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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  • 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.

  • vinothmanisekar 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

  • 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.

  • Vnott 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.

  • zuber21886 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

  • sachingilly 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???

  • Romenevans 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.

  • 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!!!!!!!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • vinothmanisekar 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

  • 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.

  • Vnott 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.

  • zuber21886 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

  • sachingilly 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???

  • Romenevans 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.

  • 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!!!!!!!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • AvidCricFan on August 17, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    Is Srikkanth owning up to his and his committee's failure too? Is BCCI accepting part of the blame? There is no reason why India should not have enough bench strength, let alone the main team? What's the point in persisting with aging players beyond their sell by date? Why pick players that are no fit and recovering from injuries that have not proved their fitness by playing in domestic games? Why not have team prepared by producing right facilities to help players ease into unfamiliar condition? Why not prepare fast pitches at certain venues so that both bowlers and batters get right practice and training. Half of Indian pitches should be fast. If there is a will, right strategic intent, right plan, good governance, all weaknesses can be harnessed in 5-10 years. India with its population should be able to field 10 world class teams.

  • Alexk400 on August 17, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    India can produce batsman for flat wickets for sure. India need more seaming wickets. Yes games will be over in 1-2 days. Better that way in that if any batsman score big in tough condition should be good. India needs to look at punjab or where they can find tall well built people. May be recruit some from army and train them. Overseas indian kids are tall and stronger because of diet. They also can be trained. if england can iimport players from SA , why not india import indians from canada usa especially for tall strong people. Anything possible if someone have a vision and guts to do it. Lalit modi was awsome in problem solving.

  • LivingDead on August 16, 2011, 23:28 GMT

    Good team, ridiculous board.

  • stalkonda on August 16, 2011, 23:15 GMT

    "We all have to put our heads together and plan for the future, Srikkanth told the Times of India." I am eager to see how they plan for the future. If they really take a leaf outta the other Cricket Administration like the Aussies or if they still continue to throw the players into the IPL bandwagon and try to make the richest Cricket board in the world grow richer. Its high time the board tries to plan out the FTP sensibly and give more importance to high profile series than the IPLs and Champions Leagues.

  • rakeshmi on August 16, 2011, 23:06 GMT

    Hi All Thanks to all of you for your time in posting these comments. I am a psychiatrist & in our profession we believe that there are several reasons (probably in a hierarchy of importance at any given point in time) that explains any human behaviour including sporting achievements & failures. Some of these will be apparant to the players & the remainder will have to be highlighted to them by those that travel with them & watch from the stands i.e. the coaching staff. I am sure that the IPL scheduling, lack of ability (as yet) to play swing & pace well consistently on bouncy tracks, fatigue, a tendency to become overwhelmed quickly in foreign conditions or when the opposition is tough, individual weaknesses of any sort-that the coaching staff can identify & hopefully correct, the politics of the BCCI-all of it- etc have contributed to this situation. Its time to fix things starting now!!

  • heat-seeker on August 16, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    Pity for India if the chief selector doesn't understand what physical and mental fatigue can do to do a sports team. But still, a top ranked team needs to show some fight.

  • heat-seeker on August 16, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    Pity for India if the chief selector doesn't understand what physical and mental fatigue can do to do a sports team. But still, a top ranked team needs to show some fight.

  • Alexk400 on August 16, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    Law of aevrage or preparation caused the failure. Fab 3 can only play when openers give a good start or they play in subcontinent flat wickets. People needs to look deep down not shallow. There are lots of little thins happen for player to score big runs. England worked out every batsman. 4-0 loss is 100%.

  • Lord_Dravid on August 16, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    Of course this Srikkanth guy who happens to be a bcci member is going to deny that fatigue was/is an issue with the indian side. He cant just admit that the bcci is at fault for poor planning and too much cricket all year round with the added pressure and expectation the indian players face. Ipl has done no justice at all instead has created injuries and exhaustion. The players are partly to blame aswell but the bcci is not doing any justice to its players. God help.

  • dhekar01 on August 16, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    Chief selector blames the losses on batting failure but what about the bowlers? They were bleeding runs like flood gates were open. I feel bowlers and batsmen equally share the blame. Also, why did DHONI gave a chance to Sehwag who had NOT played single game after World cup. A. Mukund was doing just fine - he even scored a century in friendly match prior to 3rd test. Give these guys a chance and bench a vetran if need be. Stop worshiping them as "GODs" and pick the team based on who is ready. In a country of billion+ people, India should have three teams - test, ODI and T20. Watch the players in each group and figure out who is cut out for what format and then you will have a "game" ready players to step in. Only few (less than 4) should be alowed to participate in multiple formats of the game. Hope there are supporters for this idea.

  • Scallopian on August 16, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    England truly deserved to win all three test matches. Their skill and ability in all three departments were simply better than those of India. But, India should have at least made it a contest, regardless of how fatigued the players were. At current form, India deserves to be No. 5 in the Test rankings after England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Australia

  • cool2cool on August 16, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    I think if India don't have talented players, India should start selecting SA/NZ/Aus players in their national team like England.

  • bumsonseats on August 16, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    india must be the only country that does not see the need for young players to be introduced. their is a case for dravid as far as batting. but the fielding and catching of those elder statemen has been found wanting. whats the point other than getting your top batter his 100 x 100. they should be thanked and told their services r no longer required.and bring in younger guys that can play for the next decade. dpk

  • anirudh.sriram on August 16, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    srikkanth needs to get a life... hes been blaming the indian team when they lose and praisin the selectors when they win. he needs o be sackes and replaced by someone like kumble or kapil dev who actually know the current teams srengths and weaknesses. 'hes been questioned for amny decisions and this may be his worst comment yet. that fatigue IS NOT playing part in indias loss. there are so many questions to be aswered. why wasnt ojha picked for this series? y didnt badri get his chance yet? why was murali kartik dropped after taking a 5er in aus? why isnt IPL being stopped after so much of protest? we need a change in the board of selectors as well as the BCCI if we have to take meticulous decisions for the future.

  • ilovecricket1234 on August 16, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    This Srikkanth doesn't know what he is talking about! Is he the best that a country of 1 billion could come up with? India were only at the top because all of the teams have had average players the last couple of years. Now England has some really good players and that's why they clobbered India.

  • LokuMahaththaya on August 16, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    C'mon England get Dhoni out, that is a must.... it's a shame to cricket to have a baseball player 70 n.o. when all the classy players are out, in a test match!!

  • StatisticsRocks on August 16, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    Law of averages had to catch up with the fab 4 as they have been consistently performing (in or out of India) for the last two decades. Yes, the defeat hurts but a better team has won and deserves the top spot. It's laws of physics everything that goes up has to come down. I agree with @dravid_gravitas that we need to make some fast bouncy tracks to groom the young batsmen to play short pitch deliveries and also to generate interest in fast bowling.The Wall is playing his role all we needed was SRT and LAX to fire. Hope we give some fight in the last test match.

  • KrazyCricketKid on August 16, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    DROP RAINA AND YUVRAJ FROM THE TEST TEAM! they are limited over batsmen, not test! India should pick Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara for the future!

  • romanc on August 16, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    India defeated England last time as they were not a very good side like now. Andy Flower is the main factor for there victory. Please check his performance against India.Indian batsmen failed to deliver their best in England.Mukund was performing as an opener and he was staying hard in bouncy pitches. A good start would have been much helpful rest of them. Definitely IPL is creating lot of problem to Indians. Not only injuries but they fail to deliver their best as is they are coming from different sectors. Bowlers also failed to deliver their best. But i think India will come back. English conditions favors for England. But they should play same cricket when they visit India too to tell No.1 team. Don't forget we have won WC and no doubt we have played as best team in the world. I don't think all team will perform same manner all time. We are with u team India. Lets forget the Tests. Look for one days too.......

  • on August 16, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    So we lost the series because we did not do well in batting, bowling and fielding, eh? Thanks Mr. Srikkanth for your insightful expert opinion. There was no way in hell I would have figured that out in a million years if you hadn't elaborated it so nicely.

  • Arjun_CB on August 16, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    I have a small suggetion here... Please share your views...

    Say 'Good Bye' to all our fast bowlers except Zaheer and pick up 10 young bowlers who can bowl at 145+ or 150+... ( i didnt mean that we should find them from Ranji trophy) make a talent hunt all over india.. and im sure atleast we will get 10 young guns who can fire at that speed...

    Then ask them to bowl wherever they like.. but bowl as fast as you can... i think they will do a better job than the current 115+ swinging ,135+ aggressive ,138+ 'Express' bowler...

  • Nampally on August 16, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Srikanth is right in saying Fatigue is not a factor but he is absoutely wrong in stating that lack of preparation was not a factor.Tendulkar, Gambhir, Zaheer, Sehwag & Yuvraj were coming right out of injuries. Did they have any preparation - physically or mentally? How much time they spent in nets or on field during their 3 month lay off? On the other hand Dravid, Dhoni, Kumar & Ishant were already playiong in WI and did reasonably well. Secondly, How bone headed it is to agree to a schedule which gives the team no practice of playing in English conditions before the Test series? Also why have 3 Tests in a row and have 4 county matches after the test series?Mr. Srikanth, Lack of prep 2. Attrocious schedule 3.Poor team selection 4. Irresponsible batting contributed to dismal Indian performance.Substitute Ashwin,Y.Pathan, Kohli,R.Sharma& Yadev for Harbhajan,Yuvraj & Zaheer & Mukund & Sree.Rest of the team is OK.Plan the tour itenarary better.Bring in an aggressive practical Coach.

  • SRIDWI on August 16, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    Dear all, one fact remains that in the last couple of years, we have played more than 70% of our matches at HOME in typical sub-continent conditions which assist spinners right from the 3rd day or 4th day. Like the legendary Kapil Dev and many others insisting on seaming tracks to be developed in India, BCCI should certainly consider this as our bowlers barring praveen were totally not able to match any where near the english bowlers. We need to groom real swing and seam bowlers which can happen only if we prepare appropriate wickets and until then the story would mostly remain the same whether we go to England or australia or south africa or newzealand. Pl wake up BCCI

  • on August 16, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    Probably Fatigue may not be an issue for the Indian team... Except Dravid, Laxman and Dhoni all other batsman were either shuffled or rested for few matches after the World Cup victory... So it was a difficult task for any captain to Revamp a test team in a short period of time...Most of these batsman after playing 50 overs and 20-20 matches for a long period of time find it difficult to get set for the lengthy version of the game.... If Sachin himself finds it so tough just imagine about other players.....But it is no way related to their ability or performance and it is only concerned to their adaptability to the changes....English men perform well caz its their home pitch...Otherwise Men in Blue could have sacked them at ease.....

  • EhsanKhan123 on August 16, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    I am just surprised batsman like Tendulkar,Dravid,Laxman etc all they struggle to store 50 in atleast in one innings in last 3 test, hopeless performance and in the other side except Zaheer and Praveen Kumar no bowler has ability go take wickets when required, it is shame for Indian Cricket Team being No 1 Test and One day team they cannot manage to do the test draw

  • on August 16, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    True Fact: England--Cricket National Game..But they have never won a single world cup,.,while India won twice.. England--have never beaten Ind in India for 30 yrs,.,.while Ind drew all series after 1996 in Eng & beat them in 2007 at their home... This is the 1st tym Eng has beaten Ind after 1996 at their home..while Ind always beats them...So its a matter of just one loose,..& nobdy can give same performance evry tym...So Ind is the best...

