India's debacle in Australia January 15, 2012

A collective failure, says chief selector Srikkanth

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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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  • sjitendran 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.

    Jitendran

  • spot_on 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.

  • 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

  • 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!!

  • Armchair_pundit 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.

  • 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...

  • sivadubai on January 17, 2012, 5:34 GMT

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

  • srinideva 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

  • 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.cricketer on January 17, 2012, 4:18 GMT

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

  • sjitendran 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.

    Jitendran

  • spot_on 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.

  • 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

  • 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!!

  • Armchair_pundit 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.

  • 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...

  • sivadubai on January 17, 2012, 5:34 GMT

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

  • srinideva 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

  • 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.cricketer on January 17, 2012, 4:18 GMT

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

  • on January 16, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    The Indian cricket team needs special training to face the moving ball. Everyone laughed when the Australian batters went on a training drill to exactly do that after their loss to NZ. The result is apparent. India should do the same despite what the Chappell brothers think. They need to some training on their foot work. Especially all the cricketing noblety. You can get away in the subcontinents' slow track without foot work. But in Australia and England the bouncy pitches would surprise anyone with lack of foot work.

  • on January 16, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    We do not have the best 11 at the moment. Have we. The team looks more like the worst 11. Sorry folks you were the best 11 when you were sent to Australia. It is like going to a war where you are overwhelmed by the enemy. That calls for a change in strategy and reserve to be brought in. I am surprised the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore has not been able to find a replacement to the aging team. NCA was built on the lines of Australian Institute of Sports of which the entire Australian team is a alumni off. Guys like Vinay, Munaf and Mitun should be trained to increase their pace by atleast 15Kms. Siddle and Hilfy were as good as any of them but they have changed and the result is apparent. Stop sending 11 gifted players. Send 11 gifted and trained to adapt players.

  • jdhillon on January 16, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    I completely agree with Srikant's assessment. But, the problem is that the BCCI is not doing anything to solve this problem. India lost to England 4-0 not too long. So, what BCCI have done it since then especially when they knew that they will be touring Australia.

    As I have said on my previous posts, India has rarely done well in Australia, England or South Africa. Even in West Indies. You can replace this bunch with other players but the outcome is not going to change. The only and only one solution to this problem is to have each test player to play in English Counties for 2-3 months every year. I think that BCCI should be able to afford it.

    As I predicted before the series, India will lose all 4 test matches. So, one more to lose. Please don't expect any hope and no need to pray either.

  • Des_65 on January 16, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    Everyone talks about Indians not batting/bowling well on foreign soil. Do foreign players bat/bowl well in Indian conditions especially spinning one? Every player in the world bats/bowls well in home conditions. Should India start making fast pitches so that they can be defeated in India as well? Why don't other countries make slow/spinning tracks in their country so that they can bat well in India or other Asian countries, which means they can lose as well? Every country has to make pitches to suit their strengths and not the oppositions. What happens when they do? Please check the statistics. Can a country tell the enemy to fight war on a front they are good at? Not at all. You can count on your strengths and not the oppositions. England lost one day series in India after winning one in England. So, which team is better? Statistically speaking, there is no difference between the two. So, please enjoy watching cricket and stop arguing!

  • Nampally on January 16, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    I would say to Mr. Srikant, "A collective failure of the Selection committee to select a winning XI & Squad". A balanced squad will have - 2 All rounders, Reserve opening bowlers & opening batsmen + a wrist leg spinner. These basic elements were missing. Vinay coming in as back up seamer was mauled by Warner. More experienced & pacier Seamer was the need.Lack of allrounder meant risking a weaker batting when 5th bowler came in or go with weak bowling to keep the batting strength. Lastly Dhoni as Captain needed to reprimand all guys getting out fishing outside off stump. Gambhir & Sehwag each got out 5 times in this manner.The captain was also deficient in not getting the bowlers bowl consistent length to an off side field. It is captains' job to control his bowlers especially as a WK. In addition the Aussie weakness to wristy leg spin was never exploited - real short coming in bowling.The ODI squad is a more balanced squad.It is left up to Dhoni not to bungle in selection of final XI!

  • Django on January 16, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    @AsherCA that is ridiculous. Srikkanth is chairman of selectors. He only selects the squad. Out in Australia, it is the team management that selects the playing XI. Why not ask North Indian Dhoni the same question. The answer is simple. Dravid had a great series in England, of course they picked him. Laxman has a great record in Australia, so they picked him. This is not a south/north problem.

  • Jaggadaaku on January 16, 2012, 20:13 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?

  • on January 16, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    First of all the BCCI cannot think beyond IPL ,they start comparing players ,the foreign players motive is to get some quick money without having much impact on tournament ,go back home and concentrate on mainstream cricket where as our players have lot of stake, ads to keep them 24*7 busy .., frustrating thing is that people from BCCI who have not played any first class cricket , amateurs, talk about success and failures!. IPL is a money back policy with good returns and they are not bothered what happens to test cricket. BCCI has no idea on the current talent available because IPL seems to be all over with season4 coming up and they are busy drawing the schedules .Very unfortunate moment for ardent cricket fans, less spoken is better..get on with the job guys. Atleast Rohit may get a chance now since Laxman may be rested , but cannot expect wonders or magic in one match..

  • USIndianFan on January 16, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Some thoughts: 1. When the Aussies were getting messed up they retained Ponting but got rid of most of the older team. So maybe the Indian story is to retain Tendulkar and maybe Dravid and get rid of VVS. Sehwag is failing too consistently, so put Rahane in. 2. This loss seems to be more tactical rather than driven by the players. The Aussies figured out that the Indian's are good against short stuff so they moved to length balls. Guess what, the Indians had 2 1-week breaks between Tests. They should have held a clinic to solve length balls. In comparison, the Aussies did have a clinic. Bad coaching and captaincy/discipline on the part of the Indian players. Bad choice to come with 4 quicks to WACA and choose to bat first. 3. The Indians did not show enough spine. The openers must learn to buckle down and see the new ball off. We obviously miss someone like Ganguly who can kick some -- and get people focused. Dravid needs to "be" the wall.

  • AFanOfGoodCricket on January 16, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    ha ha Mr. Shrikanth.. you are still not willing to accept.. the fact is not about the seniors.. its about the fact that you know only 15 names which you have seen perform in IPL and pick your test team from them.. do you watch ranji matches.. or do to pick your test team based on IPL performances? when pujara and abhanav mukund performed so well why were they dropped? why did they get only 2 chances to prove themselves? Vinay kumar in the test team.. Arent there any better bowlers grinding themselved out in Ranji.. why was Piyush Mishra selected ahead of Ojha while Ojha bowled so well for Surrey.. well u r safe.. dhoni will now have to face the brunt although its no fault of his..

  • ccriccfan on January 16, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Stupid comments by Rajiv Shukla from BCCI, same old rotten attitude of trying to defend their own skin at the sake of cricket. I can't believe he has the nerves to bring Sri Lanka's performance in! He should be worried about the future of cricket here in India than to come up with same lame excuses for which no one really cares.

  • paritosh123 on January 16, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    I think we are getting it all wrong. Aussies have nothing against India. They are just sending a message to England that the team they, England, white-washed last year was no great shakes.

  • on January 16, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    @AsherCA Dravid and Laxman are in the team since because they are south Indians ?? Then how about Shewag ,Tendulkar,Gambhir ?? These three didn't do any better in current series to be in team...Are these guys from South India too..Post something sensible..

  • Pro-CricketXpert on January 16, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    India should let Rohit, Kohli, Raina play in their middle order for upcoming future and surrender these aged seniors as they served their time already.

  • on January 16, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    Dear AsharCA i believe ur being highly unreasonable rahul dravid scored 3 centuries in england except for the 3rd test where he failed. he also scored a century against west indies at home .. laxman scored a mammoth 176 at eden gardens .. although his performance in england was well below expectation... how cud u expect mr srikkanth to leave dravid and laxman out of the team expecially dravid after his fantastic performance in england? the present team has Gambhir,sehwag,dhoni,ishant sharma,kohli,yadav dats 6 north indians in the team.. so how can u accuse him of being biased ? now dravid may be butter fingers but after his performance with the bat in england he was a automatic selection without a doubt.. an laxman has alwaz played his best in australia.. i am actually surprised u r even comparing someone as raw as rohit sharma with these legends..

  • cric009 on January 16, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    @AsherCA - I wud completely agree. Not only Srikkanth shud be sacked, but more changes are needed in BCCI power and selection commitee. It;s shameful to get the same repetitive tape from Shukla, that there is no compulsion for any players to play. Why he will not play if gets selected by Srikkanth bcos of his past glory? It;s selectors job NOT to select the old guns when they ;re not performing. And must give more chances to Pujara, Rohit and so on.

  • rsurya on January 16, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Srikanth is reasoning like an ordinary cricket fan. Whats the meaning in being a selection committee chairman. He is answering like what i answered my friend when i lost in ESPN SUPERSELECTOR GAME. Play more away matches is the only solution, even if you lose play play.

  • on January 16, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Hindsight is always 20/20 but with the exception of Vinay Kumar and Mithun ahead of Pathan, I dont see how this was not the strongest team India could have fielded. Are you people telling me that the batsmen who helped raise India to no.1 do not deserve at least 2 series to prove whether they can still play at this level? Even with Vinay, he deserved a look-in before being discarded, something Pathan has already had on quite a few occasions.

