England in India 2012-13 December 11, 2012

Former India selectors slam team

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Former India selectors, one of them a part of the selection committee as recently as the World Twenty20 in September this year, have called for drastic changes to the team they themselves built.

Kris Srikkanth, the chairman of the previous committee that was reluctant to make changes, has come out all guns blazing. Two days after saying Dhoni has lost control over things and that he is confused, Srikkanth has written in a column that says the team needs to acknowledge its failures, which is exactly what the previous selection committee headed by him didn't do.

"Time has come for everyone to own up responsibility and stand up to be counted," Srikkanth wrote. "It is also time to stop blaming the conditions for every reversal. A good team must perform in all conditions and not lend too much thought on things they have no control over."

Dilip Vengsarkar, the chairman of selectors before the last committee took over, said there weren't many options available. "We are struggling with options at present," he said. "Some players are struggling with injuries. We do not have strong replacements for these players. The team members have to remove themselves from their comfort zone and perform well."

03.20GMT, December 12: This article has been updated.

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  • Al_Bundy1 on December 14, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    The selectors were so myopic. It seems they were looking for players only in their zone. There are a lot of upcoming youngsters - Rishi Dhawan of HP is a fine all-rounder. Kaul brothers of Punjab, Mandeep Singh and possibly Jiwanjot Singh of Punjab, Pankaj Singh of Rajasthan, B Kumar and Imtiaz Ahmed of UP are fine bowlers. Parvez Rassol of Kashmir is a fine all-rounder who has been taking 5 wicket hauls and scoring centuries this season.

  • on December 13, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Please let's not talk abt sacking of Dhoni first. First we must sack the BCCI officials who lall are enjoying royal life with the BCCI money. The well deserved people who have done lot of service tyo BCCI will not be given due regard. As most of the people who have yeoman service to BCCI needs financial help. But BCCI is not interested to take steps for that. For example BCCI is giving a montly pension for all the state players and Test and ODI umpires. But BCCI umpires who could not get an opportunity to become TEST and ODI umpires were not given the pension. Hope atleast on seeing this, BCCI will take steps to help all the retired umpires who are not given the pension.

  • on December 13, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    wow.... i just saw few amazing view against Sehwag and Gambhir... and few people are still defending Dhoni... that's really interesting that no one is looking after loser captain who never wins any series after world cup 2011.... Grow up BCCI.... its not your Team.... its the Team which represents India... and Skipper like Dhoni should be Banned for life as he is demotivating and doing mean things with Cricketers like Sehwag and Gambhir.... In England Series except Pujara and Sehwag no one shines... and more thing Ashwin is a Bowler so better he has to concentrate on Bowling than Batting

  • Harsha_Reddy on December 13, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    The blame should be taken by srikkanth...he had ample time to sit with seniors and develop a plan for india so that all the greats do not leave at same stage ...India has always depended on batting to pull through and when you loose 2 of the greatest that won u majority of tests..this was expected...more so when sehwag and tendulkar are not hitting their straps... the problem is INDIA was a great team not because of system but they had some core group that believed in their game (rahul/ganguly/vvs/sachin/Kumble) later added by viru/gauti... administrators had a decade to fix the system and instead they went for IPL and downgraded cricket all together..now india finds itself in a place where there is no core group of players who want to take forward and there was never a system like aus/eng to get better... for india to be consistently better again ..needs a miracle and players who care for test cricket ...currently only a miracle can save them for short term ......

  • on December 13, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    @balajit on (December 12 2012, 15:34 PM GMT) Bravo! Mr Srikanth !...

    Bravo, Balajit. Beautifully put. Exposed, the double-speak of Srikkant. Keeping conscience in the freezer, when he gets several lakhs from BCCI as a Chief Selector. And, showing bravado, when you are out. Shameful. Didn't do anything meaningful when he had the power and blabbering to get media attention now, when he sees all the attention Jimmy is getting. One may not agree with Amarnath on all that he says. But hats off to his honesty and integrity. even at the cost of lakhs in income, and taking the risk of inviting the wrath of the big guys who wield their powers ruthlessly, shamelessly, and without an iota of conscience.

  • ProdigyA on December 12, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    Oh stop it Chika.. If anything Jimmy can talk but you? Absolutely Not. Remember, you were the "CHAIRMAN" of the selection committee and current sorry state of Indian cricket is solely your responsibility. Your lack of vision and incompetent selections has cost us so dearly. You did not have the guts to take bold decisions when needed and now when you are not in the hot seat you want drastic changes. Absolute hypocrisy. Politics apart, Dhoni must be shown the door from Tests irrespective of Nagpur.