  • GlobalCricketFan99 on August 16, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    England played well - and congratulations to them. India can only blame their emphasis on One Day cricket of late. Many top players in the Indian side played bad shots - shots they get away with in T20. Go back to basic and treat test matches to learn and retain your technique. Many people forget this simple aspect. Sachin is world class player but some of his shots were typical T20. Anotehr example is Dhoni who scored well when he played T20 style - but that is short innings not a test innings where you need to steady the side and hold the bowlers back with solid defence. Even Dravid fell for the trap - and he is a great player in defensive situations.

  • vish57 on August 16, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    When India bats the Swing and bounce in the wicket looks awesome and unplayable while England bats , it looks like a flat wicket; the reality is that the team has failed both in batting and bowling unable to take more than 7 wickets in the just concluded test; we are heros in sub continent and zeros outside; ICC's rating mechanism needs to be reviewed on how India was Test team No.1 so far when we did not win a series against Australia in Australia, SA in South Africa, now in England as well. Beating under rated teams and winning at home made India a false No.1 team; though this bunch of selectors are far better than the rest (even Srikanth was a victim of selection in his career), amazed not to find dinesh Kartik as second keeper or Ifran Pathan a bowler all rounder; Md. Kaif a technically strong batsman was demoralized by the selectors; he would been another Dravid, had he been grromed properly. Can't we delevop 2-3 middle order batsmen who can bowl decently such as Manoj Prabhakar

  • Thyagu5432 on August 16, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    If our batsmen didn't do as well as they were expected to, it was because of the high quality bowling of England. If the England batsmen did much better than they were expected to do, it was because of the low quality of Indian bowling. I think it is the bowling which has made the difference. The sad thing is that there is no sight of any solution to this, we just do not have any great bowlers, neither in the team nor outside the team.

  • Sathya1982 on August 16, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    I feel that inclution on new player should happen in a planned and should follow a process.it is not acceptable to experiment by selecting new openers in a test match.The thought process of selection has to also change from oneday games to Test,It is not just the player mind set.

  • vpk23 on August 16, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    *********OK LETS NOW TALK ABOUT GAINING THE NO: 1 SPOT BACK. LET EVERYTHING START FROM HERE NOW ON..! LUCK OR NO LUCK. AND THAT TOO QUICKLY. GUESS WE DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH RESPECT FOR THE POSITION WE HAD HELD. COME TEAM INDIA LETS GET BACK ON TRACK....ANYBODY TALENTED AND HIGHLY DEDICATED IT IS TIME TO COMMITT..COME START KNOCKING ON THE DOORS OF THE SELECTORS AS WELL AS GENTLY TAPPING THE SHOULDERS OF THE SENIORS.....********************

    GUESS DUNCAN HAS ALREADY STARTED THE REBUILDING PROCESS. WHAT TO WAIT AGAIN???******

  • on August 16, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    I wish to quote Srikkanth who said that the batting had failed to perform as a unit. "The batting did not click for us. In the Indian side if the batting clicks everything clicks. We also did not do well in bowling and fielding." Overall the Indian team has failed miserably. Everybody associated with Indian cricket is responsible for this sorry state of affairs. Corrective action has to be initiated immediately. His statement that nobody is to be blamed and it's not the time for that is simply astonishing! England team played "Excellent Cricket" and they deserve the ICC status Number One in Test Cricket!!

  • George13 on August 16, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    IPL is not a factor at all. Champion teams should play under all circumstances, look at how Australia were at their peak. India badly requires a genuine seam bowler. It is impossible to win matches with such a weak bowling unit that India has. But yes, we really need to forget this series as a nightmare and learn from the mistakes. Lets support our team instead of punishing them. They will surely come out of this bad phase.

  • mrsaha on August 16, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    we should brought in munaf patel in place of sreesanth or ishant............ and we should rest sachin as he is not in form and bench raina bcoz he cannot have the power and temperamant to deal with england bowlers.........

    rather we should give chances to wridhhaman saha and virat kohli

  • Des_65 on August 16, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    IPL - who makes it run successfully? Obviously, it is the Indian public. If only a few go to watch it, there will be loss to the franchises and it will surely die. Can an Indian say no to watch an IPL match? Try and see the result. Moreover, it (IPL) leads to unequal distribution of wealth.

  • on August 16, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    yes in this series indian batting looked very ordinary...if i was a selector i would these 15 for next tour....1.gambhir 2. Sehwag 3.Dravid.4.Badrinath.5.Pujara.6.Kohli.7.Dhoni. 8. Ashwin.9.RP Singh.10.Praveen 11.Sudeep Tyagi/Umesh Yadav 12.Mishra 13.Vijay/karthik 14.Mukund/Jaffer 15. irfan Pathan. hope the selectors try new blood into test cricket instead of IPL....

  • siddhant328 on August 16, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    I completely agree with Krish Srikkanth that the only reason for this Indian performance lies in the failure of collective batting. In our previous conquers, at least three or four batsmen always came forward to hide the failures of others. The difference this time is that everybody failed or only one responded positively. On the other hand, if we consider our bowling department, we don't have much better options in our country than Zaheer, Ishant, Praveen, Sreesanth, Munaf, Bhajjee or Amit Mishra. Also, MS Dhoni had shown his capability to manipulate these guys in order to fetch wins. But, the problem is that bowling department is not our strength. Every team has its strength and weaknesses. Our strength is batting and in the last couple of years, our deliverers relied around the durability provided by batsmen in a particular game. They have the capability to initiate the pressure on opposition for one or two games (as on the 1st day of 2nd test), but not beyond that.

  • on August 16, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    "Dedication, determination, self belief n self motivation is the key." BCCI has provided all the international as well as regional cricketers basic n the best facility to look after their fitness, what they missed out that every coins have two sides. If u give best, is the opposite person best to take it? That's the question the administrator needs to think about. Great eg: Rahul, Sachin, Laxman, Who's stepping in their shoes not soon but later, i'm more interested in that.

    I firmly believe that we need 2 support our team rather criticizing about their performance. Thanks to our past cricketers, commentators & not to forget "Media" who's helping a lot to de-motivate them. I hope they played this Gentleman Game before, if they had then they should help them through this crisis. I hope we all remember that this "TEAM INDIA" had won 2011 World Cup, I know we Indians can't stop our urge & we want them to be like superheroes & win us every single game. Support don't Bark.

  • Johnny_129 on August 16, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Apart from the batting, the bowling failed miserably - the bowling for most part (apart from PK with the new ball) looked less penetrating than Bangladesh's 'attack'. Team India needs to learn to blast sides outin the absence of ZK - he won't he around forever and he is injury prone. No point in discussing selection - pretty much the best players were selected with a couple that can be argued either way. No player making a compelling case was excluded. Team India can halt the downward slide by infusing new blood right now! Let's start by appointing a new coach!

  • on August 16, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    Why blaming on ipl and other facts,

    The real prblm is the same old story "INDIANS CANT PLAY AGAINST A FAST BOWLER IN A PITCH WHOSE PACE AND BOUNCE IS NOT REDUCED"

    Teach there paper heroes how to play in a live wicket rather than crushing other teams in the home by making damn Rolland garos turning wickets.

    I think this is the real pblm for india and accept d reality and ther wknes rather than creditng "WE R d BEST MIDDLE ORDER IN THE WORLD(only in flat wickets)

  • on August 16, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    Bowling coach is a must and so is a restriction on the amount of workloads cricketer, esp fastbowlers have to endure! IPL cannot be the priority. Sorry, but Mallyas, Sharukh Khans and Ambanis cannot run Indian Cricket. They should stick to what they know best- Business, showbizz etc. IPL cannot hold test cricket at stake! Pay Ranji Trophy players commensurate salary, give some respect to test cricket. I admire England having done so and are reaping in the benefits!!

  • sandeepknk on August 16, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    One of the reason for India poor show related to some bcci officials.bcci secretary and chief selector are chennai super kings owner and coach.then how can say the selection is fair.for example they have to explain that how suresh raina was announced(first) deputy captain with gambir for west indies tour ahead of experienced yuvraj.raina is not a captain of any ipl team,he directly posted as Indian captain.yuvraj was player of wolrd cup and lot of experienced as captain.In bcci contract yuvraj B and raina A grade,what a comedy Mr sreenivasan.raina included ahead of yuvraj in the first test at lords and they are saying the reason that he scored a century in the warm up match ok.why this rule is not come in the third test.Mukund scored a century in the practice match and he site out and raina included.and one more thing where is Irfan Pathan, the Bcci killed that cricketer.irfan was one of the promosing all rounder in last Indian tour of Australia.selectors destroyed that player.

  • blondblackberry on August 16, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    i heard many genius call it's ipl the only reason for india's performance.if india lost these tests without ipl who wil they blame.come on enjoy cricket and don't ur team wil always b on the winning side.think ab't india's power hitting now no side has something like that even gilchrist admitted india's power hitters.it's simple tests r won by bowlers but odi's and t20's by batsmen.v hav to accept that v lack quality bowlers.if india can play like before in odi's v can b no.1 but for tests v need bowlers.

  • AB99 on August 16, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    What abt the coach or lack of coaching ... why did BCCI let go of Gary Kirstein ... he was the best and did not hire Tom Mopdy or Dave Whatmore who are the second best ... but picked some one unknown to Indian cricket?

  • on August 16, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    Why blaming on ipl and other facts,The real prblm is the same old story "INDIANS CANT PLAY AGAINST A FAST BOWLER IN A PITCH WHOSE PACE AND BOUNCE IS NOT REDUCED" Teach there paper heroes how to play in a live wicket rather than crushing other teams in the home by making damn Rolland garos turning wickets.

    I think this is the real pblm for india and accept d reality and ther wknes rather than creditng "WE R d BEST MIDDLE ORDER IN THE WORLD(only in flat wickets)

  • Jaggadaaku on August 16, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Well, Mr. Sreekanth, it wasn't only batting, but bowling also was failure. The opponent scored 500+ runs twice against your bowlers and you said the batting only was failure. Captain-Dhoni said after the 3rd match finished that "we're not the best looking fielding side in the world. What we're really proud of is our bowling and batting." I was shocked listening to his non-sense. You lost the series and every match by big margin and you still proud of your batting and bowling. Your team haven't made 300+ runs in any innings of your total 6 innings, and opponents scored 500+ twice and 400+ 3 times, and you still proud of your batting and bowling? Now you also become like Ricky Punter who used to speak non-sense in every series before and after. Your batsmen couldn't even happened to draw any match. What kind of cricketers are you all who all fail at once? No one has gut to stay at the crease and make runs while every English batsmen make centuries one by one. Shame on you......all

  • on August 16, 2011, 8:24 GMT

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

  • ashish514 on August 16, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    Dear Mr. Srikanth- IPL is not a part of the the FTP which you are talking about. And the fact that it is almost a 2 month event and it happened just after the world cup cannot be ignored.