  • Green_and_Gold on January 16, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    Maybe a batting boot camp is required - but then again I havent seen India all out for 47 in the last few series. Aus has just come out of a period where many of the top 6 have failed - thats cricket - it happens. SRT, Dravid, Lax are all quality players however in this series they havent clicked. Ponting found it difficult and has finally found touch - if it were up to the critics he would have been out a long time ago. Also - the Aussie bowlers have really stepped up a gear. Pattison brings a fresh face and gusto to the bowling unit and hilfy and sidds are bowling better than ive ever seen them. Remember if some of these older players are pushed out then that will be the last we will see of them.

  • SAJIL_KERALA on January 16, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    When the selectors convened a meeting in Madras to choose the ODI squad for WI's indian tour, N Srinivasan called Srikanth and instructed to induct one more player from CSK in team India. Then Srikanth gone through the names of his CSK squad listed in the team website, he found that Suraj Randiv could make a good all rounder for team India without knowing that Randiv is a Srilankan. When Chika called Randiv to congratulate him, latter was shocked to hear that he was selected in Team India.

  • MadhavGudipati on January 16, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Compared to Laxman and Dravid, I think the bigger culprits are Sehwag & Dhoni. They never performed in bouncy pitches of Australia. Atleast the likes of Laxman, Dravid & SRT did well in the past on bouncy pitches. I think they should be retained for the final test. Sehwag, Gambhir and Dhoni to be replaced by Rohit, Ajinkya and Wriddhiman. Ashwin must play as he is among the best batsman in the current series.

  • kasyapm on January 16, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    The selectors can't be blamed in any way. The selectors made all the right moves for the series (exclusion of Bhajji and selection of Ashwin, Umesh, Kohli, Rahane & Rohit). This is our best possible squad. Only that we didn't perform any where near our 100%.

  • on January 16, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    we should have phased out the our seniors in 2008 onwards - i thought DRAVID would retire after SA TOUR- or at least after England - we had given ROHIT a chance by now we would have a replacement . MICHAEL BEVAN was eased out abruptly at the pinnacle of his career why cant K.SRIKKANTH take a cue from that. enough chances to ISHANT SHARMA - time for some other person to take over

  • VICKY62 on January 16, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Until recently, our selectors' posts were honorary. Now, these guys are paid 'professionals', earning 40 lacs per year-and the Chairman talks pointedly about 'collective responsibility'! How is he so sure that this is the best team available? Earning all that money should logically include talent scouting -all over the country, rural & urban. Srikkanth obviously feels the selection process is confined to pontificating in air conditioned rooms with his only obligation to Chennai Super Kings and his Master!

  • AJKU on January 16, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Each time Team India loses a match the reason provided is due to BCCI and the IPL. It's not just the Indians who particiapte in the IPL but players from other countries as well. Australia have selected Marsh and Haddin to participate in the Big Bash Twenty 20 match ahead of the 4th Test in Adelaide. Had this step been taken by BCCI, of players to particpate in a T20 ahead of a test match, the whole of India would have cried foul. Let's face it. This was definately the Team capable of beating India but didn't. The Australians, South Africans especially have a teriffic work ethic and fitness drills whcih they go through time and again. Peter Siddle diving near the boundary ropes and saving a run, after he had bowled 5 overs is testament to their commitment and fitness. Any of our bowlers would do this !!!. We have serveral slow movers on the field who are terrific batsmen and bowlers. what do you do. Need to start a fitness regime at grassroot level in school cricket.

  • ThirdRenegade on January 16, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Unless K.Srikkanth is color blind, he can surely see that the team just isn't doing well under MSD! There is a certain lacklustre, diffidence, laxity, lackadaisical sense & total sense of deja vu about what's happening hereā€¦The intensity on the field isn't seen anymore & MSD's big blunder over the over rate shows how involved he was in the game knowing fully well that India have never gone into any Test match with 3 quicks & a half track (Vinay Kumar)! Sorry, but MSD isn't doing himself, the team's & the game's future any good by being there. Srikkanth surely has the ability to throw MSD out & bring in a new leader at the helm. MSD has lost his footing, respect & hold on his wards. It's a throwback to the dark ages

  • cricketcrazy555 on January 16, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Mr. Srikanth is accepting the truth in other words. BCCI & Selection Panel doesn't have the guts to Axe the Aging superstars from the team. They r just waiting to happen it by own. Unfortunately Indian superstar cricketers are getting more value than the country's pride.

  • serious-am-i on January 16, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    BCCI and Indian cricketers are helping ICC & other cricket boards build a good team, win young player of the year awards. Way to go guys, when you can't do something at least let others share the rewards, great thought indeed. @Rjohn, why are you so traditional flavor guy ? Have u been following Dinesh Karthik's recent performance in domestic cricket really ?

  • on January 16, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    Krish, srikkanth himself failed as a chief selector. He could get those bowlers who can arrest the australian batsmen. Its not batting failure its a sould under perfromance by bowlers. Very pitty that srikkanth could not get a fast bowler who can bounce and beam with 150 speed though out country that has 100+ crore population.All bowlers have failed and surrendered balls at foot of OZ batsmen, ispite seeing that Aussie bowlers are seeming and swinging the bowl our bowlers were only able to give the same tasteless single type bowling. Its all the power of bowling in test cricket that makes the team confident in test cricket. Srikant can remember his days when india had ultimate bowlers not batsmen which is the all time best team wining 1983 world cup. The selection committe have failed to adopt one good coach since last 15 yrs who can teach how to attempt the bouncers and short length balls. scoring 10k, 8k is past facing the bounce is present .. hope he can come up to select good team

  • on January 16, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    Krish, srikkanth himself failed as a chief selector. He could get those bowlers who can arrest the australian batsmen. Its not batting failure its a sould under perfromance by bowlers. Very pitty that srikkanth could not get a fast bowler who can bounce and beam with 150 speed though out country that has 100+ crore population.All bowlers have failed and surrendered balls at foot of OZ batsmen, ispite seeing that Aussie bowlers are seeming and swinging the bowl our bowlers were only able to give the same tasteless single type bowling. Its all the power of bowling in test cricket that makes the team confident in test cricket. Srikant can remember his days when india had ultimate bowlers not batsmen which is the all time best team wining 1983 world cup. The selection committe have failed to adopt one good coach since last 15 yrs who can teach how to attempt the bouncers and short length balls. scoring 10k, 8k is past facing the bounce is present .. hope he can come up to select good team

  • AsherCA on January 16, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Mr. Srikanth, you are answering difficult questions because you have CHOSEN to look at where a youngster originates from, before giving him a fair opportunity. What you have done as the selection committee chairman - snatched an opportunity to groom youngsters & handed it over to those 2, old has-beens simply because like you - they originate from SOUTH india (Note stress on the word South, no value to India). By promoting Butter-fingers Dravid & Very Very Selfish Laxman, you have ensured that Rohit (Mumbai) Sharma does not have sufficient opportunity to deliver a performance to retain his position against Murli / Badri / CSK Raina in the near future - You should therefore be sacked as the selection committee chairman for INDIA...your bias is visible.

  • Smithie on January 16, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    @Vasantha Srinivasan - here here - I thought mine got censored because it was very critical of your namesake who seems deserving of the wrath of both India and worldwide cricket fans. Conflict of interest is a serious matter that should not be swept under the table NB CRICINFO

  • on January 16, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    If India in India is one of the toughest team, why cant Australia in Australia. Remember guys. They win the series only in Australia(Home Ground).

  • PiyushD on January 16, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    NOONE except BCCI's greed is to be blamed, I hope someone sacks them instead of players, while accepted that half the side on the wrong side of age is hurting, non stop cricket with no offseason for Team India hardly gives them any chance to work on their weaknesses, no permission to play in county so that they can learn to play on those pitcher but inviting other country players to India for IPL and they are getting friendly with Indian pitches, if these idiots do not change thier ways day is not far when Indian team will start loosing in India as well.

  • on January 16, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    why are politcians running icc? we need people with good administrative skills and people with knowledge of cricket as a game to be in charge of running the board.

  • on January 16, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Though it was a collective failure, people are criticizing only about the seniour players. What about the bowlers? In sydney, instead of our batsmen, 4 of our bowlers scored centuries in the way of giving runs. Two out of form players, Pointing & Hussey got the lifeline. Clarke scored more than 300 runs, which he never dreampt. Zaheer has been acclaimed as match winner, But, was he able to run thro' Assies? Only' Umesh Yadav has done the justice to his selection. Then captaincy. Except this time' Dhoni had put ther blame either on batsmen or bowlers. He never considers that he is one of the failed batsmen.. Steve Waugh used play with the tailenders with century partnerships and bailed out his team on many occasions.Dhoni never rescued his team. He should be the first one to stepdown from the captaincy.

  • Couch_Perspectives on January 16, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Look at the brighter side folks - we resurrected Ricky's career, made Clarke a hero and even made rookie Aussie bowlers seem invincible. Think Srikkanth and other selectors are working for Cricket's greater good more than Indian cricket. BCCI take a bow, make more money, fall on your belly and roll, become the laughing stock of the world BUT never admit you can make things better for Indian cricket, never prepare your players for different conditions - just spary and pray.

  • on January 16, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Shukla should know Davy warner & watson don't get as muck hype,endorsements & popularity by aussies like indian players.So IPL is a one of the main reason aswell for failure of players like sehwag as he played full addition of IPL before under going shoulder surgery.& avoided england tour.