  • Semoli on December 12, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Srikanth needs to take responsibility.. We are here because his team did not have a plan for the retirement of Rahul, VVS and Tendulkar. They did not even talk to these guys about their retirement. The previous selectors should have identified a group of youngsters and partially blooded them in England and Australia...

    The current selection committee is not to be blamed, Srikanth's team needs to take responsibility.

  • wibblewibble on December 12, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    BCCI chairman N.Srinivasan apparently influences selection. He owns one of the IPL teams, CSK. One of his employees at CSK is Dhoni. Dhoni being India captain is an asset to CSK. N.Srinivasan has a conflict of interest that no-one reports on. (He also never played first class cricket)

    How on earth do you guys accept this?

  • RaviNarla on December 12, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Only thing Srikanth could have done is remove a non performing Tendulkar and make some wise selections. When it comes to removing Dhoni he has absolutely no say over there. As long as N Srinivasan heads the board Ashwin and Dhoni will keep playing.

  • on December 12, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    A white wash of 4-0 in Australia and in England, if it happened to Australia's team or England Team, do you think their cricket board will keep the captain ? No way. Even the captains would have stepped down as a moral responsibility.

    There is no doubt Dhoni's captaincy in One day and T20s. His test cricketing abilities and captaincy is always questionable.

    I don't find anything wrong with Mohinder's Amarnath statement too.

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 14, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    The selectors were so myopic. It seems they were looking for players only in their zone. There are a lot of upcoming youngsters - Rishi Dhawan of HP is a fine all-rounder. Kaul brothers of Punjab, Mandeep Singh and possibly Jiwanjot Singh of Punjab, Pankaj Singh of Rajasthan, B Kumar and Imtiaz Ahmed of UP are fine bowlers. Parvez Rassol of Kashmir is a fine all-rounder who has been taking 5 wicket hauls and scoring centuries this season.

  • on December 13, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Please let's not talk abt sacking of Dhoni first. First we must sack the BCCI officials who lall are enjoying royal life with the BCCI money. The well deserved people who have done lot of service tyo BCCI will not be given due regard. As most of the people who have yeoman service to BCCI needs financial help. But BCCI is not interested to take steps for that. For example BCCI is giving a montly pension for all the state players and Test and ODI umpires. But BCCI umpires who could not get an opportunity to become TEST and ODI umpires were not given the pension. Hope atleast on seeing this, BCCI will take steps to help all the retired umpires who are not given the pension.

  • on December 13, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    wow.... i just saw few amazing view against Sehwag and Gambhir... and few people are still defending Dhoni... that's really interesting that no one is looking after loser captain who never wins any series after world cup 2011.... Grow up BCCI.... its not your Team.... its the Team which represents India... and Skipper like Dhoni should be Banned for life as he is demotivating and doing mean things with Cricketers like Sehwag and Gambhir.... In England Series except Pujara and Sehwag no one shines... and more thing Ashwin is a Bowler so better he has to concentrate on Bowling than Batting

  • Harsha_Reddy on December 13, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    The blame should be taken by srikkanth...he had ample time to sit with seniors and develop a plan for india so that all the greats do not leave at same stage ...India has always depended on batting to pull through and when you loose 2 of the greatest that won u majority of tests..this was expected...more so when sehwag and tendulkar are not hitting their straps... the problem is INDIA was a great team not because of system but they had some core group that believed in their game (rahul/ganguly/vvs/sachin/Kumble) later added by viru/gauti... administrators had a decade to fix the system and instead they went for IPL and downgraded cricket all together..now india finds itself in a place where there is no core group of players who want to take forward and there was never a system like aus/eng to get better... for india to be consistently better again ..needs a miracle and players who care for test cricket ...currently only a miracle can save them for short term ......

  • on December 13, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    @balajit on (December 12 2012, 15:34 PM GMT) Bravo! Mr Srikanth !...

    Bravo, Balajit. Beautifully put. Exposed, the double-speak of Srikkant. Keeping conscience in the freezer, when he gets several lakhs from BCCI as a Chief Selector. And, showing bravado, when you are out. Shameful. Didn't do anything meaningful when he had the power and blabbering to get media attention now, when he sees all the attention Jimmy is getting. One may not agree with Amarnath on all that he says. But hats off to his honesty and integrity. even at the cost of lakhs in income, and taking the risk of inviting the wrath of the big guys who wield their powers ruthlessly, shamelessly, and without an iota of conscience.

