India's debacle in Australia January 15, 2012

A collective failure, says chief selector Srikkanth

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kris Srikkanth, India's chief selector, has called India's losses in Australia "devastating" but saying the selectors had picked the best possible squad. Srikkanth said the 0-3 scoreline in the Test series in Australia - with one Test to play - was the result of a collective failure and the selectors alone were not to blame.

"Everybody can list any number of reasons for why the team has done badly. But don't you agree that this was the best squad available?" Srikkanth asked reporters after India's defeat in Perth by an innings and 37 runs. "If you people want me, as the chairman of the selection committee, to take the blame I am ready to do that. But will that solve the problem? We picked players who have scored 8000-10,000 runs in Test cricket and all of a sudden the top six are failing together. You can't blame an individual for this. This is a collective failure."

Srikkanth stuck to his belief that the failure of the batting line-up was behind India's abject performance on the tours of England and Australia, though he said it was too soon for a post-mortem of the series. "It is the same problem that we had during the England series. In the last two series, the batsmen have struggled to find form. I don't think too much of a post-mortem will lead us anywhere.

Meanwhile, Rajiv Shukla, the BCCI vice-president and IPL chairman, dismissed the suggestion that India's test decline was caused, at least in part, by the importance the board attached to the IPL. Shukla said all teams had players involved in the IPL, so that could not be used as an excuse for India's poor performance.

"It is wrong to blame the IPL for everything," Shukla said. "The Australia players such as David Warner and Shane Watson also play in the IPL, how are they performing well? [Watson has not played a part in the Test series against India].

"It is also wrong to say that the players are tired. The IPL ended in May and so many series have passed since. There is no compulsion on any player to play all matches."

Shukla said all teams had disappointing periods in cricket, and that the Indian team management would take steps to ensure a better performance on the rest of the tour. "We admit that the team's performance has not been up to expectations," he said. "But it happens with all teams. Recently, former world champions Sri Lanka were all out for just 47 [43, against South Africa in Paarl].

"We have won on foreign soil in the past. No one says anything then; all this criticism has been raked up due to defeats in England and Australia. Corrective measures will be taken by the team management so that the team does better in the final Test and the ODI tri-series."

**0830 GMT, Jan 16: A quote attributed to the BCCI president N Srinivasan was removed after he denied making it

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  • Saradha on January 17, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Well atleast Srikanth has made a valid comment"It is a collective failure". Yes it is collective failure of BCCI without vision - promoting IPL instead of Test cricket, Team selection done on past record instaed of present form, Dad's army of batsmen, patchy bowling, in-effective thoughtless captaincy, players without commitment/fighting spirit. Yes it is collective failure.


  • Praveen on January 17, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Just thinkin about the tour of Aussies and Poms in India... Thats gonna be a whitewash in favour of India... Well .. I'm an Aussie fan, but I don't see any team in the present situation winning outa their home conditions. Well, including Saffas. They manage to draw a series in sub-continent. But I don't see them winning in India or Pakistan. Pak is an absolutely amazing team of talents.. If their board and govt had been like Aussies, they might have ruled the cricketing world for decades. They have had more talents than any other cricketing nation in the world. I pity their situation. I'm from Tamil Nadu India and I can understand why he defends selection.. Well, does he have a choice apart from defending. Wipe out the entire selection panel and bring back Kiran More and Dilip Vengsarkar.These don't have a clue about what they are doing. BCCI, Its time to knock off samosa and chai during the team selection meetings. Cric info. Pls Publish - Fellow Indian.

  • Dummy4 on January 17, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    Dear All,Cricket is the Team Games not depend upon Individual perforamnce The Probem with Indian Cricket have they always depend on one or Two Players to Strike and Strike hard they never Play a Collective ContributonIn Bolwing we are further worse there is one bowler Zahir Khan whom we can expect to take Wickets in any Condition were as our Spinner are big dissapointment.They looked unplayeble in Indian dust bowls but once they put outside India they are looks below club level

  • Dummy4 on January 17, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Cynics at best. Why this assessment of North South Divide in Cricket? Mind you Rohit has stood a chance only now this season and in the past, squandered his chances that were given. Even in ODI it has taken some time. Because he in STRs Mumbai Indians and is not a southy he survives! I thought this was the best team t take on OZ and it failed and only due to Nt having any OPENING partnerships! Savag and Gambir are the sould culprits and they have put pressure on others!!

  • armachair on January 17, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    For all those that are complaining about the selection process - What would you have done BEFORE the tour. Hind sight is always 20/20. Would you have accepted any of the top 6 being left out? I doubt it. Also, all the talk about "SOUTH" bias is nonsense. Dravid - Highest run scorer in 2011. VVS - Consistently bats well against Aussies. Ashwin - Had a great debut and is performingly ok amongst all spinners from India. I agree that youngsters need to be given a chance and that Sachin, VVS and Dravid need to retire.I also agree that domestic pitches need to be competitive and not flat tracks. However, to blame Srikkant entirely for this mess is unfair.

  • Dummy4 on January 17, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    Dear Selectors, readers, it is pathetic to see and swallow that we 1 billion of ppl are failing to gether with these kind of pathetic players. When you pick ODI openers and bowlers who do not have consistency we are bound to loose to them. Highly recommended and bribed players are getting chances not the deserving ones. Thats what happens when the selection committe for their seats choose players for their own reasons not for country. when Irfan pathan had highest wickets in domestic season why he was not selected for the tests when everybody knew his caliber. Only the pathetic selection patterns and officials along with captian has to be blamed for pathetic performance and no excuse on that one...

  • siva subramanian on January 17, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    @SAJIL_KERALA Yes Srikant is one of the culprits when India won the World Cup Too

  • srinivasan on January 17, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    One of the reason for the ind team failure is major of the indian fans.they actually doesn`t care about team performance.they all need is 100th 100 from one man. actually, the reason why the peoples apart from india are hating sachin is because of this. over hyping, create a large amount of pressure on him. Finally they said he was not playing for team.that means he played his game for his own achievments. Some times it may true. as an indian and sachin fan , i can agree too on smoe conditions.. support your team is the primary thing. and support individuals is next....if you like. srini

  • Dummy4 on January 17, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    It seems that Indian Cricket is struggling from the World Cup hangover. Instead of admitting that the results in England and Australia alludes to the structural dilemma of BCCI, Srinivasan's comment appear be short sighted,giving way to despondency while creating the conditions of the reproduction of such outcome again. The biggest problem with the BCCI is the way they formulate the problem, that indeed is the part of the problem. Firstly they should disentangle themselves from the current state of Indian Cricket (good/bad) and then objectively asses it. Corrective measures need to take place not just on an individual level but on "Collective" level, including BCCI. Failure of the Indian cricket team on the play ground points to its stagnant state which is maintained by those in power, who control the and create the context of such failure over and over again. Any thoughts?

  • world on January 17, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    srikanth is right its a collective failure but nothing was leant from england tour

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