  • on January 16, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Most people agree that the basic prob is that our batsmen are unable to handle swinging length balls. If so, the first step should be to train our batsmen to face such bowling in India. For that we should have patches tailormade for that. Next we should insist on ALL (including the so called senior ones) batsmen playing at home in domestic matches on such pitches. Unless these two things are ensured, we will contiune to perform miserably irresspective of senior or youngsters playing. Instead of recognising these needs, some ofBCCI office bearers aremaking comments like" this is a one-off /two off faliure etc., Actually it is a SEVENOFF failure most likely leading to EIGHTOFF FAILURE!!! SRILANKA"s 43 is actually ONE OFF silly! Havent they hammered South Africa in one test!! What have our HEROES DONE

  • Skipalong on January 16, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    "A collective failure" excellent title. The failure starts at the top 1. BCCI Selection - based on reputation and not form, favouring player who were traditional crowd pullers. 2. BCCI - faiure to put in place an infrastructure to build a solid platrform for talent to develop 3. Ineffectual Coach - no word from the coach or examples of his ability to help batsmen on their technique 4. Captain - Poor tactics and on a run od bad form with the bat and ball 5. Senior player - Complete lack of application, without any fight or self respect, prefer to be humilated rather retire from the limelight

    Srikkanth, clearly wears special glasses where he cannot see any form of reality. BCCI needs to realise that their money making machine is in dnager of stalling with nowhere to go It is realtively easy to reach the top MUCH harder to stay there.

  • on January 16, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    HEY WHERE IS MY PRECIOUS POSTING?

  • RJohn_NY on January 16, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Why you did not included Abhinav Mukund as a third opener? He did reasonably well in England. There is no pressure on Gambir/Sehwag to perform. With one lucky innings, where the bounce was not good as in other three innings, Gambir was able to extend his career. Now, YOU will make him captain after this trip. Why not Dinesh Kartik as a second wicket keeper, he played reasonably well in South Africa and England on bouncy tracks. Are you against players who do not play for Chennai Super Kings? There is no domestic player to replace RD, VVS and ST. You don't have the guts to tell the truth for this disaster-IPL. Even the best cannot stay for long in test match situation after playing 20-20. They don't leave any ball outside the off-stump. Shastri and Gavaskar would not comment anymore against BCCI/IPL on air as they are bought by BCCI.

  • on January 16, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Most people agree that the main cause for the debacle is that our batsmen are unable to faceGOOD-LENGTH SWINGING BALLS.If so,the natural corrective action should be to train our batsmen to consistently face such bowling in the domestic circuit. For that we should have fast and bouncy pitches. And we should insist on all our Seniors playing domestic cricket, without exception. That way viewership for domestic matches will also improve. Unless these steps are taken, we will continue to perform miserably on foreign soil, irrespective of whether OLD GUARD OR TALENTED YOUNGSTERS. Instead of articulating this our BCCI GODS are making excuses like 0NE-OFF/TWO OFF failure. It is actually SEVEN-OFF SILLY! One more of our WISEMEN says that Srilanka also were all our for 43. That is actually ONE-OFF. Remember thaty have hammered South Africa in one test. It is also sad that most of the expert commentators are only concentrating on the team for the 4th test.,

  • on January 16, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    The anger among indian cricket fans is understandable but such knee jerk reactions will not do any good.Ask the aussies. An yr ago the same attack lost the ashes & now they r being hailed as heroes. The fact is good memories dont last long. the very same dhoni won us WC an yr ago. now his very presence in team is questioned.

  • Sultan2007 on January 16, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    I was so disappointed to read Mr Shukla's comments. By saying that there is nothing wrong with IPL, he has completely missed the point. The point is not whether IPL is good or bad, the point is that at least from the outside, it seems like an overwhelming distraction for BCCI. In the recent critical years when they should have crafting the transiton strategy for our Big senior players through proactive talent development and nurturing programmes, they have been focussed on the IPL. If the BCCI were to now claim that they have been developing the talent pipleine then either they have been incredibly poor at it or a at best, it is a closely guarded secret known only to themselves. And Please, Mr Shukla, dont insult everyone's intelligence by ignoring a trend line made up of 7 CONSECUTIVE overseas losses and of their manner. Its about time the BCCI realizes that Test cricket is what defines the game of cricket. Without healthy Test cricket this whole thing is just a bat a ball carnival!

  • BRattan on January 16, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Purge all politicians from the BCCI board,and have players who understand cricket and have playing experience. Rajiv Shukla, do not know what is his cricketing background; but he cannot even get his facts right, and he is the BCCI Vice President.

    Indian team selection is done on the basis of sentiment, not always on merit. There have been calls for many decades making bouncy pitches in India, and practice before touring away to Australia and England. That never happens. Why is that Mr Rajiv Shukla?

    These whole bunch of players cannot play length bowlers; they could not play Mcgrath, but now the Australian team is full of Mcgrath-like length bowlers. Dravid, Laxman, and Tendulkar should voluntarily retire after this test series, otherwise show them the door for future's sake.

  • on January 16, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Tendulkar is getting out repeatedly to Incoming deliveries - he would have flicked them a couple of years ago. Laxman is getting out caught to away swinging length balls - he would have caressed them for a four a couple of years ago. Rahul Dravid getting bowled bewttn Bat and pad repeatedly in this series.

    The great trio needs to.....

  • Harishonthemic on January 16, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    wow! what an attitude! if that had been the attitude of west indies (of 70s and 80s) or australia (of 90s), they would never be talked about so greatly today. And with this current attitude, we will NEVER become one of the best teams in the world. (forget about the best team).

  • on January 16, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    FUTURE TEST TEAM FOR INDIA IN NEXT 2 YEARS 1.UTHAPPA 2.GAMBHIR 3.KOHLI 4.TENDULKAR 5.ROHIT SHARMA 6.SEHWAG 7.DHONI 8.PK 9.ASHWIN 10.YADAV 11.ZAK SUB-AARON,OJHA/RSHARMA,PUJARA,ISHANT SHARMA

  • nyc_missile on January 16, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    I refuse to believe that our test future esp batting is as bleak as some have suggested.Given a chance,Kohli has proved to be a winner just after 5 matches.His esteemed colleagues Pujara,Rohit&Manoj Tiwari with better technique and pedigree will surely do well IF given enough chances and this core of batting should be a world beater in times to come..The only problem is with our Board which is simply an ostrich and the captain Dhoni who has become such a liability to the test team that his WC success has been completely overshadowed..he cant bat,cant motivate,cant visibly show passion/hurt at least to show he is competing on the field and finally is a negative influence on the team's chances..enough said about our missed chances in England and here in the first match..The famed trio will go eventually so my concern is not them but the immediate present,Sehwag&Gambhir are a big paradox,cant be dropped but cant be persisted forever either..?

  • on January 16, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    All I will say is that if India's batsmen struggled against my weakened West Indian side how did you guys expect them to perform against Australia??

  • Philip_Gnana on January 16, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    Where does the buck stop? With the captain? Selectors? Or the Head of the selectors? The senior players in this case the batsmen did not perform and deliver what was required. We see the big guns who did wonderfully well 3-4 years ago (of course against an Aussie side that was grooming in players/bowlers) not performing. The question could be asked why the youngsters were not given a chance. India was looking at trying to salvaged their number one status and took the best available team. Satchin should have retired gracefully years ago. Just because you are still getting runs does not mean you got to be there. Border, Chappels, Richards, Clive Lloyd (barring Gooch) all retired in their prime and much earlier too. They could have stuck around and deprived the youngsters but they didn't. The seniors want to cling on to their glory. Philip Gnana, Surrey. P.s -MANY TIMES COMMENTS ARE NOT PUBLISHED BY THE AUTHORS FOR REASONS BEST KNOW TO THEM. THAT IS NOT DEMOCRACY FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

  • shantiratnamaj on January 16, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Talking about IPL - please look at Brett Lee: he played more IPL than any other Aussie and he is not part of the aussie test set-up and he has basically lost his career. He is not the australian he used to be. IPL is good for India in many ways so please have a seperate team for test cricket: Dont let test cricketers play IPL then you'll see the difference. Yuvi, Harbajan, Dhoni, Raina and Shewag and Kholi cannot play test cricket until they limit ODI and T20 load.

  • VICKY62 on January 16, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    What juvenile rubbish from the VICE PRESIDENT! Criticism' RAKED UP'? Does he mean to say it is unjustified? Unless the Australian team decides to stay home enmasse on humanitarian grounds, I can't quite see what corrective measures can be taken at Adelaide. And he would do well to remember that Sri Lanka were dismissed for 43 in a One Dayer. Does the IPL CHAIRMAN even begin to understand the concept that is Test Cricket? And how can he compare India with Sri Lanka or Pakistan? If the BCCI, with all the resources at its command, cannot field at least a decent side in England or Australia, why don't these guys step aside and make way for people who are genuinely interested in the game? And 'NO COMPULSION'? Even in the unlikely event of any player passing up all that money and prefers to take some rest in readiness for an important series, we all know he would be a marked man for the rest of his career! Give me a break!!

  • on January 16, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    First of all we need our basic right .Inspite of being richest Cricketting faternity why our domestic Structure is so dull.Since so many years People demanding BCCi to prepare fast and bouncy wickets in India to help the team to improve their foregn records.For Eg this one If we Would have played by preparing Bouncy track against the weak West Indies side we would gone Australia with better frame of mind

  • on January 16, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    What about the change of coach? How come no one is talking about that?