  • ProdigyA on December 12, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    Oh stop it Chika.. If anything Jimmy can talk but you? Absolutely Not. Remember, you were the "CHAIRMAN" of the selection committee and current sorry state of Indian cricket is solely your responsibility. Your lack of vision and incompetent selections has cost us so dearly. You did not have the guts to take bold decisions when needed and now when you are not in the hot seat you want drastic changes. Absolute hypocrisy. Politics apart, Dhoni must be shown the door from Tests irrespective of Nagpur.

  • Semoli on December 12, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Srikanth needs to take responsibility.. We are here because his team did not have a plan for the retirement of Rahul, VVS and Tendulkar. They did not even talk to these guys about their retirement. The previous selectors should have identified a group of youngsters and partially blooded them in England and Australia...

    The current selection committee is not to be blamed, Srikanth's team needs to take responsibility.

  • wibblewibble on December 12, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    BCCI chairman N.Srinivasan apparently influences selection. He owns one of the IPL teams, CSK. One of his employees at CSK is Dhoni. Dhoni being India captain is an asset to CSK. N.Srinivasan has a conflict of interest that no-one reports on. (He also never played first class cricket)

    How on earth do you guys accept this?

  • RaviNarla on December 12, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Only thing Srikanth could have done is remove a non performing Tendulkar and make some wise selections. When it comes to removing Dhoni he has absolutely no say over there. As long as N Srinivasan heads the board Ashwin and Dhoni will keep playing.

  • on December 12, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    A white wash of 4-0 in Australia and in England, if it happened to Australia's team or England Team, do you think their cricket board will keep the captain ? No way. Even the captains would have stepped down as a moral responsibility.

    There is no doubt Dhoni's captaincy in One day and T20s. His test cricketing abilities and captaincy is always questionable.

    I don't find anything wrong with Mohinder's Amarnath statement too.

  • on December 12, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    @Ravi_Hari Calling Laxman out of retirement is actually not a bad idea since he scored a century very recently. But, BCCI will not make that step & I'm sure Laxman is ready to play if given the opportunity. He always was ready whether its in ODI's / Tests. It is our GREAT BCCI who snubbed him. Tendulkar & Dravid had Gavaskar backing ; Saurav had the country backing because of his aggressive captaincy; but, Laxman had none. I remember he was made the scapegoat for 1999 world cup when they selected the GREAT sanjay bangar in place of him for the squad.

  • Jits_SRTian on December 12, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    All the Dhoni supporters. We should just sack Dhoni as a test captain. The attitude of him, gambhir and viru leave a lot to be desired. They just don't accept responsibility with all humility. The tactics leave a lot to be desired and the selection is sometimes mind blowing. Why can't they be just like Sachin or Dravid or even Dada? Just say we were outclassed and take criticism in their stride. Although Srikanth and Amarnath are both jokers to start talking loudly now, they do have a valid point. Listen to the talk on switch hit and they speak very neutral, something that I didn't expect from the sometimes pompous English men. Let's keep all biases aside. Dhoni is the wicket keeper by choice.

  • on December 12, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    All said and done, Dhoni's worst Captaincy was highly instrumental in England's test victories. Unless some reformation takes place like the present National Hockey team, which was compltely revamped this year, nobody can influence the selectors. MS is meant for limited over and 20/20. Not a 10% calibre for test cricket. He should be removed and Shewag should run with Kholi as VP , with priority for youngsters and merit.

  • on December 12, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Isnt it obvious that the IPL is destroying test cricket? seriously!! we are still a very good odi side...despite the test losses in aus and eng we did well in the odis..i mean we did put up a fight and dint meakly surrender..that chase against sri lanka in the cb series and against pakistan in the asia cup..those were spectacular to watch..tthe players no longer want to play test cricket..they r comfortable with the odi and the t20s....if ny1 is to be dropped then it has to be gambhir....i read an article written by him just before the start of the stupid champions league..he shamelessly wrote after the aus debacle he wanted to win the ipl to feel good about himself...y dint he get this feelin after the eng tour and instead of ipl he shud have said that he wanted to win the series in aus..the country vs club debate will continue to haunt these cricketers if they dont perform at the highest level..

  • balajit on December 12, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Bravo! Mr Srikanth !

    However why you didn't speak the same after 8-0 when you were selector?

    Why didn't you make any changes? Since selection is paid Job these days why didn't you leave the job on moral grounds or on performance after all the reversals. ( anyways in Indian cricket rarely we see accountability)

    Not defending Dhoni though , just it is not fair to talk something when you are in hot seat & talk something after you leave that position.

