end of 2013. All will be forgotten anyways, no point we wasting our time analysing what went wrong.

  • HellCatstar on January 7, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    Down under tour is like a vacation for Indian team. Lets see what BCCI is going to do to ICC to change the rules of Test cricket so that India can win matches away.

  • Scrop on January 7, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    Alright, India are 2-0 down, the competed well for 3 days in MCG and were no match to Aus in SCG. Its 5 days days of bad cricket, mainly Indian batters dint stand up and as well Aus played better cricket and their bowlers have their tail up.

    Still all is not lost, the team can still pick up and make it 2-2, it all depends on how India bat and bowl in 1-2 innings in Perth game.

    i wish and hope India show up the fight and come home with pride.

  • Buggsy on January 7, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Why oh why are India so obsessed with the batting? Sure 191 wasn't a good score by any means, but it's somewhat defendable. The reason why India are losing (and lost in England) is their inability to take 20 wickets. Apart from Zaheer, the line and lengths offered up by the rest really needs urgent attention. Ishant has been in the team long enough, he should know better by now.

  • andrew27994 on January 7, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Mr. Srikkanth and Mr.Dhoni, I am pleading with you to replace Virat with Vinay/ Mithun. There is absolutely no need to go with the extra batsman. India need to think about getting 20 wickets on a good bowling pitch like Perth. India's batsmen have not clicked. Yes I agree but having Dhoni bat at 6 and Ashwin bat at 7 is good enough. Also by bringing the extra bowler who can bat, it reduces burden and also pressure on the main bowlers like Zaheer and Ishant. Rohit can either replace Laxman in next match or play in Adelaide at No.6. Ashwin is a potential all-rounder. So there is no reason why he should not bat at 7. Dhoni is at his best when he bats up the order and can also be used as a counter-attack weapon like how Australia used Hussey at the MCG.

  • on January 7, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    i think it is the bane of the ipl which is responsible for this pathetic showing there is no point in blaming the fab 3 it is time the young brigade take responsibility why not have seperate teams for ipl and tests