  • on January 16, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    THIS WAS BY EVERY MEANS A BEST POSSIBLE INDIAN TEAM TO TOUR AUSTRALIA AND EVEN THIS WAS THE WEAKEST AUSTRALIAN TEAM IN THE CENTURY IN THEIR HOME TOWN FACED BY INDIA.HENCE THE SELECTION WAS NOT A PROBLEM THE PERFORMANCE OF PLAYER WAS TERRIBLE.WE LOST THE GREAT CHANCE IN MELBOURNE AND FROM THEIR ON THERE WAS A SLIDE.HOPE THE CURRENT DISASTEROUS TOUR OF AUSTRALIA WILL OPEN THE DOOR OF YOUNG EMERGING PLAYER AND REDUCE THE OVER FOCUSSED ENTUSIASAM ON IPL WHICH CAN BE LABELLED AS SLOW POISON FOR INDIAN CRICKET

  • musicevangelist on January 16, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    I hardly think that beating NZ in India is much of an achievement for a nation of 1.1 billion people. The true test of a great team is to win in as many different conditions as possible. England need to win in the subcontinent to be thought of as a great team and India need a serious turn around outside of home conditions.

  • ste13 on January 16, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Increadible, game after game it is evident that India needs younger players. While given a chance Kohli showed he could adapt to different conditions. I am pretty sure of the same with Rohit Sharma and others. Of course IPL is not an issue. I am sure Tendulkar, Sehwag will sparkle again. But tests challenges require younger players.

  • sjitendran on January 16, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    What else one would expect from BCCI hierarchy. The selection committee did a mistake of not pahsing out seniors. it is failure of reflexes of Dad' army of batting. They fail to select team on merit than on past performances. Even after the abject failure at England this same Srikanth would not agree for analysis but claimed that it was just one-off failure. Now that has come to bite his back. Now after this they do not have any overseas cricket for two years and that is why BCCI chief is gloating that they will perform better. If they do not take action after this series I don't know who wilol save Indian cricket. Really speaking Cricket should come under Sports ministry of INdia instead of being an autonomous one which is not answerable to anyone. They are tarnishing name of Great country. If BCCI don't oblige let them remove any reference to India and call themselves BCC of Imbeciles. It is not the loss that hurting, but no sign of fighting spirit or commitment. Pl publish

  • chandau on January 16, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    IPL is not the sole reason but only one. IPL may be too long for good of cricket. The same is being experienced by Rugby Union Super 14. All the 3 countries in that tournament rested most of the world cup squads to stop player burnout. Infact it is funny that IPL is played on a home + away basis when the most important ODI / T20 tournament the world cup is played on league and knockout basis. While the ICC strives to shorten the CWC in both 50 and 20 over versions, the IPL is becoming longer by the year. To say both sides had players from IPL is ignorance ; only OZ players Warner + Hussey and infact most of the OZ players have kept away from IPL. On the other hand look at Sri Lanka who provide the next most to IPL. Lost badly in England, now losing badly in South Africa. BCCI needs to rethink the format of IPL; it has to be in the calendar but a shorter version would create more interest and intensity while helping the players performance and long term health as well. :)

  • Captain_Crick on January 16, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Great teams in test cricket are WI of the past 70's/ 80's and Aussies in 90's and early millennium. One must strive to be in the same league as them or at least move towards that direction.

    Let's not be satisfied with just home series win and say "We are better in our soil and they are good in their conditions". While this above liner shows diffidence in one's ability, here's a one-liner for over-confidence "They cannot beat us here and we will feel very happy". And this from a BCCI president!

  • sriramtvsm on January 16, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    We cannot blame the senior players alone for the debacle of the batting order. Even Ricky Ponting was struggling before the series against India. Now he found the form. Every team will have a bad phase. Dont remember except Dravid and Laxman all the other players were the same who went for the World Cup Win 2011. The board instead of blaming the players should concentrate on creating pitches like Perth and others so that we will get used to them or send our players to play county cricket to get used to the conditions there. So I feel BCCI should think on these lines.

  • adelaidecrows01 on January 16, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    This is a shame that the BCCI with its arrogance still cannot accept blame for the teams failure. While all players , coaching staff & administration must share the blame. Boasting about your winning record at home does not make you a champion. This team has consistently failed on overseas tours. BCCI thinks it is bigger than the game - wake up & do something about these failures.

  • KingofRedLions on January 16, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    What relevance does Sri Lanka winning the World Cup, a one day tournament, 16 years ago, and being bowled out cheaply recently, have with India performing poorly in Tests?

  • sk12 on January 16, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Our major drawback is that we drop our shoulders too easily wenever things dont happen in the field.. unlike the Oz team who always keep coming at the batsmen watever the situation.. This is partly due to an insipid captain who pushes back the field at the 1st excuse, never shouts any encouragement frm behind the stumps, keeping the wrong fielders at the wrong places (read slip cordon). Also with the lack of youth in our team its really dificult to lift the energy in the field. Address these problems - then the big hundreds that happ in the last year can be avaoided - the Cook, Peterson doubles, Clarke triple, and Ponting Huss Bell Prior hundreds..

  • puneriMisal on January 16, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    They got the seniors in Australia to acclaimatise the conditions , but we can see that some of them are on paid holiday and merry making. Do not know what is the concept of destressing yourself or over confidence. Their recent over seas stats meant that they should be working on their deficiences and change the batting order ....

  • sk12 on January 16, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Is it just me or anyone els agree with me agree that Ind didnt plat that badly as the final scoreline suggests?? Excp for 1 freak Warner innings (and Cowan in his shadow), everyone els struggled in that pitch.. Even though our bowlers couldnt swing the ball as much as the Oz bowlers, we still managed to clean them up within reasonable limit. Had we had Praveen Kumar who moved the ball consistently throughout in England (instead of Vinay) we cld ve done even better.. No I am not justifying our loss.. juz saying all is not lost yet..

  • on January 16, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    soul searching for team India?...god knows if that will happen ever but one thing for sure..time is right for few heads to roll. Lets start with Kris Shrikanth. He has picked a team on sentiments and not on "Current form of a player and fitness" else Gambhir, Laxman and Ishant Sharma wouldn't have made it in team. Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma are the luckiest and unluckiest players in this team. They're getting to tour Australia for free but can't show their skills with bat. Very few will disagree that Rohit is anytime better fielder than Lax-man.

    Hats off to Australia! they phased out their seniors in modest fashion and not with sentiments. Their players were told straight in their face..this is your last series/game so make best of it. Their debutants perform exceedingly well than our experienced one. That's the reason they are still there at the top. Indian team...words are not enough to explain the reasons.

    I've lost the interest in watching Indian team play cricket.

  • on January 16, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    Select a new team like: 1) Srikkant's son, 2) Gavaskar's son. 3) Tendulkar's son. 5) Azharuddin's son 6) Roger Binny's son. 6) Shivlal Yadav's son. 7) Any wicket keeper. 8) Lalu Prasad's son. 9) Bishen Bedi's son, and 10, & 11) Any two pace bowlers. Almost all of them still are (or have started) PLAYING CRICKET. Nos 7, 10. & 11 being non celebrity sons, hopefully, no one would call this selection a case of nepotism. Just like 4- 5 players in England team are imports, and yet it hasn't affected the way the ECB calling it an English team. Token ( using English standards up to 40%) non-representation can be ignored. A mix of experience and youth. Rohan, being the most senior, and experienced ( and also the senior unofficial spokesman's son.

  • on January 16, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Srikkanth bears sole and full responsability for the current team selectionand he should be sacked!! After the tour of England it was obvious that the seniours were way past their prime and their alertness and hand eye co-ordination had mellowed with age. this was obvious in their batting performance.It did not take an expert to realise that when it came to pace and bounce alertness and quick reflexes are paramount as demonstrated by Parthiv Patel and even Ashwin. Srikkanth chose to be a follower than a leader and fell for the whims of Captain Dhoni who has a penchant to pander to his team mates especially when he is faring badly.After much hue and cry Harbajan was removed but that was only one small step in resolving a giant problem. Fletcher has failed miserably as a coach in not training the team to stop fishing outside the off-stump. Srikkanth, Fletcher and Dhoni should be sacked and a fresh start made to restore the team to being a test team.

  • rsurya on January 16, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    Mr.Srikanth you need one match where our bowlers let us down to know that you are never concentrating on bowlers. This batting failure can be easily repaired, but our hidden bowling failure cannot be unless your so called instincts tell you, its time.

  • mumbaiguy79 on January 16, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    holy cow!! what an indifferent attitude by these bozos. herein lies the problem of accountability. no one cares about these losses as long as the BCCI is making money and so are these players. Home conditions is not an excuse. Remember how well we played at Trent Bridge in 2003 on a seaming track. The down under failure calls for an honest review starting at the top and all the way to the team itself.

  • mnemoniny on January 16, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Poorly-planned phasing out of seniors is to blame. He is technically correct that it was near enough to the best team available, but that unfortunate fact is due to the terrible lack of exposure given to india's up-and-comers.

    What boggles the mind is that they had up until recently a core group of players who played well together and understood each other, largely as a result of having played together consistently for a decent length of time.

    More young indian players need to spend their domestic off-season outside India, in SA, Eng, NZ, anywhere non-subcontinent. International domestic exposure has been a key factor in the strength of many teams over the years. Look at the WI bowlers of the 70s, 80s, 90s - all played in Eng, learned not just the conditions but also another culture's approach to the game - all mind-expanding.

    These young indian cricketers are small-minded but it is not their fault for being told that the universe ends at India's border.

  • Aashish_goyal on January 16, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Why the selectors defending themselves by stupid talks.They talk about Batting failure only.They should know that Indian bowlers were complete failure except few good spells from Umesh and ZK..The need of aggressive players like Harbhajan in the team is so imp. that whole team's body language just go to different level.I know he wasnt doing good for last few months but the way he put so much pressure by his economic bowling ,other bowlers used to get wickets.Also his batting was a big plus.Pujara should also be in team in place of Dravid.