  • Maurya_02 on December 12, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Dhoni is just a lucky captain that too in ODIs & T20 only. In test he is the worst captain because he is very defensive. As far batting is concern he is always Not out in ODIs but cant survive 100 balls in test. Team should be : Gauti, Shewag, Rahane, Pujara, Sachin, Virat, Dhoni, Ashwin, Ojha, dinda, Sharma.....

    Jadeja, Chawla, Rohit sharma, Zaheer, Ishant , Vijay they should only play IPL, bcoz they are better there only.

  • Strikeforce2007 on December 12, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    K.Srikanth doing a roundabout sounds opportunist, he ain't a mohinder, he ain't a gavaskar or a Kapil dev..these guys are straight and outspoken. If Srikanth spoke as this when selector, he would have lived upto his words. Unfortunately he seems to speak more for publicity, swimming with the tide type! there are far greater past cricketers words that pught to be taken more seriously. As in Julius Caesar let's say, " let's leave him, pass!"

  • Freewheeler on December 12, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    I'll choose to ignore Kris Srikanth's truculent comments. The one thing the selectors have got it right this time is to choose Jadeja for test cricket. He has repeatedly shown his penchant for long innings (three triple centuries is no mean feat), is technically more solid than Yuvraj, has a bowling avg. similar to the best bowlers in the domestic circuit (avg. 28), and has a batting average in the 50s. Obviously, his fielding is a class apart. He will be no more a walking wicket than MSD, Yuvraj, or Kohli in current form. If Shane Warne sees something in Jadeja's potential, we need to acknowledge and nurture it. And finally, I think SRT feels insecure without RSD and VVS to buttress him. I still like the attitude he brings along, and should be allowed to go on his own terms. And please, never Harbhajan again!

  • on December 12, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Stop hounding Dhoni what are the top order doing chewing nails? We are talking about a six down batsman what are one to five doing nobody wants to talk about it. Is this chat on sacking Dhoni subject diverting everyone from Gautama,Viru and Sachin.Evil. Mind is is

  • jimbond on December 12, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Captaincy in Indian context is overrated. The way Dhoni is currently captaining in tests, anyone can. They just need to select the team and choose someone relatively young as captain. Before Dhoni or Kumble or Ganguly became captains, we never knew they could be good. Even if you make Pujara or Jadeja or Rahane as captain, they would probably do better than what Dhoni is doing now.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 12, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Blame games are part of Indian cricket. The fact is nobody has the guts to admit their mistakes and take the team forward. It's about putting your hand up and saying "It was my fault, or it was OUR fault as a selection committee in choosing the wrong team". Nobody does that in India, hence the situation we are in. It's easy for Krish Srikanth to come out and blame another person now. After all, what did he do when India lost 8-0 ? NOTHING ! So he has lost every credibility to question someone else's actions. This is nothing new to Indian fans. We have been put through these kinds of situations many times in the past. Remember the 2007 world cup debacle ? Nothing was done to move the team ahead. Rahul Dravid was a REAL MAN. He took the blame and resigned from the captaincy. Is MS Dhoni man enough to do the same ? I hope so after the Nagpur test. Cause, enough is enough. It's time to move forward and accept all the mistakes and weakness in our cricket system.

  • obaidulmasum on December 12, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    I think first throw all old cricketers like Shachin Jahir out from the team and give a team with a team full of young blood under Dhoni and wait for 1-2 years - I think then you will see the result that you Indians want to see....

  • gsingh7 on December 12, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    dhoni has regressed but he did so much good for my country that i stand by him, may he make 100 in 2 innings of nagpur, amen

  • on December 12, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    i really do feel yuvraj singh and virat kohli are not suitable for test cricket. We need to find a goood sound test batsmen. These guys dont have enough patience and temperament and are most suitable only to ODI and T20s.

  • on December 12, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    The shorter the format, better is the captaincy skills of Dhoni. He can be a good captain only for few sessions in a test match and not for the entire 5 days. Besides tis he always leaves a question mark with his bogus batting technique.

  • Ven61 on December 12, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    It is amazing how many people still think highly of Dhoni as a test captain. It is also amazing how these people cant see how different test cricket and limited over cricket are.

    And the most surprising thing is that nobody, including experienced journalists and ex-cricketers, are talking about Dhoni's on-field tactics. Isn't that absolutely key to being a good captain?