  • Lionz on August 16, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    @shivashakthi: I don't think Dhoni's captaincy has to be challenged. It's the whole team that's not performing. You cant blame him for the outcome 'cos he has very weak resources to manage.

  • Lionz on August 16, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    There's no use of Srisanth in the team. Why not replace him with someone like Abhimanyu Mithun?

  • on August 16, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    I totally agree with East_West and rahulcricket007. IPL is the main reason for India's poor show in England. If BCCI do not alter the itinerary IPL or cancel it, India will furthermore fall to 5 or 6 in the test ranking in the next 5 or 6 years. This is the bitter truth. Thank you.

  • HARISHGUDRY on August 16, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    Why can't we have multiple captains theory as England has? - Dhoni for tests, Gambhir for ODI & Raina/Kohli for T20s? Along with that different bunch of players - Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Pujara, A.Rahane, W.Jaffer, D.Karthik, S.Badrinath, A.Mishra, Z.Khan, Ishanth, Sreeshanth only for tests, Gambhir, Sehwag, Bajji tests & ODIs, Raina, Kohli, Yuvi, R.Sharma, PK, M.Patel, Nehra, R.Ashwin ODI & T20s, A.Rayudu, S.Tiwary, M.Tiwary, Y.Pathan, I.Pathan, R.Uttappa only for T20. Will have some others along with these guys, but these people will be key, am i right?

  • I.RAGHURAM on August 16, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    Team's defeat has nothing to do with fatique.... It has to do with the technique against bouncing / swinging balls.... Now the longterm solution :-

    1. Replace all pitches used in Domestic Cricket with Green tops. 2. No. spinning tracks or batting tracks. 3. Same pitches (fast & bouncy) for all international matches played in India. 4. Have minimum 2 Foreign players in each Ranji Trophy Teams.

    By above method, India will slip to 6-7 position in world rankings. But in long term (say 5-6 years), India will have a bunch of players who would be able to play on fast / bouncy pitches.

  • on August 16, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    Indian road to No1 started in early 2007( they became No 1 by 2009) when they defeated England and then went on to fight the Australians in Australia. It lasted till 2011, and during this time they also won the World Cup. In the last 4-5 years core of Indian batting from No 3- No 6 has changed from early 30s to late 30s, the batting has lost sheen and we lost the series against a younger and hungry side, accept the defeat and start rebuilding with the aim of becoming No 1 by 2013. Just look at this English side they have lots of new faces Trott, Broad(he was there before but still young), Bresnan etc. Also don't stop experimenting because of the fear of failure, younger players need to be tried, Suresh Raina should be given a chance, same is the case with Rohit Sharma, those who dont agree should know that Dravid himself took a long time to be what he is, talent needs exposure and Indians must plan more.

  • rahulcricindia on August 16, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    i heard mr. ian chapple saying that india has aged batsman in their team that is why they loose the game he says only match winner in the team is sehwag ,zaheer ,dhoni...this shows how desperately he wants rahul and especially sachin to call off .so that ponting can take over...........well mr.chapple aurtralia too going through transition phase it also has two aging batsman ponting almost 37 and husssy 36 and lee 35 enough for fast bowler but the thing is they are fit and the same applies to our sachin and rahul they are fittest in the team as said by dhoni too...think about your aged players before making comments ...every team has aged players especially batsman....

  • on August 16, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    It is important to note that all the focus is on Indian failure, and no one is looking at the reasons that caused England's success. They have worked a lot, and the fitness, the improvement and focus on cricketing skills of all the players, the support team, everything has been excellently synchronized and they have prepared to WIN. So, it is only required that the Indian camp (every one included and not only the players) put their heads together, do some real homework, study and PREPARE with some determination to come back......

  • nlambda on August 16, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    Please! Irfan Pathan is a 70MPH guy next to whom Praveen Kumar is "fast".

  • Natx on August 16, 2011, 2:18 GMT

    It's time India hire a full time bowling coach who teaches the "basics" of bowling line and length. Not a bad idea to get the services of one of the masters of this art - McGrath, Shaun Pollock, Courtney Walsh. If you give a test probably 2 candidates will pass - Zaheer, who is out injured and Praveen Kumar (reason why he is somewhat consistent and among wickets). All other folks are wayward and getting unnecessarily carried away by pitch, bowling at 140k, weather, breeze, bounce, etc. without first understanding the basics of landing the ball in the right areas. This is THE KEY difference between Andersen, Bresnan, Broad and Ishant, Sreesanth. Hope someone reads my post.

  • TRAM on August 16, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas , great point, Dravid (an oldman) played in SA, played in IPL, played in Windies and is playing now. Isn't he fit? Attack the players' discipline and committment to stay fit, not the IPL. Attack every player who is not fit. 200% agreed.

  • Natx on August 16, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    @Imad_K - Do you know a certain Yuvraj Singh hitting 6 sixes of Stuart broad. It was done in SA which is more bouncier than these "swinging" English conditions. Yuvraj got injured and out of touch (so he got out to Broad) or else Mr. Broad would have faced similar though somewhat lesser treatment suitable for test cricket. Ask Broad and Andersen to bowl to Shewag or Yuvraj elsewhere outside of England and check out the stats. @Khantastic_79 - You don't have to be 140+ to excel in English conditions. Remember Chetan Sharma, Kapil Dev, Zaheer Khan? All have 5 fer in English conditions. Agreed, Wasim and Waqar are great exponents of the art but also remember praveen has a 5 fer this series who barely bowls 120+. Not sure if you've heard of Mohinder Amarnath who bowls 100-120k's. He was the world cup winner for India in 1983 against the so called MIGHTY w indies then. What does it all tell us? Speed is secondary in England. But landing the ball in right areas is - which India lacks.

  • IrfanRocks on August 16, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    We dont only need bastmans and bowlers, we also need good all-rounders. I dont know what is wrong with BCCI and Irfan Pathan. we really need Irfan pathan back to the any format of cricket, who can bat/bowl and field . If you hate irfan pathan so just dont say he is not good/out of form, just give him one more chance..he would do better thn raina/sree/praveen etc..

  • AnthoniJi on August 16, 2011, 1:16 GMT

    IPL is a cash cow. it is played not to groom new players, if you read between the lines. It's all about money. Come on Come on listen to the money talk.

  • on August 16, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    The same team brought the world cup 3 months back. On this way, we did beat No. 1 Australia also. Give some time & we will be No 1 again. Dhoni & Co, Wish you all the best.

  • on August 15, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    mr srikanth...........can u explain me some things: 1. why did virendar shehwag delayed his operation to play in IPL?.......2. why did top indian players gave preference to a domestic competition(ipl) to an international test series(windies tour) ?.......3. Isnt fatigue an issue ith zaheer, yuvi, bhajis injury????

  • Imad_K on August 15, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    I hardly follow cricket nowadays but I said before the series that India would get thrashed. I said India would be lucky to make more than 270 in an innings, that England wouldn't make less than 350/400 as a worse case scenario, that India would have to rely on Dravid and Tendulkar to score big if they are fortunate enough to draw a test match etc. The reason India lost has nothing to do with fatigue or form. Even I can tell and I'm no expert but it was blatantly apparent even during the T20 World Cup that Indian batsmen cannot play short bowling against good disciplined quick bowlers on fast tracks. Just look at the way S Raina, Y Singh, A Mukund - it was like men bowling at kids. They looked so uncomfortable playing the short ball that it was almost embarrassing to watch. Then to top it off the Indian bowling attack is too weak to bowl the England team out once let alone twice.

  • Nutcutlet on August 15, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    3rd Post ( I really must get a life!): I've just re-read the report on Mr Srikkanth's analysis of India's abject performances in the current tests. Besides the' bad luck' his team has experienced, he seems to think that all that is required is to find some new players ('identify new talent when the time comes comes'). This sounds like as yet the talent remains unidentified - which is an appalling faux-pas. Here, all Indian supporters please take note, is your chief selector, who doesn't know who are the rising stars of your test side in the near future! Astonishing! Andy Flower or Geoff Miller could, right now, name a dozen players who are gradually being groomed for test cricket. The system works for country with a tiny population in comparison to India's; we treasure what we have! 'Identifying' is only step 1: you have to train them to become test players. I read nothing of India's backroom staff or preparation for test cricket. What of team ethos? No mention of that either!

  • sharminator on August 15, 2011, 21:54 GMT

    I am somewhat saddened by Srikanth's stance (no pun intended). It is never one factor but a combination thereof - physical and mental fatigue, inability to adapt to conditions and most importantly not taking the English threat and the danger to lose their #1 crown seriously… leading to utter lack of preparation; both mental and physical. A perfect storm in my opinion.

    But of course he thinks fatigue is not an issue. Mr. Chief Selector can't take on the board and point fingers, diplomacy must prevail even in dire situations.

    Now, I don't mean to drop my support for the team, selectors or the board for that matter. After all, cricket is the only sport India can claim to be a champion at. I just hope the team nurses itself back to prime health from this hangover and remove the doubts that the decline starts here.

  • Khantastic_79 on August 15, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    To win in england you need to have bowlers like wasim's and waqars who have the talent to exploit the conditions...else with speed guns like praveen and ishant you cannot get 20 wicket in 5 day at least

  • m_ilind on August 15, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    The best way to blood new talent is to take them on overseas tours ie. Gavaskar to WI, Sachin to Pak, Dravid to Eng; that's the only way to find out their true mettle. If you try to groom them thru home based competitions like IPL and Tests or ODIs in India you won't know their true value until an overseas series like the current one. So far, IPL has not produced a single cricketer for the national team in it's 4 years of existence! Finally, the selectors should ensure that nobody takes their India cap for granted, and that performance is vital. Poor onfield body language should not be tolerated!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 15, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    @Nutcutlet, coming to the stand against IPL, I don't think our players play as per the wishes of a fan, Indian or English. We just like to win as many as we can, AND play the IPL, AND play ODIs, AND play Tests as well. For a team that wants to do so much, our players did pretty well. They have given us enough reasons to celebrate, and I'm sure we shouldn't tie so much importance to Test cricket just because you and I love test cricket the most. As far as I can see, the IPL is doing more for cricket than all the other Test nations' efforts put together. IPL is here to stay and rightly so, giving life to so many people, from players to grass root level workers. Hounding IPL and wishing its demise is regressive and is like a wild goose chase. It ain't gonna happen. Dravid (an oldman) played in SA, played in IPL, played in Windies and is playing now. Isn't he fit? Attack the players' discipline and committment to stay fit, not the IPL.

  • MaruthuDelft on August 15, 2011, 21:31 GMT

    As many believe it boils down to just one person. It is silly; so silly; but it is true. Zaheer brings smagic. Zaheer's impact started in the 2007 English tour; time after time in India and away when things looked impossible for India Zaheer would turn up with his determined and pensive face and take wickets to bring back belief for India. When Zaheer plays Sreeshanth is a match winning bowler; Harbajan would take wickets; encouraged by comptent restriction of the opposition Tendulkar would score centuries; Laxman would win matches; out of nowhere would come a Sehwag killer innings. Zaheer is the Man. Srikanth never undrstood things; lucky chap.