  • RejuKoshy on January 16, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    Mr Sreekanth , No one is agreeing with you on the selection. Why you kept Rohit sharma outside ? Keep Dravid and Lakshman outside and get Suresh Raina and Tiwary inside . That will definetly going to work and it will be helpful atleast in future. Everyone is telling experienced people should be in the team. If you are keeping Rohit outside , how he will get experienced ? Stupid selections spoiled the cricket .I don't want to see the India Cricket playing with grandpas after 10 years. Let focus on future. May be with new comers , we wont get immediate result , but future will be there.

  • xylo on January 16, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    Boy, am I glad that Ganguly timed his exit perfectly? VVS should have got the cue after the England tour, and should have hung up his boots after the WI tests. Dravid most likely would have got the cue now, and will almost certainly bow out gracefully after the next test series. As for Sachin, he is hopelessly behind his own personal milestone, that probably only Gavaskar would admire if at all he manages to reach it. It is sad that these greats have to leave with their reputations close to being in tatters, but then, it has happened to greats before... think Kapil Dev.

  • ravi-1967 on January 16, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Valid point made by Srikanth. THis is the best possible team that could be selected based on form and past record. However every one has failed collectively. In England it could be termed as bad luck due to the injuries (8 in all). In Aus no execuses the top order failed. If the vice captain cannot play responsibly he has to be dropped first. Laxman deserves another chance. The suggested eleven would be

    Laxman, Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Rohit, Kohli, Partiv Patel, Ashwin, Yadav, Zaheer and Ishanth.

    IPL is definitely contributing to this debacle. Bowlers only want to contain and not attack and batsmen want to hit every ball and not play according to merit of the ball.

    The team has also been playing non stop cricket from the world cup and it is the BCCI to blame that with such tight scchedules importance is given to IPL. As fans of cricket we should not watch IPL matches on TV and also in the stadia. No money from IPL then it would closed.

  • bipulkumar on January 16, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Mr. Selector, you have selected players who score 0 on foreign soil. Even I can score a 0. Please justify why I am not selected?

  • on January 16, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    It might make a bit of difference if they picked players who actually cared about winning Tests rather than just waiting for the IPL to roll around. Australia have a young, enthusiastic side which want to win. India need a kick up the behind.

  • Chirs-Cry on January 16, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    Isn't Srikanth the same person who once starting crying after he was given Plumb LBW ? besides Gavakar.

  • on January 16, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    I don't understand why the chairman of the selectors should take the blame. The blame should rest solely upon the team. It wasn't the coach or the management or even the BCCI who performed poorly. It was the Indian Cricket Team. And they are all responsible for their abject surrender.

  • aharps on January 16, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Nobody in a position of influence in Indian cricket wants to be seen to critisise the IPL because they all have their snouts in the trough. It has brought great wealth to a lot of cricketers and ex-cricketers (Indian and non-Indian) none of whom want to make changes or retire until they have wrung the very last cent out of Indian cricket. The IPL will continue to decline in relevance in coming years as salaries (necessarily) come down and and crowds drop and as a result Indian cricket will head into a financial mess as they continue to spend as if money is free. The end result will put Indian cricket back 15 years. I'm predicting a long string of law suits from unpaid IPL salaries.

  • ahweak on January 16, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    Not at all surprising...BCCI will never accept that there is a problem. India never has and never will be a dominant force in test cricket.

  • crickey_fan on January 16, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    If anyone needs to be dropped or fired, it should start with Mr. Srinivasan for his silly comments and mindless logic.

  • satish619chandar on January 16, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    He cant do much if u ask me.. IF anyone had selected team, they would have selected same team for the series.. Apart from Irfan, there was no one who missed out.. Anyone could have gone with a fit Viru, Gauti, Sachin, Dravid, VVS combo to Australia.. These are the players who played and proved over some period of play.. Now, the real challenge for him could be how he responds to the debacles.. England was thought as worst as many things apart from on field play went wrong there.. Now this again happened with everything correct.. Pretty irresponsible for NS to say we ll beat them in our soil.. It wont be a solution bud.. As a president, there need to be some strong words expected.. Alteast, not silly words..

  • on January 16, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Under Saurav Dhoni had a team trying well. They had to succeed and tried. Dhoni took up such a team and did well. Aus, SA, etc were not doing well. suddenly England became stronger. It was thus easy for Dhoni. But with the worldcup win, the team seems to have lost their hunger. The IPL and too much cricket too seems to have removed hunger a bit. Aus and Eng - Andy Flower and mcDermott used an old tactics and it paid off. India did not adapt. Nor did they show fight. Ind also had not new strategy. This is what lesser teams try. Ind went in 03 and 07 as underdogs. This is Dhonis real test. You beed to be street smart and follow the trend. Sometimes you need to think from a commentaors angle or look at things like a left-right combo. Drop your best batsmen down etc. This is what we do in street cricket. A leader does that. Esp after Sydney test Dhoni should have tried something new. Sachin could have opened. Shewag could have come in later.

  • chad_reid on January 16, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    ITS NOT A MATTER OF LOSING ITS HOW YOUR LOSING THE LOSING MARGIN IS NOT EVEN CLOSE ITS A THRASHING LOST BY 100 OR SO RUNS IN MELBOURNE AND LOST BY AN INNINGS IN SYD AND PERTH IN OTHER WORDS THE MATCH ISN'T EVEN CLOSE WHEN AUS TRAVELLED TO INDIA THEY LOST BUT IT WAS A CLOSE CONTEST ANY TEAM COULD HAVE WON NOT LIKE THIS INDIA IS JUST GETTING HUMILIATED HERE. WHAT A NEGATIVE ATTITUDE FOR A SELECTOR TO HAVE.

  • on January 16, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    It is possible to beat Australian in Australia as England and South Africa and even New Zealand have shown. It just needs application. How come Pakistani batsmen are now better than India and if they had the guts India would play them? Its called IPL and India should rethink its policies about pitches and think long term rather than providing the current type. Perhaps they should look at drop in pitches and artificial turf or long term India will never succeed outside of India and international teams will just stop touring in India. If you keep loosing then your public will dessert you at least for tests.

  • on January 16, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    Where is my comment? huh?

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 16, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    Dhoni is no test match material and he isn't captaincy material either. He shouldn't be playing test matches in the first place and, lo and behold, he becomes our Captain. Ridiculous! Send him, Vinay Kumar and Gambhir home. That's 3 vacant spots right away. Dinesh Karthik, Irfan and Rohit in. Simple solution. Send Sehwag home as well if need be. Try Rahane there. Rahane and Sachin should open. Sachin can't keep sitting in his chair at no.4. He needs to raise his hand and step up when the team faces new challenges. Even Dinesh Karthik can open. That's all. No need to panick. Dravid or VVS should be the Captain for the time-being until we groome somebody for the job over the next 18 months.

  • amarnath79 on January 16, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    Harbhajan may not have done well in 1.5 tests he played in England (but then who did?) but he is still the best spinner in India. He is home while the team is in Australia. Srikkanth should be the first to be fired.

  • Blal on January 16, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    Shukla says all teams had players involved in the IPL but he forgot that none of the Boards were/are except the BCCI and perhaps that is the reason of India's debacle.

  • on January 16, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    The most important aspect of test cricket when playing away is acclimating to the conditions, training with differentials in technique and mindset.

    1) You can either achieve it by experience, which involves a player failing initially but slowly progressing to achieve a below par consistency compared to his home soil form. The quality of the player is a defining factor here. Ex: Tendulkar, Laxman, Dravid (exceptional with away form in his prime) and Kumble.

    2) You can prepare batsmen throughout their career to visit foreign soil or play domestic formats overseas. By doing so, regardless of their roles in a team; they will constantly learn to adapt to situations away from home. The quality of the player now becomes a bonus; but there will be a constant knowledge and form while travelling away from home.

    Indian cricket's woes are mainly because the players are trained exceptionally to play in home conditions and playing off season domestically. Play county in England and skip IPL.

  • SanjivAwesome on January 16, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    It may be a collective failure. But the Chair of Selectors is a role that carries with it the benefits (pay, prestige, engagement) and the risks (performance, mis-selections) associated with accountability. In this instance, the Chair has to go. The higher question is does Srikant really have the integrity to volutarily step down as a mark of self-honour?

  • on January 16, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    I will laugh and laugh if NZ beats India this year

  • st0necol on January 16, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    Cont--2

    They need to accept the weaknesses that they're having and back each bowler up for all the strengths they've and encourage them to do what they feel is the best way of getting a wicket. I am sure all other bowlers would like to emulate Zaheer Khan but are not properly guided and encouraged - even Zaheer Khan was virtually written off before he went and played county cricket -- He received much-needed encouragement and guidance from his county team and that's what has transformed him which has made him one of the best bowlers in cricket today. He should have got that guidance from the local mentors but I would say he was lucky that he found good mentors there in his county team.

    All great players had great mentors -- Indian bowlers need such mentors.

  • st0necol on January 16, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    The problem is not that India has lost in Australia or England for that matter, I am sure even fans are not crying about that fact. They all are asking for their home team to fight, to show some steel to the Aussies and give their heart out -- That's all they're asking and still after giving your 100% you lose, then there's nothing wrong with it. No one deserves to criticize their home team then because they played with their heart.

    Unfortunately, Indian team is not doing that right now and I think a lot of the batsman are just de-motivated by the fact that their bowlers don't threaten the batsman of opposition neither overseas nor on the home soil and the batsman are just sick of putting up effort in every inning only to be let down by their bowlers -- Perhaps because of not being motivated enough, overall fielders are not backing up their bowlers and then bowlers are getting demotivated. They're stuck in a cycle and they need to sit down and accept that they've weaknesses. Cont--

  • on January 15, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    Compare Australia's complete overhaul after the Ashes loss to Indias reactions of last two lost series... A comprehensive review & complete overhaul vs "I don't think too much of a post-mortem will lead us anywhere."