  • on December 12, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Srikanthji... Please let us know why you did not do those wholesale changes when you were at the helm. Indian performance has been poor right from WC 2011 with quality teams and we allowed it to carry on forever. Now the team is in Transition and unfortunately our major Guns not firing. Why are you showing a knee jerk reaction now as it has been the case for a while. It is important to support the players now rather than talking about sacking and let us accept the fact it is not 100 years ago that we were beaten in our own backyard... we have lost only 8 years ago and every country has started to lose in home conditions. Please show replacements first before even talking about chopping & changing. I am sad that after having been at the helm as recent as 2-3 months, some one of your stature is asking for such decisions. This team has still not lost the series and am sure atleast some pride will be salvaged by winning the 4th Test which am sure would happen. Folks Lets Support Team India

  • on December 12, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    The former Chairman of selectors has to be appreciated for his rhino - thick hide, if for nothing else. When Chairman, he stubbornly refused to acknowledge that his Test team was not good enough, even after eight consecutive thrashings. He dismissed them as mere aberrations (!) and always pointed to the World Cup win. He didn't bat an eyelid when his former teammate and co-selector was thrown out of the committee -just for demanding accountability for the miserable failures in England & Australia. And now that he is no longer a selector Srikkanth wants positive action to be taken in view of the continued defeats! What hope can Indian cricket possibly nurture, with such hypocrites actively involved in its running?

  • Hardy1 on December 12, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    The period from the 2007 T20 to WC2011 was quite possibly the best in Indian cricket history. However since then it has been one of the worst. This stark contrast is a result of the retirement/loss of form of Kumble, Dravid, Laxman, Tendulkar, Harbhajan & Zaheer. In that period Sehwag & Gambhir did very well in all forms too & Dhoni was respectable in Tests. That's 9 players, basically a whole team that now need replacing. Out of the lot only Sehwag still deserves a Test spot (and that too is questionable) so this is a huge transition in which fans have to be patient but selectors have to be ruthless. The ODI team isn't as much of an issue with Dhoni, Sehwag, Gambhir & Kohli in particular remaining in form. Plus you don't have to bowl the opposition out, which is India's key problem in Tests.

  • wake_up_india on December 12, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Strangely, these kinds of selection (and other HR related) problems occur only in India, where the "clear light of reason" is not the basis of selection but all knds of extraneous factors, such the equilibrium of favors, sychophancy and worse. Established players feel that they own their team slots. And those with a few records assume god-like stature. It is telling that the nation rejoiced at the defeat to Bangladesh where SRT got his 100th ton. The fans get the team team they deserve.

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 12, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    The biggest problem with India team is the selection, especially the regional quota system. Each selector is worried only about picking players from his zone. Mr. Amarnath, though a courageous batsman, didn't get along with his fellow players when he was playing for India. He obviously wants to appoint a captain from the North Zone. I understand why everyone wants to drop Dhoni. If you apply the same yardstick, Tendulkar should be the first one to go. He's the biggest non-performer in the team.

  • on December 12, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    For all those who think Dhoni & Yuvraj are no fit for Test cricket, my message would be to keep crying foul. These were the only two people who won us the world cup single handedly. Dhoni is the best captain that India can ever produce. Saurav was aggressive "captain" but not a "good leader". Dhoni has showed his leadership skills every time he was tested. I think he will take some inspiration from greats like Laxman, Dravid & Sachin to keep his nerves calm and not fall prey to what is going "beyond the boundary line". His job is to concentrate & play good cricket, he will continue to do that. We must be lucky to have a captain like Dhoni for India.

    To be frank, except when Kumble, Dravid & Laxman played, our Test line up was NEVER good. After Laxman left, no one talked about him & no one asked him to coach our test side. No news of him in Media and no one asked for his comeback (like for saurav). And, our BCCI forced him to resign. He was our backbone in tests & we will now know.

  • on December 12, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    The BCCI is corrupt! the assiduity of these guys to come out with these comments when there were the ones making excuses and refusing to make changes. India Cricket needs a complete overhaul, starting from the BCCI. How Dhoni's place in the side only now being questioned is mind blowing, when was the last time if played a role of substance for the test team? You have to go with a young guy, take a risk and give it to Kholi or Pujura and force them to lead, give them a relatively young team, and if the seniors don't like it they can be dropped

  • UNIVERSAL_CRICKETER on December 12, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    The backing of Dhoni by BCCI president N.Srinivasan is obvious & justified.... Mr.Srinivasan is a Businessman 1st.... ...Greed in the form of I..P..L.. is blinding the authorities......If India's Captain is also the captain of Chennai Superking, it increases the franchise's Brand Value & Marketing prospects.... so don't be jealous.....everyone just earn & enjoy the money.... why bother if some obsolete Test game is going to be extinct....there is always ODI & T20 to rake in the mullahs.....

  • cricexpt on December 12, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Zaheer is the only genuine pace bowler in India. Only Pathan comes close to him. Others are new pacers who need experiance. Pathan has redeveloped his habit of giving early breakthroughs. He should be in the test side.