  • Raj2506 on August 15, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    India is the only country to select a test team by from IPL. I don't know why they are organizing Ranji Trophy???

  • on August 15, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    The Indians should realize that whatever they do, they find it hard to win abroad and that is the fact.

  • Rumy1 on August 15, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    If Rohit can show consistency and work ethics then he is certainly in.Amongst the bowlers,Irfan Pathan must be given another chance if he returns to peak fitness. He looks ready for a second innings.Iqbal Abdulla is a great prospect with superb temperament and will to succeed at highest levels.Not a great turner but a great trier, team man and a captain's bowler.He is young and must be groomed through the doors of ODI.Varun Aaron is another good prospect.But he needs to be tested in some longer version games.Ishant Sharma must be persisted with.He is a special talent.Praveen Kumar won't have much to do with on docile wickets in sub continent conditions.He should be a certainty in XI for ODIS though.Sreesanth should be let go and so should be Amit Mishra.If we can't have a top spinner coming out of our Indian tracks then it is not worth it.Brahm Bhatt is another talent who could be groomed.I don't think Dhoni should consider his place as a certainty though from here on.Rayudu is waiting

  • on August 15, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    There are many (inter-connected) reasons for India's DISMAL failures:

    (1) Historical discomfort against quality pace bowling on true pitches, which can only be somewhat reduced via at least 3 warm up games (preperation) (2) But Preperation not possible, as BCCI earns no money from having Team India indulging in frivolous activities like preperation (3) Fatigue : A World Cup followed by an incessant and mind numbing IPL ... defeat was inevitable, but the extent of India's impotent surrender has left everyone stunned ... even Zimbabwe would have given England a better fight .... (4) India has played the max tests & ODIs... but thats not the prob, the prob is that in IPL we have also played the lowest and most talentless form of cricket (5) Srikant feels we will be back to No. 1 in 18 months, rubbish, he has no such plans. In 1 or 2 years we will have NO middle order, NO pace attack, only some talentless T20 / IPL players pretending to play cricket

  • on August 15, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    I kind of understand Srikanth's comment about fatigue - the only Indians who are entitled to claim fatigue due to excessive cricket are - Bhajji & Raina. All the others have taken breaks since the beginning of the year - Sachin did not go to WI, Dravid & Lakshman did not play the WC, Dhoni did not play half the WI series...... The fact of the matter is - the big 3 have lost their will to make their presence count. Worse - for fear of a media backlash, Srikanth & Co. cannot even think of dropping them. I have the greatest respect for Sachin, Lakshman & Dravid as performers, but as I keep saying - you get a pension for your last year's performance & a salary for this month's performance. This month, these 3 seem to have lost their senses (at best). Before anyone reminds me of the runs scored by Dravid, let me remind all that Dravid has dropped enough catches to ensure that the runs he scored do not matter in the overall scheme of things.

  • desiprof on August 15, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    Lack of preparation is the main reason for the poor performance of the Indian Test team. A lack of focus on the serious task of defending a hard-won position in test cricket was another contributing factor. The team needed to be together for at least two or three weeks before leaving for England -- should have focused on fitness and on developing plans for the series, including specifics of how to bowl to individual players. It is ridiculous to have one solitary match before playing the Lord's Test! There is practically no meaningful break between tests -- what is the earthly use of three matches after the Test series?!! I think India may well have lost the series even if we were at full strength, but the very poor tour schedule did not help! My only hope is that we learn to nurture talent for the future for Test Cricket like we do for the shorter forms of the game. NEVER again should we undertake a tour with players who are unfit, or lacking match fitness.

  • Rumy1 on August 15, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    Now which are few names- resh and some out of favour ones who are Test match ready and can walk in.Wasim Jaffer is the first name.Without doubt, he is the best batsman who is not in the Test XI at the moment.And he is just 32. Still four-five years left in him.Lot of talent, solid & proven technique, experience, great temperament and hunger to succeed.His technique against swinging and short pitched stuff is surely better and proven than Gambhir with Test hundreds in both England and South Africa.Second is Badrinath without doubt.The second best batsman who is not in Test XI.He is class and is surely Test match ready.At 31 he has a some years left.He is in Dravid mould.Get him in too.Pujara is another one who needs to be brought in.He has the required technique,temperament and skills to succeed at highest levels in Test cricket.Rahane doesn't yet look a complete player so he will have to wait and so does Rohit Sharma.Rohit has all the skill and talent but his work ethics are questionab

  • Rumy1 on August 15, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    After whitewash,one thing is beyond doubt.Raina and Mukund don't belong there.There lives will always be hell under swinging red cherry/short pitched stuff/bouncy tracks.Same is true with Kohli.Raina/Kohli are good for shorter versions.I think the debate MUST close here.Secondly, Gambhir has never been comfortable with swinging and short pitched stuff.He can be a wonder on docile tracks of sub-continent but not on lively pitches.So that is it.If Sachin fails in next series which is hypothetical, question whether he should retire at peak or not will become louder and it won't be good.It is Sachin and Sachin himself who needs to assess and make a call.I think he should.Laxman will bounce back.He is a class act.A lot of cricket is still left in both Dravid and Laxman.They are required to blood new talent while still in.However new talent must be ready with required level of skills/techniq to contribute when selected.Test matches are not training centers.They are good to polish one's skill

  • Sakthiivel on August 15, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    @ Naresh Nagwani : If you win the world cup you will say BCCI great and selectors are good. If they loss then you say BCCI is fool. Look at you people. LOL

  • max234 on August 15, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    all other countries do play cricket 365 days but they dont go with the same eleven as india do.England did took risk by giving chances to new players in all formats and now they finally got a strong squad which is young unlike india.RP Singh,Dinesh karthik who had done well in last tour where omitted.if DK was choosen instead of saha, he would have played in 2 test for mukund.

  • Pritt32 on August 15, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    Indian selectors do not really get the full picture as the article gives the impression. They are too ashamed to take responsibility for India's abysmal performance against England. India need fresh faces, as Laxman, Dravid and Tendulkar will hang their boots soon. India need test standard bowlers to compliment Z.Khan, as their current bowlers have not reached Test cricket level. The gruelling IPL schedule physically drains players and contracted players should be exempt or completely axed as playing for the country weighs greater importance. I expect dark days to loom due to selectors incompetence and laid back attitude.

  • Nutcutlet on August 15, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    2nd post re: India's lack of preparation and the culpability of the chairman of the selectors in the team's failure on the current tour. I did not make it explicit what is meant by preparation for a major test series. It involves ensuring that you have identified a group of players who are fit, but not jaded, each of whom knows his role, is sharp in the field and, very importantly, cohere as a unit.Then you need to have the organisation and resources to bring each player close to his peak so that their actual peak will be in the test matches. If you allow yourself to be distracted by other matters, like the IPL, then you cannot hope to compete meaningfully - hour by hour, session by session - and you cannot hope to win, no matter how talented and how many tens of thousands of runs the batsmen may have scored in years past. Turning up and hoping to win is now no longer good enough when test cricket needs to be shown at its absolute best or it loses interest for the younger generation.

  • NairUSA on August 15, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    I hope Srikkant's statement has not been taken out of context. If he did indeed say that fatigue (mental & physical) did not play a part in the failure, he is way off the mark. The players tried to get together as a unit at different times from the party who had visited WI. The players and administration hoped that coming together one fine day will make the team play well together. So, the team played in parts and never became the total sum of the parts. Next time, get the players who are playing in the final eleven practice and train together before every tour or series.

  • Nutcutlet on August 15, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    Well! if ever thre was a load of drivel spoken by a selector, then this is it!l The plain facts are there for all to see: India arrived unprepared and have suffered the consequences. Gary Player famously said when someone commented he was so lucky in winning so many tournaments, 'It's funny thing, but the more I practise, the luckier I get!' So, what do we get from India's chief selector? 'It was bad luck (there it is!) that nothing has gone right for us.' Mr Srikkanth, a tiny bit of honesty, a frank facing of the failure of your side would have been a start to putting things right. Just glibly brushing it off as 'bad luck' is an insult to the intelligence and hopes of hundreds of thousands of Indian supporters. They deserve better; they deserve honesty and a team that is FULLY PREPARED to contest a major test series. Anything less is a dereliction of your reponsibilities. Three defeats, each by an innings+! I feel sorry for Indian supporters everwhere. You've been let down badly!

  • ahweak on August 15, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    The selectors have neither shown long term vision nor the willingness to react to reality. The slide down the rankings will continue for India. Bringing lower ranked sides to India and racking up victories will only cover the truth superficially. The board does not care about anything other than its interests, which does not include quality of cricket.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 15, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    Guys, we just need to have a couple of monotonous wickets in our country that assist pace and then the backfoot play of younger Indians will improve dramatically. No need to panic. Not everyone can be a Dravid to take up special and meticulous preparations to succeed on such monotonous pace wickets.

  • on August 15, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    Things won't just click, you have to make it so. That's why preparation and home work is very important. You have to do all back ground work about the conditions, opponents strength and weakness, our own strength and weakness to the given consitions. If team is not capable of doing so, or have no attitude in doing so, results would be inevitable as what we have seen.

    Basically, our team was over confident, and showed no fighting attitude. And they never shown any interest to last for 5 days on the field. That's what hurting the most. To exhibit such an attitude, who has to be blamed other than IPL.

    IPL is ruining Indian Cricket, it's just helping some rich to get richer and players to get richer. Not helping Indian Cricket in any means.

    Stop gambling with Cricket!

  • on August 15, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    I thing,The main reason behind the falure of last match is lack of preparation and guidance.It was very unfartunate the

  • Yolk_Eater on August 15, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    @anver 777 : indian players do not ignore the country for ipl, they HAVE to play in the IPL because its a domestic tournament, moreover sponsored bu the big boss BCCI, they dont want to commit career suicide by saying no to the BCCI, the BCCI earns a lot of money from each and every worthy player.

  • on August 15, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    Well..this was waiting to happen...now what next..I suspect even Tour to australia in dec will meet the same fate - 4 -0 drubbing...as there is only one practice match scheduled..PLEASE WAKE UP BCCI....Stop this circus called IPL...it is only killing Indian cricket and nothing else..

  • shefil on August 15, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    he dont know wat is going....

  • jonathan5621 on August 15, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    this is too mean from Shikka. hw many test have u played continusly man this is wat happens if someone who has no idea about playing test continusly holds a key position and the joke is he is a test player :) heheheeeeeeeee

  • IceGung on August 15, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    Sacked India manager Duncan Fletcher (he from England!). I believe India had good batman but unsure bowling. When India appointed Duncan, i knew India will go down because of him. Sacked him, find right person that will help India going up. Wake up!!!!!!!

  • rahulcricket007 on August 15, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    @tahir1234. checks your stats brother . only sa & aus are the place where india has not won a test series . in eng ,nz , pak , sl(although its now 17 years to beat sl in sl) they had win in past .also to remind you when did england win a series in subcontinent ?the same anderson was thrashed by all teams (even ireland & netherland ) in the wc just 3 months ago.