    This attitude will ensure India never last at the top while this BCCI is in charge. Batting has failed twice because selectors have never renewed it, Dhoni lets the team wilt in the field, it is all too cosy, they are megastars without pressure on performance or selection, they cannot be touched, only paid.

  • THammer on January 15, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    What a bunch of space cadets! India: World Champions in India.

  • bobagorof on January 15, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    Srikkanth makes some good points, but uses bad examples: Watson isn't playing in this series (because he is injured) and his batting form had slumped last year. Sri Lanka haven't been world champions for over a decade - one may as well refer to West Indies as 'former world champions'. He also shoots himself in the foot over the 'tired' claim: "The IPL ended in May and so many series have passed since", which basically means the players haven't had a decent break in 8-9 months. The longer between breaks, the more likely they are to become tired. As for selection, India is reaping their lack of sowing while times were good, just as happened to the West Indies and Australia. Australia slumped after holding on to their champions and not bringing through new players, then lost half their side over 2 years. India will face challenges when Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman are no longer playing.

  • on January 15, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    Isn't it rich - Rajiv Shukla of BCCI says,"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." Of-course nobody criticized you when India WON overseas. Why would anyone do that? You won!!! So according to Mr. Shukla, we should only criticize the Indian team if they WIN on foreign sol. How absurd is that? and this genius is the Vice President of BCCI.

  • Deuce03 on January 15, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    Shukla is plainly wrong. All teams (except Pakistan) contribute players to the IPL but India is just about the only nation all of whose Test players are involved. Neither England nor South Africa - the top Test teams right now - sent more than a handful of players to the IPL in 2011 and almost no members of their Test squads. Moreover England, Australia and South Africa know where their priorities lie, with players turning down opportunities in the IPL to benefit both their Test performances and their chances of selection. Pakistan contributes no players to the IPL at all and they will soon be ranked above India given their relative trajectories.

    Meanwhile those Test nations who do contribute a lot of players preferentially to the IPL (India, WI and SL) are all in a state of serious decline. It might be a coincidence, but on grounds of correlation the issue certainly merits looking into, rather than just ignoring it.

  • on January 15, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    I absolutey agree with Mr. Shukla. When the Indian test team were winning no one was bothering about the IPL. Now we start loosing everyone is saying the IPL is the main reason. The IPL has absolutely nothing to do with this loss. The only reason we lost this series was our poor selection of old players. Our biggest failures have in this series has been Laxman and Dravid and what have they done for the IPL. Stop bringing the IPL into everything.

  • on January 15, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    This is just not satisfactory, not sure what is the team management thinking. India has consistently failed due to quality swing bowling by australia, when india had challanged that we will target australia with swing. Not sure which indian bowler has been able to swing after the ball is 20 overs old (no names come to mind).

    Irfan pathan known for swinging the ball, leading wicket taker in domestic curcuit this season (a fast bowler is leading wicket taking column in indian conditions), why is he not in australia, To top it he can add to batting. If Abhimanu Mithun is better why is he not getting a chance.

    Kohli should be at number 3, dravid at 5 and rohit at 6, laxman has scored many runs but not recently, and kohli is known performer at number 3 even in ODIs. His performance is not great at lower order.

    India needs an overseas selctor so best players get a chance to play, no emotional ties. Its stated england was 5 -0 india will be 4 - 0, common feature - Duncan Fletcher

  • on January 15, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    Yeah right!!! Keep playing the broken record. Does not convince anyone. Do something for a change or better yes just step down.

  • on January 15, 2012, 22:40 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?

  • Bigmoose on January 15, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    As usual, Srikkanth is missing the point. The question is not whether this is the best team at present, the question is "Is this the best way to prepare for the future?".. When you play in tough foreign conditions, you learn and improve a lot as a player.. You learn nothing when 100% of your middle order is over 37. You are not grooming any young guys and you will be at the same spot 4 yrs from now. When you are young, you can improve, guys who are 37 dont improve.. The problem is Srikkanth, he was clueless as a captain and player, he is the same as Chairman...

    HEADS MUST ROLL..including selection committee...

  • VickGower on January 15, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    Bunch of Callous and Confused Individuals.

  • QasimLV on January 15, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    He should think before he speaks, grounds in places like pakistan and india are full of flat tracks, batsmen paradise, and if you can only play well there then there is a problem, warner did well in the ipl which is obviously in india but he did just as well back in australia and played a t20 like innings during his 180, Srinivasan should accept defeat credit the Australians and not say that when they play in india that india will win, it just builds more pressure on their team, and oh yeah he used a bad example England beat India 4-0 in the test series and 3-0 in the odi's (where did he get 5-0? 2 were washed out) while India beat them 5-0 in a one day series only, after a display like this he should focus on the negatives and see how they can fix them rather than just saying they will be happy over a series they haven't even won.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 15, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    Hello Mr.Srikant. Ajinkya Rahane is already 24+ yrs old. his first class average is 68 which is far greater than any other indian batsmen. Even Rohit Sharma is now 24+ yrs old. his first class average is 63 which is so close to Ajinkya Rahane. dont you thnk delaying them so much might cause them to go the Waseem Jaffer way. And what is this story about Ishant Sharma bowling well/with heart, without any luck. I have been listening to this comment since the last 2 years. His Bowling average is 37, which is unacceptable in any country. Had the selectors been brave and given the West indies series in WI and in India to youngster we would have been in a poslition to pick the youngsters. but the oldest players played in these series. It would have been better to loose with youngsters instead of loosing like this. When Shivlal Yadav dropped Jimmy Amernath to include Navjot singh Siidhu in the team it was a bold & well calculated decision that paid off for the future.

  • willmot on January 15, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    Why Indian bloggers suddenly gone so quiet?...

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 15, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    Chika is the biggest failure. He should be fired first, then this Srinivasan guy, who still doesn't get it. You play to win - not to lose. A team might lose a few matches, but if they are losing all the matches - there's something terribly wrong with team selection. The 3 oldies need to go, pronto. Buy them a rocking chair and send them to retirement homes.

  • on January 15, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    What Can you say about this legend.. Couldnot Even accept his dismissal.. Cried Out on a lbw and when instated by the great imran got out to the very next ball.. Now He cant accept that he chose a schoolboy beatable team..

  • vakkaraju on January 15, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    It is easy to the reason for the batting failure of the top order particularly Sachin, Dravid and Laxman. Their reflexes are a fraction slower making it difficult for them to play on fast surfaces. They are all great batsmen, but their age is showing. On slower surfaces in India they may still be a force to reckon with. They should seriously consider retiring.

  • Shams on January 15, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    The squad, as Kris correctly points, is the best that could have been selected. But, aren't the selectors also responsible for selecting the final eleven of a Test? If so, why isn't he referring to any errors made there? Sehwag, Gambhir and Laxman haven't looked like scoring runs on those surfaces (it might all change in Adelaide with subcontinent-like conditions), what was the plan to try other players like Rohit who scored more runs in the practice matches?

  • spence1324 on January 15, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    I have said it before and I will say it again the BCCI only thinks wining in india counts and the bad thing is indians buy that...

  • noplay on January 15, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    From my reading of the comments by the two most senior officials of the BCCI it does not seem as if india would make any serious effort to up their performance away from home. Never mind, they will regain their level of comfort in thenext three home series. A reminder that although they won against the lowly West Indies at home, they did not look so great

  • ElvisKing on January 15, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    Its a surprise that Srikanth says the Post Mortem of the Series will not tell us any thing and it is the silliest thing Chief Selector can say.

    Both England and Australia claim that they studied past performance tapes of Indians and bowled according to plan and denying Indian batsmen freedom of playing their strokes and bowling out-side off stump line. It will be prudent on part of the Indian team management to "Study these bowlers and take necessary corrective counter measures".

    Its not a difficult thing to achieve and be prepared for the coming tours, lest you find out too late that other teams like Bangladesh etc have done the same thing to Indians and then you lose real face value !

    We have a promising team and we should also use the Technology when it is available, if you want to give back to England and Australia what you got during these 2 Test series.

    One more person should be hired by the team and that is a "Motivator", who can bring out the lacking fire in team.

  • on January 15, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    In essence, NOT ME, but everyone and everything else. I look forward to hearing from Duncan Fletcher along the same line as well. All of these people, who draw a big fat check every month, could tell us the way forward.

  • Built_4_the_Kill on January 15, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    When Indian team was announced for Australian tour... Australia was more than happy to plan all four test matches on wickets that can offer bounce, swing, and/or seam. For them the biggest threat Bhaji was out (I will not be surprised if few current and former Oz players all came out praising Ashwin and Ojha). India planned each test match with one genuine swing bowler (Zaheer) and one fast bowler in the team. In comparison Australia had a pace attack which can use seam or swing and bowl at express speed throughout 80 overs. If we analyze the batting of Indian team in the last three test matches, wickets were fallen when the ball was seaming and/or swinging... same with Australian team... most of the wickets were fallen when ball was seaming and/or swinging. If I was a selector of Indian Team.... I would have picked Irfan and Harbhajan in the squad. My three permanent bowlers would have been Zaheer, Umesh, and Harbhajan....and fourth bowler Irfan or Ishant depending upon surface

  • x-squire-x on January 15, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    very ignorant comments, no wonder things are how they are... bravo

  • on January 15, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    The real problems are obvious, Laxman and Dravid have lost their desire to win and they also look slow. Their reactions arnt what they used to be. Dhoni isn't a good captain. He's too much of a nice guy and tactically he is poor. There's nothing wrong with being a nice guy! but in this situation, where India now have an aging batting line up and several failures behind them, they now need a different leader.One who is tactically astute and has that win at all costs attitude. I can't think of anyone in India who fits that description. Maybe Kohli maybe an option but he has little experience and a team needs to respect a player. Kohlis only been playing cricket for 5 minutes. I also believe they need a change of manager. That guy fletcher isn't right for them. They need someone tougher, someone old school,someone who has more prescence who believes in hard work and isn't just there to punch figures on his laptop like Fletcher does. An Allan Border type would be good.