  • cricexpt on December 12, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    @moBlue: It seems you have lost your mind. Everybody in the world knows what is Sachin's past and present. His past was great but presently he is struggling big time. Time has come for him to retire. Bhajji is also struggling no point in calling him back. Ashwin is going Irfan Pathan and Bhajji way. Starting off as a genuine bowler later being labelled as a brilliant all rounder and going out of team. India needs genuine bowlers who can take twenty wickets. Not bits and pieces in tests. Irfan Pathan can be assigned the role similiar to that of Jacque Kallis. In that way India can have 5 bowlers in every match.

  • bobmartin on December 12, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Not only have India got a problem with the current crop of test players, but I can foresee more problems when they come to be replaced... When young cricketers can earn a fortune for hardly extending themselves for 2-3 hours of T20 cricket a couple of times a year, who is going to want to take on the hard yards of training and travelling for the long days of test cricket in a foreign country.

  • Narayan.Shastri on December 12, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Sachin should follow the example of Brian Lara, Laxman and Rahul Dravid, and retire from international cricket. We cannot expect a 39-year-old to score runs and run between the wickets like a 25-year-old. If he hangs around for some more time, he will only tarnish his image.

  • rajsarkar1980 on December 12, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Every1 talking of captaincy. Where is the replacement? Virat struggling.. Gauti unsure.. Viru no captaincy material.. First get the composition right. Viru has asking to be moved to middle order.. Lets have regular opener.. Where is Rahane? Give the guy a chance when he is in form... Ravindra Jadeja for test? The cud not get proper bat to bowl in Aus against mediocre Aussie & SL bowling. He is in at No.6. Walking wicket for Poms... My XI: Gauti;Vijay;Rahane;Viru;Pujara;Virat;MSD;Tail

  • on December 12, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    This is It .... Just about four years back i was telling in all the topics related about T20 , all these T20´s tournements gonna kill TEST games specialy indian team performance, england have Make the best example of this...... TWO teams one for T20 and other for ODI and TEST.

  • on December 12, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Why did the Selctors rushed Dhoni and he made the issues and ways for Seniors like Laxman & Dravid to retire.

    Dhoni should have not been given captaincy in Tests..

  • Praxis on December 12, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Maybe its not my place to judge since I'm not an Indian. But its very easy to criticise & slam everyone when you are outside. In reality it makes them sound like hypocrites. Srikanth is the last person on earth who should be criticising this current Indian test setup.

  • dabhand on December 12, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Only a couple of months ago it was Indian team is great, England can't play in sub-continent conditions and India were going to win 4-0. Now it would appear the Indian team isn't great, India can't play the conditions and 4-0, well might be 2-2 with a bit of luck. Gert James has it right, 20/20 has had a major negative impact and given the amount of foreign players in the franchises, Indian T20 will be the next to suffer.

  • on December 12, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Dhoni enjoyed team built by Ganguly... Now that slowly those guys are leaving or getting older.. No doubt he is struggling

  • on December 12, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Captain "Cool" vs Captain "Cook" ... I wonder whos more "cooler" out of the two

  • Attru on December 12, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    I hope cricinfo publishes atleast this comment of mine! Mr. Amarnath should clarify why he did not reveal these when he was on BCCI payroll. It is so easy for people like Amarnath and Srikanth to become armchair critics now. No wonder people write autobiographies the moment they retire. This is the new publicity mantra.

  • arunsethi on December 12, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Couple of points: 1. What has Srikanth done, everyone is aware. He made his CSK into Indian squard. All these selectors have done a poor and biased job of selecting the players they like the most, some examples...RP Singh, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Piyush Chawla, Harbhajan....the list is long. Why cant they think beyond these players. If that is the case, I dont think Kaif, Rahane, Irfan Pathan, Robin Uthappa, Praveen Kumar have done that bad that you will ignore them forever. 2. Ranji, Irani, Dilip trophies have been totally ignored. The players often do not play there but instead prefer IPL. And Bullshit selectors, the selection is done on the basis of performance in IPL. 3. Not sure, what and who transpired the hasty decision of retirement for both Dravid and Laxman...I know that is not the permanent solution but a phased plan for retirement could have helped the team. MSD is a poor captain for sure but bigger than that...he is a very poor sportsman.

  • on December 12, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    Haha.. Look who's saying that.. The head of committee who went all defensive while choosing a squad for T20 WC, is now saying we need all round changes? Just 3months later? Hah! Jokess!!

