India in England 2011 August 15, 2011

Srikkanth says fatigue not an issue

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Kris Srikkanth, India's chief selector, has blamed the collective batting failure for series defeat in England, and said the loss had nothing to do with fatigue or poor preparation.

"If you see the FTP, all countries are playing cricket 365 days a year whether England or Australia," Srikkanth said. "It is not the Indians only. The fact is that cricket is being played the whole year in whatever format - Test, ODI or Twenty20. So I don't think that it is the fatigue factor for the performance in England."

However in the last 12 months India have played more Tests than any other team and more one-day games than anyone except Pakistan. In addition to 14 Tests and 29 ODIs over the past year, India's players also took part in the gruelling IPL, which began within a week of the World Cup final.

In the first three Tests this series, India have not managed to post a total in excess of 300, and Rahul Dravid is the only batsman to have averaged more than 40. Srikkanth said the batting had failed to perform as a unit. "The batting did not click for us. In the Indian side, if batting clicks everything clicks. We also did not do well in bowling and fielding. England bowling attack is ideally suited for the conditions.

"It is a fact that our top five batsmen have not clicked in the series so far. But the same bunch of cricketers have been doing well during the last couple of years. The same combination had defeated South Africa in South Africa. It our bad luck that in this particular tour nothing has clicked for us."

India had England struggling at 124 for 8 in the first innings at Trent Bridge, but a ninth-wicket 74-run partnership between Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann played a crucial role in England getting to 221. Srikkanth said India's failure to capitalise on the opportunity was one of the key turning points in the series. "It is a question of mental toughness and our cricketers are mentally very tough ... [but] at 124 for 8, if you look at it psychologically ... psychologically there we lost the battle," he told NDTV.

The BCCI has been criticised by former cricketers for its failure to prioritise Test cricket, but Srikkanth defended the Indian board. "Let us not indulge in the blame game - on the players or the administrators or the BCCI. Nobody is to be blamed and it's not the time for that. It is just that we are going through a bad phase."

England have replaced India at the top of the Test rankings, but while Srikkanth was confident India would be able to bounce back, he said it was time to rebuild the team. "We have to learn from the series in England, look into what went wrong. We also have to identify and support new talent when the time comes," he said.

"We all have to put our heads together and plan for the future," Srikkanth told the Times of India. "We have to start the process all over again without complaining. We have to try our various combinations to get the best team like we did before the World Cup. We even dropped Yuvraj Singh, who came back strongly into the ODI team and left a huge impact on the tournament. We want to do similar things now."

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  • Dummy4 on August 18, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    please selectors pickup irfan in the bouncy pitches before going to australia and also do the best for the indian team and give them a good preparation at least for the australian tour.

  • vinoth on August 17, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    The selector is fit for nothing srikanth never inducted a fresh blood to Indian team the team for emeriging tour said abt is status i want to no what abt uthappa,irfan,murali karthick,etc doing on sitinng and not playing is he select a good team for emerging team a good one is stupid to see srikanth son plaaying there he is not suited for test format pls god help indian cric

  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    I strongly agree with Srikkanth. Don't play the blame game. Let us forget 3-0 and look forward to the 4th test and rest of the season.

  • venkataramana rao on August 17, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    Srikkanth is bang on. India performed well in the last 5-6 years primarily because of a stable batting line up. Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin and Laxman - Typically atleast 3 of them play well in every game and in some cases all 5. Whenever India has lost it is because of atleast 3 not performing. In the current series,absence of Sehwag hurt and absence of Gambhir and Sehwag hurt us badly in the second game. India had its chances in the first two tests and failed in the key moments especially the 2nd test when wickets fell in a heap resulting in a small lead instead of a 200+ lead. In effect the series was lost in that one session. A substantial lead would have put pressure on england and a 1-1 result. Who knows what would have happend in the last two tests. if India recapture their batting form - we can expect a turnaround... Cant see a reason why that would not happen soon.

  • zuber on August 17, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    stop saving yourself Srikanth everybody does watch cricket, n we know how much cricket Indian players play, the injury to them shows, On a tour like England there should be a pre-planned management to get the players fit and in condition to play abroad. Never mind who is going to listen, no matter how loudly people shout and as many comments we post everywhere to suggest them

  • pradyumna on August 17, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    The series loss is BCCI's fault.How do they expect the cricketers to play back to back cricket???

  • Kavin on August 17, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    Suggest to BBCI (i Know they won't listen but still) - When you prepare for tours like England, SA and Australia, where the conditions are overcast, pitches are made for pacers with green grass. Then why not create a stadium and similar conditions in northern part of India, where conditions are similar throughout the whole year. For example, Dharamshala cricket stadium and condition are similar to English conditions there. So why not prepare same pitches there and send the team 2-3 week before there, to prepare themselves for similar conditions? It can be easily done, if the intentions are there to play for the nation. But it won't happen because they are running around for money and rubbish IPL. The intent and hunger is missing.

  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    I agree that India played really poor this series and they seem mentally exhausted.....comparing both these sides, India are a better side on paper, but could not translate their talent into performance n that is the truth!!!But these 3 Test matches cannot degrade India...if England can win the series in a subcontinent or in South Africa, I would agree tht they r the champions....let them prove it!!!

    For India, they will bounce back hardly and in the 4th Test, England will know what a wounded tiger would do!!!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    I totally agree with the notion that the BCCI has ignored proper cricketing logic and infrastructure and instead rewarded its players overly for their WC win. England are a stronger fitter team with more precise training facilities. Zaheer was also a less than average bowler once but he inproved because of his time in England and strength and conditioning while in the county setup. I cant understand why these methods are not adopted by the MRF academy?? and why batsmen dont get enough practice for English conditions?? in a team that comprises the two greatest run getters ever surely between them they provide advice for the younger members of the squad on what they will face from English conditions. Its typically stubourn ignorance from illadvised, burocratic idiots who are more interested in profits than the state of the current and future players.

  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    The Indians were over-confident. They did not count the English players. They simply took the game lightly and had the over-confidence that they could easily defeat England.

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