  • on January 15, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    Srikkanth and his bunch of selector colleagues should go and watch Ranji/Duleep trophy matches to scout for talent and then decide whether this was the best squad available....

  • Built_4_the_Kill on January 15, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Srikkanth.... The reason for Indian team is in debacle because of one reason.... stubbornness. Indian selectors are stubborn and if that was not enough the Indian captain himself is a stubborn personality. Firstly as a selector what did you see in Vinay Kumar which earned him preference over Irfan? Come to captain....In order to get Ashwin (Dhoni's adopted child) selected for a pressure cooker series how tactfully he got rid of Bhaji. Bhaji on the previous tours of Australia probably was not so successful but for sure he was able to raise the blood pressure of Australian batsman which resulted in making fatal mistakes by them against other bowlers. Also, being selector when did you ask the stalwarts to prove their match fitness by playing first class games? Australian, English, SA batsman all take part in the first class games.... Why Indian batsmen are exempted? And by the way what is Rohit doing in Australia?

  • Pakistanvictorious on January 15, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Poor guy they hurt their fans most in the world, BCCI please invite Australia for a 7 ODI matches in your backyard an defeat them 7-0 with the same team, or invite Zim or WI prepare flat roads and ask Sehwag and Sachin to make another record, and then you will be right to say that look seniors are senior.

  • GardinerAG on January 15, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    Srikkanth is NOT correct in his belief that the team management selected the best possible team. Case in point: Mithun and Vinay have been selected with absolutely no merits (possibly IPL influence!). We saw this in Egnland when RR Singh was pulled out of nowhere. Why is Irfan Pathan being ignored? On the batting front, why not have Abhinav, Wassim Jaffer as back-up. In the name of seniority, the consistent failures of Dravid, Laxman, Shewag are being ignored. I would rather lose with new comers who will atleast put up a good fight. Shewag's careless attitude should not be rewarded with more opportunities. Dravid's age is catching up with dropped catches at critical moments and his lapse in concentration.

  • shreesoft on January 15, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    The first corrective measure is to sack shrikanth as selector who plays the same old record everytime that when we loose everything is wrong , why the hell he doesnt understand that its because you havnt selected the rght team and holding back young players like Ajinkya, Varun aaron and many others promising youngsters and carrying people like VVS to the tour who by his body language itself looks like he is a liability on the team .

  • kalyanbk on January 15, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Do you really think that the result would have been different had they replaced one or two seniors? Had they dropped Laxman or Dravid before the series and they struggled like this, the same media would find fault for not having picked Laxman who has done well against Australia or Dravid who had just had a wonderful series against England.

  • on January 15, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    And Indians are blaming Team management and players!

  • on January 15, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    Time to axe the non-performers, their past records notwithstanding.

  • KarachiKid on January 15, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Mr. Shukla who are you tying to fool ? Its IPL thats causing this decline in Indian batting standards. Other countries have only handful of players in IPL, while the whole India is into IPL. Cant you the difference ?

  • on January 15, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    well playeD InDiA....:P ur battinG capaciTY improvED a lot....

    161 then 171.....10 run above...

  • Noboundary on January 15, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    The selection committee Srikanth in particular needs to be shown the door. In England they refused to give a chance to many players on the bench even though the team was performing disastrously, same here in Australia... When the problem was with the batting they changed the bowling... Chappell was right in calling them stupid! Do the seniors have some kind of job security in sports team? Rediculous!

  • lgnandan on January 15, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Arrogant comments from BCCI's officials. If teams could perform well in home conditions only then Cricket will lose its reputation. It's insult to Cricket itself and players and cricket's true fans.

  • on January 15, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    If this is a best possible side, why players like Vinay Kumar had been selected in the side? How many people in this country justify his selection in the side?

    It is high time that seniormost batsmen do take retirement and give way to the talented youngsters, no matter their records against minnows like West indies, Bangaladesh are counted.

    Also BCCI should be pro-active in bringing up batsmen to suit in all kinds of pitches so that our future batsmen will not have any hassles in coping with bouncy pitches.

  • Scheduler on January 15, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    I GUESS MORE THAN KICKING OUT THE PLAYERS IT IS TIME WE KICK OUT THESE SELECTORS WITH A MEDIEVAL MINDSET.A CRICKET PLAYER SHOULD BE READY TO PLAY IN ALL CONDITION .PITCH CONDITIONS GO FOR SOCCER TOO BUT NOT MANY GREAT TEAMS LOSE CAUSE THEY KNOW HOW TO ADAPT AND PLAY.STOP GIVING THESE STUPID EXCUSES AND START PREPARING SPORTING PITCHES.PEOPLE IN INDIA WOULD WATCH TEST CRICKET IN STADIUM ONLY IF THERE ARE RESULTS NOT 5 DAYS OF BORING WHERE THE BATSMEN IS HAMMERING A HAPLESS BOWLER ON A DEAD PITCH.OTHERWISE SLOWLY BUT SURELY SOCCER IS GONNA KILL CRICKET IN INDIA.WAKE UP OLDIES WORK YOUR BRAINS AND THINK GOOD FOR INDIAN CRICKET

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 15, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Yeah yeah Cheeka... we all know that you lack sense in these kind of things. The team selection was blundered from the start. The thrashing in England (4-0) should have made you get nightmares during sleep. Instead you and your committee committed the same mistakes over and over again. Please have some goals next time. Try to look at the future from a long term perspective. This is what is lacking in Indian cricket. If you don't see the writing on the wall still.. then sadly something is wrong with this your selection committee. Kiran More did a much better job than you sir.

  • on January 15, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    what a bunch of idiots? nothing will change

  • crindex on January 15, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    I would add to Chka's observation of collective batting failure at top order - my theory or hypothesis of this scenario . Indians hold important positions and weild enormous clout over the Cricketing World. This is a rarity and unacceptable to non-white cricketing nations who have until now have been ruling the roost with ICC . This explains the aggression and meticulous planning with which they broke down our much vaunted top batting order. Its also possible - remotely though - some of our senior top order batsmen (excepting Sachin and Laxman) have bought into this power play at the highest level subconsciously or otherwise and are even sympathetic to their cause (ex. Dravid's supporting Ponting). This is backdoor coup de etat orchestrated by the Aussie-English-NZ coalition to discredit BCCI and eventually usurp the control of ICC from Indians.

  • Mr_Anonymous on January 15, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    I don't think its fair to blame the selectors for the batting failure. I do blame them for the lack of a "real" 4th seamer option (I had already written before that Vinay and Mithun were not worthy when the selection was done). The majority of the commenters wanted Pathan who was not selected.

    I do disagree with Shuklaji. There are multiple problems created by the IPL: Shift of focus (both for BCCI and players), Players not getting the time to rest (just look at scheduling of last IPL after WC), the large number of matches in the IPL (which increase injury potential and also viewer fatigue), the belief that with an IPL match winning performance you have made it (for the player), the lopsided pay compared to the effort/skill.

    Don't get me wrong, I think the IPL can be very valuable (chance for young Indian players to train with and learn from the best international players, money making for BCCI) but I don't think we are at a happy balance in terms of pros/cons.

  • on January 15, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    The answer is simple Mr. K. Sri kanth, you were not ruthless in selection.

  • on January 15, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    kris rikanth ia a joke he should be sacked immediately what good has he done for indian cricket, he is only reaping the rewards of vengsarkar's no nonsense approach, where he took even the "untouchables" of indian team to task for not performing. as for rajeev shukla's defending IPL the lesser said is better as the whole world knows(including shukla himself who will not admit publicy) that it has dealt a deathblow to indian cricket . in the days to come IPL and indian team will be like EPL and england roaring success domestically, flop globally

  • on January 15, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Shrikant is wrong in saying that India's failure was a collective failure. Shrikant's failure is alone responsible for India's failure. All other excuses for India's failure can be attributed to Shrikant Let us see such other reasons 1 ALLOWING sACHIN TO TAKE LEAVE FROM wi TOUR

    2 tAKING HALF FIT FLAYERS like Yuvrar to WI. and Zaheer ,Sewag and Harbhajan to England

    3 Selecting A mukund to England,Not selecting Ashwin over Harbhajan for WI and England tests

    4 Not sacking Dhoni as captain after 4-0 defeat in England

    5 not selecting Rohit Sharma for Perth test

    Some other points affected the moral ofr the team A) calling back of Bell on the advise of Sachin after being given out in England, Allowing Ganguli to go to Australia to fight Gregg Chappel and to bark lika dog as a mediocre critic.

    and above all presence of Sharad Pawar in New Delhi the most corrupt man in politics and cricket

    Playing half fit players

  • ashwin49 on January 15, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Everyone wants to spread the blame but if there is anyone who is culpable its the selectors and chief of selectors must take a fall. They did not have the stomach to kick the seniors out earlier and things have now gotten out of hand. I think there is a need to start with a clean slate as there seems to be a problem of motivation more than anything else. Players should not be allowed to "retire" from one form or we will have cases like Malinga. We should take a west indies like approach. Better to have a few Darren Sammy's in the team than 11 Chrisl Gayles anyday.