  • TRAM on August 15, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    What would Srikkanth do if Sehwag gets out in 1st ball, eh?? How is Srikkanth be responsible if SRT, Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, VVS, Dhoni the WHOLE LOT FAILED?? People who accuse Srikkanth now, where were you guys some months back when India lifted the WC and ranked #1?? Let any player tell the selectors that he is not fit, then selectors will give them rest. DID THEY NOT GIVE SRT SUFFICIENT REST WHENEVER HE WANTED??? What did he do, when it mattered? Dont blame the selectors. BLAME ONLY THE PLAYERS. Oh you guys wont do that because they are your "GREAT HEROS". ....

  • BapiDas on August 15, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    Mr. Srikkanth said "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." So what did Team India do well in England ??? Strange statement indeed.

  • krishna_cricketfan on August 15, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    @@ popcorn: Where is the time to prepare? We played SA tour, WC, IPL, WI tour leading to England tour. Human mind can work only so much. Even in a white collar job, we can only do so much. Given the tight schedule, are we not asking for mental and physical break down?

  • krishna_cricketfan on August 15, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    @@ popcorn: Where is the time to prepare? We played SA tour, WC, IPL, WI tour leading to England tour. Human mind can work only so much. Even in a white collar job, we can only do so much. Given the tight schedule, are we not asking for mental and physical break down?

  • timelord24 on August 15, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    well fatigue is definitely an issue. 4 days after the 3rd test ended in west indies ,india were in england. who schedules the series in such a manner? adequate rest has to be given to players. srikanth may say that all other teams also play cricket throughout the year but no country plays more tests and ODI's than india. also not all of the foreign players play in the IPL,but almost every indian test player is involved in the IPL. so we definitely play more cricket than any other nation. BCCI is in a state of denial. OUR BATTING FAILED BECAUSE OF EXHAUSTION. if the BCCI realises this sooner the better for india cricket. although this is unlikely to happen in the short term. even on the australia tour later this year,we have one 4 day warm up match and then we play 4 test back to back. and then there is the tri series. and immediately after that we have IPL. we need to take better care of our cricketers if we want to regain the no 1 position in tests.

  • krishna_cricketfan on August 15, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    From the comments of Srikanth, it appears we still did not learn the lesson. With few resource, we should know how to preserve them and that will in turn lead to better scheduling. By saying Fatigue is not an issue, he has totally removed the biggest issue off the table. Players are human beings and they are not NOT machines. Especially with the build of Indian players, fatigue is a big issue and that is entirely due to the amount of cricket being played. I am stunned that a chief selector shows so much apathy for the players. Was he not aware of the intense preparation the players put to win WC? It will take months to come out of that WC experience. Instaed players are facing the world's bets attack. We will never match Australians in physique. We are mentally strong, but then the body has to cooperate. Did we allow the body to heal? NO.

  • on August 15, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    dear espncricinfo,

    can you send all the comments below to Mr.chairman of BCCI.

  • krishna_cricketfan on August 15, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    @@ Ali Waqas: What to say for your comment? In one line you have summed up India's bowling apathy. We have been watching this for a long time. As long as batting greats performed, the problem of (non) bowling unit was masked. Now that the batting is totally broken, bowling issue has come to the open. Yes, Kumble, Srinath were there. Then what about the support cast?

  • East_West on August 15, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    I am still waiting for any indian cricketer - young and dynamic, for example likes of Suresh Raina et al. who can say to BCCI or IPL that I will NOT be interested in IPL drama but would like to concentrate on TESTS, ODIs etc!! Can any decent Indian crickter has guts to do that, just like some English and Aussi cricketers??? Can they?? Oh! what a wishful thinking??? Fatigue! Yeah! Kris! Our body langauge was good enough to see where we are going - interms of defeats??? As for someone criticizing Anderson and Braod et al., please get your mind clear - Anderson got whacked in one of the Ashes, and he was crucified by how own English people, and he took that as a challenge and became a REAL THREAT to Indians! also, Broad giving 6 sixes, please those days were gone! He was too young at that time, and not everyone sits on the past laurels, like our own INDIANS!!! We have no Determination, Dedication, Discpline, but we love DOLLARS!!! this is the pathetics state of our cricket!!

  • on August 15, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    I think we need to accept spade as spade. Both our batsman and bowlers responsible for this miserable situation. Simply because you have more centuries in your bag or more wickets in your bag your are a good player. What is required is courage and conviction to face situation under all circumstances and pride to play for your country utmost in mind.

  • on August 15, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    four persons connected to the team mattered in the failure of the team.! Shrikant the selector, he made several mistakes right from the WI tour ,Selected Murli Vijay who is suited only for one day matches.Announced the England touring team before the end of 3rd test .Had that been done Mukund the first ball out specialist would not have been selected.Again allwed Sachin and Zaheer rest for west Indies tour ,Why? Are they not professionals to play each and every match they are selected in. Calling Sewag in the middle of the tour not only demoralising to others but the player also cannot settle down

    2 Captain Dhoni faied miserably as a captain, could not win the third test against WI,Calling back Bell after being given out requires both Sachin and Dhoni retirng from the game.Dhoni hardly gives bowling to secondary bowlers to dislodge set bowlers.Harbhjan was useless bowler in the first two tests yet he went on selecting him over Amit Mishra,he hardly gave bowling to Raina and Sachin

  • on August 15, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    Postmortem after the failure would only divulge the information which can be as simple as collective failure as a team and as complex as team getting complacent,lack of preparation, fatigue etc.. etc.. No matter how much analysis we do to find out the reason behind this shocker, one thing would remain common that our players needed to rest after the WC win, which had taken it's toll on the players' body and mind. Straight after the WC win players were pushed into the energy sapping IPL and shortly after that into the inconsequential WI tour. Our team's effort would have been different had they been given rest after the WC win.

  • on August 15, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    In other professions, people take one month vacation but work hard for 11 months and Cricketers during the off season do not even do basic physical exericses. Many of them in their 20s should not use the word excess cricket"or "fatigue", as this would mean that they are not professionals. During IPL, the tough part wäs travel across country in economy class but certainly not cricket as every cricketer spend approx 2 hours on the field for fourteen matches which means 28 hours in 45 days. Rest of the time, they were doing fitness exercises which is good only for a youngster. So blaming IPL, one can hide but real reason is more to do with food habits + lifestyle during off season. Also, Mahi is becoming more famous than the batting trio and in this series we did not cross 300 runs in six innings. So surely, there is a undercurrent and seniors are working overtime to bring Mahi down. Do not be surprised, if our batting legends score heavily in the dead test match

  • on August 15, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    he (srikanth) said india played lot of test and odi than any other team and then he say all the team have played so they r not get tired and then batting failure what a joke players are not fit mentaly

    it is not worst thing to lose they won the Wcup they r humans not machiens to win ever time they need rest ....

  • vickyrIND on August 15, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    SEHWAG, SEHWAG, SEHWAG, everyone was chanting his name after 2nd test even the commentators, media, fans and saying that he will do this, he will do that but his contribution in the 3rd test is 0 for 2 balls. I am not saying he is a bad player but he is straight coming to the test and so dont expect any wonders. India need to shuffle around there players smartely instead of putting the same players again on the lineup. Give opportunities to the players on the bench to instill some confidence. they are more eager to perform than the established players. They need to lift up their mindset and play positive. Atlease show some intent to win. Win or lose but fans want to see the effort and thats all that count and for God Sake if somebody grant 100th hundered to Tendulkar so that he will come out of that mindset to score that. He is putting a lot of presseure on himself to score that and so making mistakes.

  • on August 15, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    I think Kris Srikkanth has lost the plot, along with the rest of the money motivated BCCI and the ICC, for that matter all of world crickets national boards, who have no morals, just want to make money, money and more money. I lay the Indian team's failure squarely at the BCCI and the sponsors who wish to wring every last drop of blood out of our hardworking players. Unless the greed of putting our players through so many games, making them play mercilessly at each and every game is addressed then people like Kris will always use players as an excuse. It is time to stop blaming the players all the time! When India won the world cup, nobody talked about how hard it is and the effect on players but when they fail people come down on them like a ton of bricks. They are human beings, not slaves. Give the players a break and get some real selectors/coaches/management in who see this and will take the blame on the chin when things go wrong rather than hide behind the player.

  • TRAM on August 15, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    Well both batting AND bowling are miserable. Srikkanth's point is batting failure hurt us more than bowling. He is right since our bowlers did get ENG to struggle in couple of innings endangering them to get them all out under 200 runs. But Ind batting never ever posed any respectable performance. Some time in the future I hope Indian selectors will give some consideration for fielding ...:-)

  • popcorn on August 15, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    Sack your Selector first.It is poor match preparation, you moron, not fatigue.

  • on August 15, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    Bowlers like Irfan and RP has won few matches for India and since they had failure in 1or2 series,they were ignored,question is why dnt you fine tune these bowlers?Now Praveen kumar seems to be a good bowler,with Zak,Praveen we already have 2 good bowlers,now get 3 or 4 other fast bowlers fine tune them and make them available as their replacement during injur periods.Also in spin department,why haven't you groomed a spin bowler to replace Anil Kumble.Bhajji is playing more cricket and he need some rest and also some one to support him from the other end.And dnt say that Bhajji is not a good bowler anymore,wn you use him properly,he can be a match winner for sure.Now Coming back to IPL,Ofcourse you need the likes of players like Sachin,Sehwag,Dhoni,Yuvi to play in IPL to bring more crowds to watch the match,but you should also utilise them properly in IPL,so that they are fully fit and available for Bigger International series like the current Eng tour.

  • on August 15, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    Though I am not a biggest fan of IPL,I believe it has helped to explore many young talents,but the question to be asked is,has the selectors made use of those young talents enough?Apart from yousuf pathan they haven't made use of anyother batsmen to play really for India and inspite of playing well in few matches,Yousuf Pathan has not done upto the mark(in my opinion).Other batsmen who were picked from IPL has just sat out in the matches though they were in the squad.Coming to the bowlers side,we haven't groomed a single bowler(from IPL)into a world class bowler.Ashwin is one who could be a biggest asset to India,but we are not utilising him properly.India have always had problems with the bowling unit in the past decade.When you defend saying IPL halped to find new talents,why our bowling is still week in a condition where it assists pace and swing?

  • Truemans_Ghost on August 15, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    @ prasad shastri. You are sort of right. Some players did enter the auction and were not wanted but some like broad and bopara stayed out of the bidding to protect their international places. It was contravercial here when Morgan (who played ipl) was picked over bopara. Srikanth works for the bcci and they expect and get loyalty from their employees. He was hardly likely to be critical.

  • Joshua2663 on August 15, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    It is not only a batting failure. Our bowling is very ordinary. During 1985-86 England series, we scored only moderate score - just 200+- thanks to consecutive centuries of Vengsarkar and some fine bowling of Madal Lal and Roger Binny. We won the series. But, during this series, the bowling was very poor. This is also clearly stated by Wasim Vickram. India solely depends on Zaheer. If no Zaheer, they think there is no bowling. As stated by Akram, Ishant should lead from front. Raina should be drooped and Mukund should play at No.3. Similarly, Sreesanth should be dropped and in his place either RP Singh or Munaf Patel should play.