  • kingcobra85 on December 12, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    who is going to replace Dhoni ?

  • moBlue on December 12, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    dhoni, gambhir, zaheer, ishant should go for good from the test team! i am ambivalent about ashwin... seems like a darn good all-rounder to me!!! so what about rahane/jaffer, sehwag, pujara, tendulkar, kohli, ashwin, karthik/saha/parthiv, yadav, x, ojha and bhajji in india/y abroad wherein x and y are two new pacers? i'd make the bloody-minded kohli the skipper [as SA did with graeme smith], but if they think it is too early days for him, then i'd go with sehwag who is after all a canny street fighter! yes, sachin is in there still because you can't show me a better batter yet on the bench... and sachin only failed for 6 tests before scoring 76 the other day... so, no, sachin stays if he wants to play, all the way to SA whenever we tour there when we'll need sachin, mosDef!

  • on December 12, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Dhoni is a 'Lucky' Captain. He can't be called as a brainy or canny captain. He could not study the pitch, could not decide on the bowling options, can't bat, don't talk to the bowlers..what he does on the field. Its a simple and basic trick in Tests that a Left arm fast Bowler prepare the 'pitching' area for the Off Spinners and the Right arm Fast Bowler prepare that for the Leg Spinner. One can have the examples from other teams like Pakistan and Srilanka. BS Bedi could put a fight against Australia in Aus. Prasanna and Chandra were successful because of Karshan Ghabri and Madan Lal. the fast bowler's success also counted from the 'prepairing the pitch' for the spin bowlers. Curator prepare the pitch for 5 days ! Captain give a 'finishing' touch to finish the match. Impaitient Dhoni starts the bowling with spinner and gave Jaheer to bowl for only 8/10 over after the opening overs..!! Was he playing the CSK's IPL tricks in Test !! A Big Buffalo in the mask of a Jackel !

  • RISHI2016 on December 12, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    well once dhoni had told i have no influence in having my squad and selectors have no influence in picking my 11... selectors have limited choice they have to select from zones dont know who decided it.. there r indeed good players and sometimes on a crisis like this it would be awesome to field someone real raw... thats how sachin carrer ws established when he was all raw... he has brilliant record but he also benefitted from the fact that whatever he played was mostly international... imagine a jaffar started his career on intl platform would have had amazing stats... perhaps baba aparajith, nadeem or sunny gupta apart from u chand could have been unearthed.. bishoo did good as he was raw. so did ajantha mendis and most of srilankans... is it the fallcy of having too big a nation or we are just devoid of great talent or an inept system which does not know how to identify talents

  • ajetti on December 12, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    MSD as a player (wk/batsman) does not merit a place in the test team. This has been evident for over 2 years. Yes, he has been successful in leading the ODI and T20 teams (once again after T20 WC 2007, very little international success). He is very limited in ability with both gloves and the bat in the test arena. The team's failures of which there seems to be no end (losing 2 tests against what I consider a poor English team, yes, I mean it , a POOR english team is the nadir of Indian cricket) must prompt the right decision. Dhoni should go. Keep him in the limited overs games but not for tests. Gambhir or Viru can captain India. Yes, they are struggling too but possess the skills to survive and perform in test cricket. And one last thing - get off Sachin's back! Rob Steen has written a very disrespectful, sarcastic article about Sachin. But I can only pity him. All of us can talk but how many of us can bring a real smile to a billion Indians for over 2 decades?

  • on December 12, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    And thus it started... A strong preference for 20/20 cricket have taken its toll on a test team. Does this surprise anyone really? When fears were voiced two years ago that India will struggle to maintain performances in the test arena because too much emphasis was placed on 20/20 cricket, people shrugged it off. And whats happening now? The lose against England at home in conditions that should have suited INDIA MORE than England!

  • on December 12, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    India got victory on a slow wicket in the first Test Ahmadabad...........Then y prepare spin wickets............India must demand SLOW LOW non supporting WICKETS like Ahmadabad on all venues, against all oppositions......All Indian batsmen scored on Ahmadabad..........PERIOD..................SO SIMPLE LOGIC THAT NO ONE SEEMS TO UNDERSTAND ...Dont know WHY ??????............hence Indians will always score big & will never be defeated against any opposition & occasional victories will come if opposition batsmen make mistake. This is what they have done for past 50 years then y make spinning & supporting wickets now???? Y don't make dust bowls still THE FORMULA THAT ALWAYS WORKED…….!!

  • on December 12, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    This is the team nurtured by Srikanth & co and now he is blaming the team. He should have made changes when he was selector and India was whiite washed in Australia & England.