  • No1cricketfan on January 15, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    Mr Srikkanth STOP LIVING IN THE PAST.

  • on January 15, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    The aussies have the riches to conduct the Big Bash when a big series like India-Australia is on. And it's quite nice to beautiful, big grounds with full of colorful supporters for the big bash, despite that. Do the BCCI have the guts to conduct an IPL when India is playing an important series?

  • Nampally on January 15, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Srikant says time & again that this is the "Best Squad". Mr.Srikant, do you ever read Fans comments in Cricinfo columns? There have been dozens of good suggestions falling on deaf ears. To start with a good squad should have following: 1. Reserve opening bowlers & batsmen who are almost as good as regular players. Mithun & Vinay & Rahane fail to meet this test. 2.The team has no all rounders like Yuvraj/Jadeja(spin) or Irfan Pathan(seamer) - huge handicap.3. The team has no wrist leg spinner - India's main trump card in the past. 4. In Australia, India needed one more guy in 140 KPH bowling range.If all these basic skills were in the squad, then you can call it India's best team. But to keep justifying your blunders in team selection is failure to accept the responsibility for 2 successive innings defeats. India was annhilated so badly in 3 days, that it was totally one sided game with absolute lack of fighting spirit. Unbelievably disgraceful performance which is hard to match!

  • zuber21886 on January 15, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    If any message reaches to BCCI this one needs to reach too, Indian players lacking overseas exposure not all of them but the experienced once losing the overseas practice, so its quite obvious how they perform on Indian soil and overseas, here BCCI need to construct domestic structure in a way which gives young players international exposure right from start, which gives them a look at how pitches behaves all over the world.

  • crindo77 on January 15, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    This is what happens when a non Test player is chairman of selectors. Srikkanth's reputation precedes him. This group of selectors legacy will be the 2011 ICC WC. Its time to move on and rebuild. I'm confident India will produce a competitive Test team again. This team is well past its sell by date. World cricket and India need a change.

  • on January 15, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    so they gonna start taking measures after 3-0. what a bunch of fools

  • on January 15, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Rajiv Shukla, Sri Lanka were not out for 47, or lost badly continuosly since last 6 months,like India, n that too overseas. Wake up Mr.Politician. Its the matter of national pride, n by money printing through IPL n producing TEST Haters like Dhoni, you are just going wrong way.

  • Archimedes on January 15, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    I tend to disagree with the chief selector on the squad. We have a player(Gambhir) who has been struggling for more 3 yrs in test cricket and yet he finds a place in the side and VVS Laxman who struggled in England as well, Now he looks like he has lost his magic touch. I think the entire squad was picked only on reputation not on form. If we go by the amount of runs scored, then both Vensgarkar and Gavaskar should be in the squad as they also scored more than 8000 runs in test cricket. For that matter even Kapil Dev can find a place to bolster the bowling attack. The entire selection committee should take the blame for not having a long term vision for Indian cricket. Its high time that we nurture young cricketers who can serve the country for a long time.The ageing players themselves should call it quits.I guess the selectors are afraid of the backlash if seniors are dropped.Its time to pass on the mantle should to the person who can take the indian cricket forward.

  • SAJIL_KERALA on January 15, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    Mr Srikanth, you are one of the culprit for this worst history of Indian cricket

  • dosapati_anand on January 15, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    What self-denial? Srikanth and Shukla. 1. Michael Clarke abstained playing from IPL and even from Big Bash in his own country. Why? 2. IPL or the ICL indeed shortened players' careers. Shane Bond and Andrew Symonds are prime examples(even Brett Lee, who took a premature test retirement). AND IT WILL SHORTEN MANY MORE PLAYERS' careers as well in future.3. David Warner has been a failure until that 180, which he slammed in Twenty20 fashion. 4. IPL accentuates the subcontinental batsmen's stroke-playing instincts, who are very very weak in fundamentals of the batting to begin with unlike the australians or south africans who are forced to build their batting on the foundations of technical correctness due to the nature of their domestic pitches. Hence IPL affects indians more than any non-subcontinental player. 5. IPL causes a tremendous mental and physical burnout. Dhoni's talk about retirement from test cricket etc., bears distinct traces of a potential burnout.

  • Dr.Hasan on January 15, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    typical behavior of denial! Like an ostrich burrowing its head in a hole when seeing a coming storm.

  • samonly007200 on January 15, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Why irfan Pathan was not there or drafted into the team? Talking about collective ownership. It is because of you vinay kumar and mithun were selected above IRfan. Have the courage to accept ur failure... Don't play politics..

  • on January 15, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Oh no Mr. Srikkanth, you have nourished a side which has a high average age and most of the players are past their prime. There is every reason to blame you and you should leave the selection committee. You got enough signals during the tour of West Indies , England and then again West Indies at home. Had West Indies a couple of good batsmen we would have lost that series also. Be brave enough - you are also responsible for the debacle. There are better places to collect fossil.

  • on January 15, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    "Corrective measures will be taken by the team management so that the team does better in the final Test and the ODI tri-series.". bravo, so first 3 tests were not part of the tour?

  • on January 15, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Indian BCCI management need to take collective measures. and really some steps to ensure gradual grooming of new batsman at the top level which is not happening right now. Imp thing is ICC management has already took one step towards that by banning Dhoni for the last Test. It was welcome decision.

  • on January 15, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    true, i would not blame IPL, but i would blame takign test matches to all stupid venues around the country for the sake of giving an equal chance to all. Make better pitches in ten stadiums around the country, only these ten should be given test matches. All the other venues can get ODI/IPL matches. These pitches should have a mix of spin and pace. This stupid concept of first innings lead victory in Ranji should be modified. Every Ranji match sees first innings scores of more than 700, and that does not augur well at all for test matches. Shukla ji, please be more responsible and accept your role too.

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  • on January 15, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    true, i would not blame IPL, but i would blame takign test matches to all stupid venues around the country for the sake of giving an equal chance to all. Make better pitches in ten stadiums around the country, only these ten should be given test matches. All the other venues can get ODI/IPL matches. These pitches should have a mix of spin and pace. This stupid concept of first innings lead victory in Ranji should be modified. Every Ranji match sees first innings scores of more than 700, and that does not augur well at all for test matches. Shukla ji, please be more responsible and accept your role too.

  • on January 15, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Indian BCCI management need to take collective measures. and really some steps to ensure gradual grooming of new batsman at the top level which is not happening right now. Imp thing is ICC management has already took one step towards that by banning Dhoni for the last Test. It was welcome decision.

  • on January 15, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    "Corrective measures will be taken by the team management so that the team does better in the final Test and the ODI tri-series.". bravo, so first 3 tests were not part of the tour?

  • on January 15, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Oh no Mr. Srikkanth, you have nourished a side which has a high average age and most of the players are past their prime. There is every reason to blame you and you should leave the selection committee. You got enough signals during the tour of West Indies , England and then again West Indies at home. Had West Indies a couple of good batsmen we would have lost that series also. Be brave enough - you are also responsible for the debacle. There are better places to collect fossil.

  • samonly007200 on January 15, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Why irfan Pathan was not there or drafted into the team? Talking about collective ownership. It is because of you vinay kumar and mithun were selected above IRfan. Have the courage to accept ur failure... Don't play politics..

  • Dr.Hasan on January 15, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    typical behavior of denial! Like an ostrich burrowing its head in a hole when seeing a coming storm.

  • dosapati_anand on January 15, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    What self-denial? Srikanth and Shukla. 1. Michael Clarke abstained playing from IPL and even from Big Bash in his own country. Why? 2. IPL or the ICL indeed shortened players' careers. Shane Bond and Andrew Symonds are prime examples(even Brett Lee, who took a premature test retirement). AND IT WILL SHORTEN MANY MORE PLAYERS' careers as well in future.3. David Warner has been a failure until that 180, which he slammed in Twenty20 fashion. 4. IPL accentuates the subcontinental batsmen's stroke-playing instincts, who are very very weak in fundamentals of the batting to begin with unlike the australians or south africans who are forced to build their batting on the foundations of technical correctness due to the nature of their domestic pitches. Hence IPL affects indians more than any non-subcontinental player. 5. IPL causes a tremendous mental and physical burnout. Dhoni's talk about retirement from test cricket etc., bears distinct traces of a potential burnout.

  • SAJIL_KERALA on January 15, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    Mr Srikanth, you are one of the culprit for this worst history of Indian cricket

  • Archimedes on January 15, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    I tend to disagree with the chief selector on the squad. We have a player(Gambhir) who has been struggling for more 3 yrs in test cricket and yet he finds a place in the side and VVS Laxman who struggled in England as well, Now he looks like he has lost his magic touch. I think the entire squad was picked only on reputation not on form. If we go by the amount of runs scored, then both Vensgarkar and Gavaskar should be in the squad as they also scored more than 8000 runs in test cricket. For that matter even Kapil Dev can find a place to bolster the bowling attack. The entire selection committee should take the blame for not having a long term vision for Indian cricket. Its high time that we nurture young cricketers who can serve the country for a long time.The ageing players themselves should call it quits.I guess the selectors are afraid of the backlash if seniors are dropped.Its time to pass on the mantle should to the person who can take the indian cricket forward.

  • on January 15, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Rajiv Shukla, Sri Lanka were not out for 47, or lost badly continuosly since last 6 months,like India, n that too overseas. Wake up Mr.Politician. Its the matter of national pride, n by money printing through IPL n producing TEST Haters like Dhoni, you are just going wrong way.