  • KingOwl on August 15, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    I don't like these loser excuses. The Sri Lankan players also played in the IPL and they played the England test series IMMEDIATELY after the IPL with no rest whatsoever. But they were not humiliated like this. Their batsmen made hundreds, near double hundreds - and that was in the early season when the conditions were far tougher. The Indian team just didn't have a spine. After playing in flat tracks for a long time, it was a wake up call. So, let us not give pathetic excuses.

  • on August 15, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    indians r worst in being quick with d ball!!

  • dogar591 on August 15, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    SHAME ON INDIA CRICKET TEAM.......especially TENDULKAR,DRAVID,LAXMAN,SEHWAG....SHAME ON THEM......THEY NEED TO BE TAKE REST....

  • on August 15, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    I dont know want slide we are talking about. India never deserved to be No. 1. Has India defeated any team including Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in this manner. We attained the No. 1 status by default not by any magnificent performance. The fact that we could not hold on to this status for more than 20 months is testimony to this as test cricket is played sporadically. Everyone talks of this English attak being one of the best ever. Without any discredit to their consistency this is carrying things to far. Our batsmen have made them look like great bowlers. Take their main bowler Anderson who has been around for quite some time. He has take 240 odd wickets at over 30 a piece with most of his bowling done in such conditions. Kapil has taken 434 wickets at 28 a piece with over 50 % of his bowling done in the flat Indian conditions. Broad not too long ago was wacked for 6 sixes in one over by Yuvaraj. He has now become a monster of a bowler in these conditions for the Indians.

  • on August 15, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    This was a pretty heavy defeat, and I hope that the board recognizes this and takes action. This is really not a time to be defensive or make excuses. And also, for our own sake, we really need to stop clinging onto the ageing stars in our team; this tour has been an example of our over-reliance on certain players and if such a heavy defeat isn't enough to convince the BCCI that we need to look at young talent, then to be honest, nothing will!

  • Edathodi on August 15, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    We don't have a good fit fast bowling unit 145-150 plus as england have in test to counter attack in any conditions, lacking genuine attacking spinner.Yes, we have won in SA WI with this same bowling unit but cannot expect to win every series with this same bowling unit like WI AU done in past and now its England .Playing and promoting more T20 matches sometimes would result in the absence of technically sound test batsmen and quality bowlers in future.There will be only hard hitters and negative bowling specialists for shorter versions.we need to develop some quality batsman like Tendulkar, Dravid and bowlers like Anil kumble, Wasim Akram.....

  • SnowSnake on August 15, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    The problem was that Indian players who took rest did not come back prepared. Gambhir, Sehwag, Tendulkar and, Yuvi, Zaheer were all unprepared. What do these guys do when they take rest? Literally take rest?

  • on August 15, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    one billions ppl and still cant's find out replacement of zaheer khan :-) amazing

  • on August 15, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    Mr Srikkanth maybe your son can do a better job than Sehwag or Gambhir? You chose him for the emerging players tournament didnt you? probably just an emerging player in the IPL. Put a stop for the elite players in the IPL, increase fitness levels and don't let players like sehwag cause detriment to the team by choosing to play in the IPL while injured??

  • anexpat on August 15, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    I think it is about time to replace the selectors as well. Messers Srikant and co had had their time and now should be given a push so that some new out put from others can be introduced. Srikant and co have pushed certain players as they were favoured . Many players never had enough chances even though did every thing required of them in the domestic competition eg Saha has been prefered over Parthive patel. Likes of Irfan,Dinesh Kartik,Murli Kartik and many many others have been costantly ignored. It is not birth right of Srikant to stay a selector for ever. And on the question of massacre of this indian team is concerned, Zaheer's absence has been has been attributed for the bowling failure. Do you really think that would have made any difference?A country of 1.2 billions is relying on one individual! Give me a break. Do we really mean that we are worthy of NO1 position if we can't even find a replacement of one fast bowler. Same was said about Sehwag. Well! No comment.

  • Naresh28 on August 15, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    Rohit Sharma has nice height,build and should have been part of the team in England. He did well in West Indies. Kohli needs to work on his batting against fsst bowlers. I fail to believe that in whole of India we cannot find some bowlers with height and speed. Some moslems in India? Pakistan always has lots of bowling poential. We need bigger buildbatsman like Englands KP. He disrupts a bowlers length.England have been ruthless and Australia are drooling. I hope India can thrash England in India to quitenEngland again - Naresh28

  • TestIP on August 15, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    I think India Chief Selector is cracking a JOKE! Batting failure? Are you kidding me? Without Zaheer Khan the rest of bowlers look like they were just passing time throwing the ball here and there. Chasing big totals is not easy. It gives the other team the advantage. For India to be a world class team they need to be well balanced. When last their bowlers win a game for them? Why does it always have to be the batsmen to fire for them. Wake up and stop cracking jokes....develop new bowlers and get rid of these jokers.

  • on August 15, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    I guess age has crept up on India and maybe they need a larger more effective coaching team. Why not use people like Kapil Dev and yes Srikanth to coach and leave the managing to professional managers though I appreciate they are short on the ground in India. Reschedule IPL so that potential test players get some experience of the long game and yes send some to England and Australia to learn to play on different surfaces and loads of practice with the short ball! Then India might have a chance.

  • Sakthiivel on August 15, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    IPL is not the reason why India lost the series. If IPL is not there in the calendar then India will play any other series so point is any how indians will play some cricket if IPL or Champions league was there or not. So its good cricket played by England and poor cricket played by India in this series. Some people has no cricketing sense so they put IPL is the reason for the failure.

  • JosRoberts on August 15, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    @Prasad Shastri - As I understood it the main reasons why none of the English players were bid for in the IPL was because the ECB had said they wanted all players who were going to be playing for England back well before the start of the Sri Lanka series - this gave the players roughly 4 weeks availability and most of the teams didn't want to splash out for a player whom they would only get for the very start of the tournament.

  • on August 15, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    Agreed!! :) India is meant for comeback!! wait n watch evry1...

  • on August 15, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    chikka we drew the series in SA..We did not win it..We won a solitary test

  • on August 15, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    @mrcool. do you know what age tendulkar is?

  • on August 15, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Mukund defended d english bwlers nicely but cant replace shewag... but pathan or rp sing , aswin can replace zaheer nf bhajji.....

  • Aura123 on August 15, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Trust is that team didn't do their home work of bouncy pitches and seam. Too busy in IPL and making money

  • pr3m on August 15, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    This dude's a joke, it's almost as if everybody in the BCCI is blinded by stacks of cash in front of their eyes.

  • on August 15, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    I have been a fan of Srikanth when he has handled the crisis of Indian team. Yes India played poorly, but accept the fact that there is a huge alarm ringing in bcci, I hope the next few series we see the youth of India , the most potential players .. Good luck Srikanth ... Hope the patriots will back you when India win again.. That's not far :)

  • rahulcricket007 on August 15, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    CAN ANYBODY TELL ME WHETHER THE T20 WC 2012 IS SCHEDULED AFTER THE IPL 2012 . IF THAT THEN INDIA WILL AGAIN LOSE IN SUPER 8 STAGE . FROM THE PAST 3 YEARS IPL HAS SHOWN ITS EFFECT. IN 2009 T20 WC STARTING JUST AFTER IPL INDIA LOST BADLY . THE SAME STORY AGAIN REPEATS IN 2010 . NOW AFTER IPL 2011 THE SAME TEAM WHICH PERFORM GOOD IN SA HAS AN AVERAGE WI TOUR & HAS BEEN THRASHED BY ENGLAND . STILL SRIKANTH IS SAYING THAT FATIGUE IS NOT AN ISSUE . MR. SRIKANT INDIA PLAYED 14 TESTS & 29 ODI IN THE PAST 1 YEAR . ALSO THEY PLAYED IN IPL JUST AFTER WC . SOME PLAYERS GET INJURED IN IPL ( SEHWAG, GAMBHIR, YUVRAJ, ZAK ) AND SKIPPPED THE WI TOUR . COMING FROM AN INJURY TO STRAIGHT AGAINST A TEAM LIKE ENGLAND . THAT IS THE CAUSE FOR LOSING OF INDIA .

  • on August 15, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    Mr. Srikanth, would you care to answer the following questions please?

    - Why was the Indian team not given more than one warm-up game (which was rain-interrupted, anyway)? Did you not know that England was an entirely different proposition from WI and India?

    - Given that this is a marquee series, why was Sehwag allowed to play in the IPL with an injury?

    -Could not Zaheer have been prevented from playing in the IPL and made to go in the WI?

    - Why is the injury management forever in shambles?

    - What good has IPL done for Indian cricket, other than giving so-called exposure to players who seldom get selected?

  • Percy_Fender on August 15, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    The BCCI should use all its cajoling abilities in gettin the itinery for the Australian tour changed so that there are at least 3 practice games before the first Test, in Brisbane or Melbourne or even Perth.There is some time yet and I think it would be worth the while to make an honest effort.Considering that relations between the two boards is fair these days, I am confident that it can be done.

  • Yabba on August 15, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    India's problem is they have only one bowler who looks to take wickets in Zaheer Khan. The rest are brought up on a diet of IPL and ODI's so bowl to contain. To win a Test Match you have to take 20 wickets and the Indian attack have only achieved that once in this series at Trent Bridge and England were already out of sight...

  • on August 15, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    Srikanth has taken all players from CSK IPL team.Not from Tamil Nadu ranji team.Because he always ignored Dinesh Kathik because Dinesh does not play for CSK he plays for Delhi D and Kings 11 punjab.Half the team is dropped such as RP Singh,Irfan Pathan,Robbin Uthappa,Piyush Chawla ,Pragyaan Ojha and Dinesh Kathik.Players like Mithun Yusuf Pathan and Ravindra Jadeja Sreesanth and Vinay Kumar after so many failures are sellected.Sudeep Tyagi and Varun aaron are not getting sellected at all.What faith does srikanth have on bowlers like Mithun and Vinay Kumar.He wants spoil the name of Indian cricket so sack srikanth and make arun lal a sellector.Srikanth has given lot of chances to Mithun and Vinay kumar .But now enough of these 2.Get bach Irfan and RP singh.Yusuf and Sreesanth were biggest flops in world cup.Enough of sreesanth and yusuf

  • on August 15, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    No one in this Indian Cricket Team looks like a player. See the English Cricketers.... all are athletes, fit and raring.. to go.. Jim should be a compulsory....for Team India.

  • ChuckyDoll on August 15, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    Mr. Srikanth, do you have a plan for the future ? I can bet you that this bowling unit is completely disfunctional. I fear for the next several years since we don't have any good quality pace bowlers. Show us your plan, Mr. Chairman.

  • Vinit_Sharma_Singh on August 15, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    India would never be able to bounce back to world #1 team unless they bring back Deep Dasgupta

  • on August 15, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    Just need a break when it comes to play for the country and can play IPL, then you are not fit to play for India.. Just keep yourselves out of the team. And fatigue is not a single reason which you could point out for not performing well. If you could have skipped 50 days of IPL cricket you would not have been so tired.. If Sachin can play all matches in IPL why is he skipping all the international matches and not performing well when it comes to important matches.. Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj and Zaheer keep themselves off every 5 matches... as they get injured every now and then..

  • JustIPL on August 15, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    India were not able to win T20 event despite coming from IPL. ODI #1 position is becaause pakistan dropped tendulkar/tayler four times while SL made four changes to the semi final winning team. In the coming time it will be clear that India will not look like #1 team in ODIs as well. In tests, SRT, VVS, Dravid, Sehwag are the left overs from the side that gave tough time to Aussies as very capable batting side. Many aussie players retired and Aus lost #1 ranking. Since there was no team to replace Aus as #1, India enjoyed #1 position from where they were and gradually have come to a decline as is clear from Windies and current series against poms. England in the meantime lifted their game and replaced Aussies. So, the talk of India losing their spot and England getting the spot left vacant by Aussies is logically two different things. Srikhant should concentrate on rebuilding the team. Make them play against Pakistan, maintain A and U19 sides just concentrating on tests and ODIs.

  • on August 15, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    Why is it only in India that the cricket board has the word Control in its name? The problem is that the BCCI is a veritable control freak - and this is proving calamitous with every passing year, for both Indian as well as for World Cricket. Whatever this team has achieved has achieved in the past, or past teams have achieved, is not because of the BCCI, but in spite of it. It is all very easy for Srikkanth & co to blame the batting (or the bowling - would it matter really?).. fact is soon as we win another home series on flat &/or turning tracks, all's gonna be forgotten. All the BCCI is really interested in is maximizing its revenue - the standards of the game or the players' health can go take a walk for all they care. The BCCI is supposed to be the wealthiest cricket board in the world - how many sporting pitches are there in our country? Forget pitches, you will see much more attention paid to the circus that the IPL is, to the modalities of the buying and selling of cricketers.

  • on August 15, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    Because of the IPL India's performance is not upto the mark. First we should ban IPL matches and we should give preference to International matches rather than the IPL matches. The strongest batting line up in the world now tattered like anything why because of lack of preparation for the test matches instead of concentrating on IPL matches.

  • on August 15, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    India allowed English players to score 700+ runs. India need bowlers who can defend what their batsman scored!

  • Mervo on August 15, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    Failed to 'click"??? Is that a technical description? Rather that is the sound of the ball hitting Indian wickets. They have been grossly over rated for some time and are on the way down fast.

  • hiei_rocks on August 15, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    I agree.. I think more than batsman indian bowlers are to blame. Even if Indians made an avg. score of 400 , i dont think it would have made any difference. The max. Team India can achieve with this bowling line up is a draw. They have only been able to dismiss the opposition was in the 2nd test 1st Innings where the conditions were more than helpful.If team india cannot get rid of the ten batsmen in the opposition they truly do not deserve to be at the no. 1 spot. Buckle up bowlers.....

  • New_Wind on August 15, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    "The batting did not click for us. We also did not do well in bowling and fielding." - what an insightful analysis :-)

  • Indiacricketreverend on August 15, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    More than fatigue...I guess we are really missing a promising bench strength & requisite all rounders.England can bat all the way till number 10..If the Board had persisted with Irfan Pathan,just maybe he would have developed into a better All rounder.Thetreatment meted out to him, was just as in the case of Ajit Agarkar.For a hypothetical second line of players that could be an adequate replacement, here is my list: 1.Murali Vijay 2.Manish Pandey 3.Rohit Sharma 4.Robin Uthappa 5.Dinesh Karthik 6.Yusuf Pathan 7.Irfan pathan 8.Stuart Binny 9.R Ashwin 10.R Vinay Kumar 11.Pankaj Singh

  • on August 15, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    @anver777, England Players did not ignore IPL. They were interested and put forward their names for IPL but they were not bought by any team. There was no bid for either Anderson or Swann. And please do not portray Indian players as playing for money. IPL has players from every country be it SA, SL, WI, NZ, or AUS. However ENG & PAK players were not bid for. That does not make them patriotic.

    India lost to England, because England were the better team and outplayed us in all but a few sessions. Plain and Simple. No need to make it complicated.

  • on August 15, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    Good opening partnerships, almost always, lead to positive results for India. Suggest to the Chief Selector a combination of an experienced hand and emerging youth, he will READILY accept -- K.Srikkant & S.Anirudhn as the opening pair. That will give enough time to Sehvag & Gambir to get fully recover from thier injuries They will also have plenty of time to prepare, batting in tandem -- even at home. Many are criticizing lack of preparation, No? That criticism will also be taken care of, at least for the opening pair, through this brilliant selection!

  • aarpee2 on August 15, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Questions for Krish-in hindsight of course,with an eon future 1] Why was Murali Karthik not considered as he has experience and success in county cricket especially when Bhajji quit after second test. 2]Why Badri,Pujara,Rohit and Jaffer better equipped with technique,track record and tenacity for long innings not considered for the crucial tour of England where technique and tenacity matters.Cook+Ttrot come to mind in paving the way for strokemakers 3] Mithun/Varun Aaron [clocking 150km] better candidates in the place of a wasted Saha 4]Forcing a pmatch winner at 5/6 like VVS to virtually come in the first over was a recipe for disaster-he oves to play,build and win matches with the tail which got to number one in thefirst place 4]Bowlers are also to blame-except Praveen the rest of the pack leaked runs at an avgg of 4.5 runs an over-unprecedented in test cricket and from the No1 team. 5]Are you suggesting the Fieding was world class then [forget Dhoni's glove work

  • on August 15, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    Rebuild the team?!?!?! WIth who?!?!?!?! where is Shrikhant gonna look for replacements like Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Sehwag?!?!?! Its time India look for replacemennts for the selectors...where is Kapil, Amarnath, Binny?!?!?! the real heroes of Indian Cricket. Put the future of cricket in these hands lest we see nothing but the bottom of the barrel...

  • mrcool on August 15, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    srikkanth is right.what kind of tiredness they are talking about...tendulkar almost skipped every odi series after scoring double ton last year.Gambhir,yuvraj,sehwag didnt play too much cricket because of injuries.When they were out of form they gets fake injury to retain their places like harbhajan.did now.Dhoni also skipped newzealand odi series last year.sreesanth,munaf,ishant comes in team and goes out of team for every series..except raina no player played continuous cricket.And Raina is selected in every tour even after failure since one and half year.when they gets success no one talks about IPL.

  • on August 15, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    Mr. Srikant please answer me this you accepted the fact that Indians are playing more cricket. Thanks for appreciating that when other team comes to India they come well in advance 10 days to get the feel, but it could not happen with indian team as they are playing some series and then another. where is the time for getting used to conditions.

    Talking about IPL yes the Indian Players are playing. because you get money when Sachins, Dhonis, Rainas, Yuvrajs are playing and not because of international player. I have seen you so many times shouting and encouraging Chennai Superkings and expecting Dhoni, Rainas to do well, why dont you guys give these players choice of playing in which game they want or second round of matches.

    Lastly Players pick injury in IPL, then being not 100% fit come into national squad, play intnational match, aggrevate injury on the first day leaving team in dire straits. Other fast bowlers bowling 200 overs which will lead to wear and tear in them.

  • on August 15, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    Mr. Srikanth please tell me where is the alternatives of Zaheer khan & Sehwag...everytime somebody injured he replaced Murli Vijay by defualt..

  • on August 15, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    CONTINUED ------ pacemen & spinners alike - been neutralised by the defensive imperatives of IPL & 50-over cricket? 4. Selection: why is there no place for Irfan Pathan, a potent left-arm swing bowler (i.e. someone ideal for English conditions) & an all-rounder capable of scoring valuable runs at 7 or 8 in the Bresnan/Broad mould? Why did you leave Virat Kohli & Rohit Sharma behind, when both have vastly superior techniques to Mukund, Raina & Yuvraj? Where was Ashwin? Why was the anodyne Bhajji included? 5. Inadequate coaching: the way that the three batsmen I've just name-checked - Mukund, Raina & Yuvraj - played the short ball was nothing less than amateurish. Are we to believe that the BCCI's vast reservoir of coaching manpower was collectively incapable of identifying such weaknesses (half an hour's batting against a bowling machine programmed to send down bouncers would have sufficed) - & putting them right BEFORE the tour had even kicked off?

  • on August 15, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    As an Englishman, I'm obviously delighted that we're hammering you guys (& we'll almost certainly do it again in India next year as well, as I don't see any Indian spinners on the horizon who are going to out-spin Swann & Panesar, let alone any Indian batsmen who are going to out-accumulate Cook, Trott & Bell); however, I've also always loved the elegance, flair & intrinsically sporting nature of Indian cricket - Vengsarkar, Azharuddin, Sehwag & Dhoni are among my favourite players of all time - so please allow me to offer an unbiased micro-analysis of exactly where India went wrong in the current series: 1. The insane schedule, post-World Cup: guaranteed to drain even the most resilient player both physically & mentally; 2. Lack of opportunity for adequate acclimatisation in English conditions (just one warm-up game: utterly ridiculous); 3. Yes, injuries: but why do you have zero bench strength? Where are your bowling reserves? Have ALL the promising young Indian bowlers - pacemen &

  • on August 15, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    Looks like the selectors are still focusing on batsmen. We need an all-round team to reach to the top spot. And this is a good time to begin. We should develop good bowlers, more importantly support them with good bowling friendly pitches at home. That way we wont be under any illusion the next time we tour overseas.

  • on August 15, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    Its the crucial time for india to reconstruct their line up.The rule has to be developed that the 11 members in national team should not be allowed in IPL..Its the time for the entry of kohli,pujara and lot of youngsters to emerge in the side.From the last 3 matches,senior experienced players except dravid' were also struggled.lacked thier consistency..they should give up their positions for younger generation...Lets hope to see new faces in indian side in the 2004th Test...

  • shenhere on August 15, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    I agree with Srikanth. You can't blame fatigue in this case. Let's take a look at the team India is playing against... England. Dec - Feb : Ashes plus 7 ODIs against Australia. Mar: WC where the reached the Qtrs. May - Jul: 3 Tests and 5 ODIs against Sri Lanka. Jul onwards: 4 Tests against India. England has had a very hectic schedule this year and some of its players played the IPL as well. How can we blame fatigue in this case, England players should be more tired than the Indians. The fact is that the Indian team has given up. They won the World Cup and as usual got targeted to media-led over confidence, over hyped, and the "We are the best" attitude which is resulting to their downfall. Perhaps even raising serious questions on the Semi Final and Final of the WC!

  • on August 15, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    What happened has happened. What Srikkanth tells is going to solve no problem. What happened has to be learned in the right way. Blaming just the players for poor performance will not help. What the players have to say about their problems is also important. A good psychologist has to be hired who asks questions to the players as well as the others, and who is interested in learning about them. Also we have to set long term goals, and start preparing for the future because the top batsmen we have are not going to play forever. Also as we have resources, we have to find a way in which we have a substantial pool of fast bowlers who all could be rotated during each series so that everyone gets adequate rest.

  • ygkd on August 15, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    Fatigue shouldn't be an issue. They barely move in the field, some batsman don't last two balls a game, the bowlers never break out in a sweat and the matches are over in four days.

  • andrew27994 on August 15, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    Srikkanth is criticising the Indian team in the wrong department.I would blame the bowlers for underperforming and in case you remember most of the Indian bowlers didnt get enough rest since the World Cup. Most of the batsmen might have got rest but not the bowlers. Also I think it wasnt the best idea to bring a player back immediately in the team just after recovering from injury. That's why Zaheer is out of the squad now and may happen to Sehwag/Gambhir. England bowlers bowled some incredible deliveries and used the conditions better.India's bowlers failed to make a good enough impression. They were consistently giving at least 1 loose ball every over and that took the pressure of England's batsmen. England didnt do that and consistently kept the pressure on India's batsmen.They proved that there was something in the pitch for the bowlers. Lets accept the fact that India's bowlers put them down.Without Zaheer they were ineffective.

  • Proteas123 on August 15, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    The selector's comments are misleading. India did not defeat SA. Winning one test to draw a series is not victory. By the same logic, India was then defeated by SA in the last two SA tours to India. Indian batsman also struggled in SA, except for SRT and Gambir. But he is right, india are in shambles because there batting is not performing.

  • shrastogi on August 15, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    Srikknth has closed his eyes to whats been happening since past few years. India has played more cricket than any other nation in past one year. The two t-20 WC were just after IPL and this England series was plagued by players who got injured during IPL. Except Dravid and Laxman all others are playing continuous cricket since Feb with exception of WI tour and those who didnt go there didnt have adequate preparation. It is not correct to say everyone plays all round the year. Indian summer and travelling in short time takes its toll and do Indian players get a fitness regime to recover from fatigue ? One needs to priortise. If t-20 is that important then dont cry over losing no 1 status. But if test cricket is important then restructure the thinking and operations of the way cricket is run and the way players are monitored and cared for. Cricketers are not machines if they dont take care of themselves what has happened in England would become routine.

  • anver777 on August 15, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    Srikanth had forgotten one main thing, mostly Eng players ignore IPL for the sake of country, but Ind cricketers play IPL & just ignore the country when they required most, good example is after the IPL season we see how many senior pro's skipped the WI tour, either they were rested or injured......& as a result now struggling for match fitness in Eng..........Possibility of a WHITE WASH 4/0 for EX-NO.1 Ind !!!!!!!!

  • on August 15, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    Nobody wants to address the real problem. We all know that the itinerary was not planned properly and then fitness was not the criteria of selection. This has been going on since long time but nobody bothered to look at this because we were winning, became No.1 in tests and are World Champions in ODI.

  • on August 15, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    So this is not a one-off affair after all. It's going to be a fully gruesome demise, considering the absolute denial the board and the selectors are in. Sad....the Aussies will be watching this gleefully from Sri Lanka.

  • vamshi_teamindia on August 15, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    England have out played India in every regard. Indian lacked match practice in this tour.........could have played an other practice match before the 1st test. Mr.Srikanth you have to accept the fact that Indians are tired coz of restless cricket. This year India had a tight schedule. BCCI has to be blamed for this. Board is not monitering well enough!!! India will bounce back well.............:)

  • salman07 on August 15, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    @Murali - Isnt it Dravid, Laxman, Bhajji , Zaheer and upto some extent Gambhir winning/saving the test matches for us. If these guys are removed,whom do u expect to play and win us the matches,is it Dhoni???? He cant even move his feet. He can only swat and prod. He has been lucky to captain the team at a time when most of the quality players from other teams have retired. Moreover, it was umpteen no# of times that Dravid, Laxman and the tailenders managed to save and win the game for us.

  • on August 15, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    we really miss Dinesh karthik,Parthiv patel and Badri, instead we can give rest to Yuvi,Gambir and Raina.

  • rahulcricindia on August 15, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    well by selecting dravid in the ODI which makes surprised rahul also shows how much you guys are looking into the future ...you do not have the audacity to even blood youngsters in ODI in english conditions when yuvi is not here shows how confident you are of your young blood ....even in presence of SRT....i think you want our senior players to play like machines and win every match...well without the help of good young talent that is not gonna happen ...i think what you say is completely different from what you do!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gupta.Ankur on August 15, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    "Batting Failure" ? Have you watched the series sir? I mean the bowling has been the biggest failure....

    I have never seen an Indian side bowling so poorly.............conceding 400+ score with such ease that Nasser Hussain correctly called it a "county" attack....

  • Meety on August 15, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    India have had a tough schedule over the last 12 mths - no doubts about it. Other nations have hectic periods as well. England just came off a tough period after the W/Cup. The problem for India is NOT the amount of Tests & ODIs, (bear in mind some players did not tour the Windies), the problem is the grueling schedule of the IPL. IF the BCCI placed Tests as their priority, players like SRT, Dravid, Sehwag, Zaheer & even Dhoni would of been rested from the IPL. On top of that, they would of scheduled at LEAST one more tour match in England. This is a MASSIVE issue that Oz must avoid in the period between the NZ series & the Indian series - no BBL for our test stars please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rahulcricindia on August 15, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    how easily shrikanth put the whole blame on the batsman shoulders cutting aside the bowlers and the worst administrators...india played till the last match of the world cup and won it physically and emotionally drained and in spite of allowing them to enjoy the put them in the ipl and now wondering where the fatigue came from...in the selectors have ears so he should hear it from the captain himself ...who complained of over cricket ....in four years they are yet not able to find the good replacement to ganguly who was not that great force in tests ..i do not know how they gonna replace the big three...not doubt they failed collectively but i still fell they are still miles ahead of youngsters to play tests....our youngsters desperately need some good 2-3 seasons of county cricket to e prepared for overseas tests.....

  • Ashe on August 15, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    Srikkanth, Nice to sit in your relaxing chair in the comfort of your Air-Conditioned Room and say "fatigue is not an issue". The fact is that BCCI and the Selectors have putthe cart before the horse by putting Big Bucks (of the IPL), inconsiderate scheduling and inadequate build-up to players' fitness and recovery. Shame on you for even passing such a comment!

  • on August 15, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    Srikkanth is forgetting the basic fact that the climate in England and Australia, and that in India is completely different. In Indian atmosphere, players get tired quickly. Let me tell clearly that the team selection itself is short sighted and aimed at temporary gains. Farsight is totally missing. Ok. Whatever happened is happened. At least now, drop Sachin, Dravid, Lakshman, Harbhajan, Zaheer and even Gambhir as well as yuvraj if they are unfit. Why one justice for promising players like Irfan Pathan and another justice for the above players? Srikkanth is not at all correct.

  • on August 15, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    and...there you have it..."the reason".... just one question remains...will the players give back "money" (They demanded Rs.5 crore for each player on winning WC!!!) as they have 'collectively failed' to put up a fight (at least) and lost Test no:1 ???!!!!

  • on August 15, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    Indians are not the only one team whose all top batsman are out of form. It has had happened with Aussies too and It will take a while to get into form. And Gradually young players are to be given a chance because they can't play cricket for all of their life.

  • rustyryan on August 15, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    Mr. Srikanth, Except India and Sri Lanka none of the countries test team had actively participated in the Test. And you could clearly see the difference. Only exceptions are South Africa, who even though played IPL, still dominating test where as Australia, who were not in IPL and still losing the Test matches. At least give break to bowlers in IPL. See what you guys did to Bajji and Zak.

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  • rustyryan on August 15, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    Mr. Srikanth, Except India and Sri Lanka none of the countries test team had actively participated in the Test. And you could clearly see the difference. Only exceptions are South Africa, who even though played IPL, still dominating test where as Australia, who were not in IPL and still losing the Test matches. At least give break to bowlers in IPL. See what you guys did to Bajji and Zak.

  • on August 15, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    Indians are not the only one team whose all top batsman are out of form. It has had happened with Aussies too and It will take a while to get into form. And Gradually young players are to be given a chance because they can't play cricket for all of their life.

  • on August 15, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    and...there you have it..."the reason".... just one question remains...will the players give back "money" (They demanded Rs.5 crore for each player on winning WC!!!) as they have 'collectively failed' to put up a fight (at least) and lost Test no:1 ???!!!!

  • on August 15, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    Srikkanth is forgetting the basic fact that the climate in England and Australia, and that in India is completely different. In Indian atmosphere, players get tired quickly. Let me tell clearly that the team selection itself is short sighted and aimed at temporary gains. Farsight is totally missing. Ok. Whatever happened is happened. At least now, drop Sachin, Dravid, Lakshman, Harbhajan, Zaheer and even Gambhir as well as yuvraj if they are unfit. Why one justice for promising players like Irfan Pathan and another justice for the above players? Srikkanth is not at all correct.

  • Ashe on August 15, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    Srikkanth, Nice to sit in your relaxing chair in the comfort of your Air-Conditioned Room and say "fatigue is not an issue". The fact is that BCCI and the Selectors have putthe cart before the horse by putting Big Bucks (of the IPL), inconsiderate scheduling and inadequate build-up to players' fitness and recovery. Shame on you for even passing such a comment!

  • rahulcricindia on August 15, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    how easily shrikanth put the whole blame on the batsman shoulders cutting aside the bowlers and the worst administrators...india played till the last match of the world cup and won it physically and emotionally drained and in spite of allowing them to enjoy the put them in the ipl and now wondering where the fatigue came from...in the selectors have ears so he should hear it from the captain himself ...who complained of over cricket ....in four years they are yet not able to find the good replacement to ganguly who was not that great force in tests ..i do not know how they gonna replace the big three...not doubt they failed collectively but i still fell they are still miles ahead of youngsters to play tests....our youngsters desperately need some good 2-3 seasons of county cricket to e prepared for overseas tests.....

  • Meety on August 15, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    India have had a tough schedule over the last 12 mths - no doubts about it. Other nations have hectic periods as well. England just came off a tough period after the W/Cup. The problem for India is NOT the amount of Tests & ODIs, (bear in mind some players did not tour the Windies), the problem is the grueling schedule of the IPL. IF the BCCI placed Tests as their priority, players like SRT, Dravid, Sehwag, Zaheer & even Dhoni would of been rested from the IPL. On top of that, they would of scheduled at LEAST one more tour match in England. This is a MASSIVE issue that Oz must avoid in the period between the NZ series & the Indian series - no BBL for our test stars please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gupta.Ankur on August 15, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    "Batting Failure" ? Have you watched the series sir? I mean the bowling has been the biggest failure....

    I have never seen an Indian side bowling so poorly.............conceding 400+ score with such ease that Nasser Hussain correctly called it a "county" attack....

  • rahulcricindia on August 15, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    well by selecting dravid in the ODI which makes surprised rahul also shows how much you guys are looking into the future ...you do not have the audacity to even blood youngsters in ODI in english conditions when yuvi is not here shows how confident you are of your young blood ....even in presence of SRT....i think you want our senior players to play like machines and win every match...well without the help of good young talent that is not gonna happen ...i think what you say is completely different from what you do!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on August 15, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    we really miss Dinesh karthik,Parthiv patel and Badri, instead we can give rest to Yuvi,Gambir and Raina.