  • SamAsh07 on December 12, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    I'm no Indian Cricket expert because I mostly follow Pakistan Cricket, however, I have enough brains to point out that Dhoni needs to lose his captaincy, the player suitable enough to lead the Indian side in ODIs is either Raina or Yuvraj, while Kohli grooms under them as a vice captain.

  • DINESHCC on December 12, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    OMARZAHOOR: I don't know in which world you are living? Except Bangladesh, now everyone is thrashing our team both home and away. Once in bluemoon you register one or two victories here and there against SL and PAK doesn't mean that our team is great. You should not use the word "thrash" for India as they are not capable of thrashing any team in the world. The sentence of Pakistan is going to thrash India may be a correct usage at this juncture.

  • Clan_McLachlan on December 12, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    These guys should have let their actions speak for them when they were selectors. Now they're just spectators, and talk is cheap.

  • baskar_guha on December 12, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Based on what I see in the Indian cricket scene, here is my Indian XI

    Sehwag (c), Rahane, Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Kohli, Jadeja, Ashwin, Saha, Ojha, Awana, Dinda with Yadav coming in for Dinda or Awana when fit and Tiwary pushing for a spot. Gambhir needs a long break in domestics. Tendulkar should just play ODIs - at least he will be aggressive.

  • on December 12, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    It is too difficult to make tbe public happy because they want India to win in all formats of the game. The Indian public made he T20 a grand success ( the reason for test cricketers failure in this series example Gambhir try to steeer the ball in 3rd man get our caught) and in test no fieldng restrictions and you need a lot of concentration to keep scoring and it is. The play need to play with utmost careful to score runs. Wait for a turnaround and do not blame any player becafuse they do not go there to get out. Be with then and support.

  • on December 12, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    None of the fomer players barring Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri bowed out with respect and everyone was sacked. Mohinder Amarnath, Srikkanth, Dilip Vengsarkar, Dravid, Ganguly were all sacked or asked to go with an ultimatum. So they don't have any moral to talk about players not performing to be sacked. Lean patch happens for every team in the world and 2011-12 and 12-13 have been lean periods for us. The only change I would expect in the new team is that Sachin should be asked to GO. We should groom players with class by remaining patient with their failures during their learning curve. Yes, we may go to No 7 or No 8, but with strong team we can bounce back as what South Africa has done. So let us not panic and think what is needed for the Indian team to be within Top 6 playing nations first. Don't dream of No 1 to 4. India has fallen out of that numbers long back. We should have level headed Pujara as a young captain just like what SA did with G C Smith when he was 22 and fresh.

  • spinkingKK on December 12, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    When asked after a loss whether his decision after winning the toss was the cause for the loss, Dravid used to say, " I could have lost the toss". That is the philosophy which should come into this team. Because, you are meant to go for a win regardless of the toss, pitch and conditions. You have got two innings to show your mettle. You are not under pressure to hurry up in scoring runs or taking the wickets. If you got the stuff, you will show it. If you have made many mistakes, you should be able to get a draw if you are good enough (More so if DRS is in place and umpires have less chance of changing the course of the result). That is why test cricket is the topmost level of cricket. So, only thing I can say is that the team is very very weak. Let's just face it. More than half of the team doesn't fit in this level and the other half are only holding on to it barely. Complete change of the team may be the best way to go.

  • Strikeforce2007 on December 12, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Krishnamachari Srikanth is talking now, when he should have instead done this when he was chairman selectors! another form of swing!!

  • mrmonty on December 12, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Where are Gavasker or Ravi Shastri now? And, other IPL honchos! Thank you IPL for killing Test cricket in India.

  • on December 12, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Its time for MSD to have a LIFE TIME commitment with CSK :P and for GOD's SAKE MSD please RETIRE from TEST Team :D

  • on December 12, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    I dont understand why people are so crazy about Dhoni. He is a very very luck guy who happens to make some crazy moves that clicks somehow. The rest of the team is what made him click than he being great. He is a truly 1 day, 20/20 specialist. He should be replaced with someone else. We have Karthik, Parthiv and several others who can indeed face a new ball too. And someone speaking of Mohi! Please check the facts before u say something. He was a very important member of the team which won the 83 ODI WC if u do not know. May be u were sucking ur thumb then! All Dhoni now cares about his big fat checks and the motor bike he has and his investments. He just has to be in the team to keep the other things going! Sack him will ya!

  • here2rock on December 12, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Srikanth and Dilip Vengsarkar are two of the worst selectors, Indian cricket is in mess because of two of them not having balls to make the bold decisions. When they are no longer selectors they can criticise others.

  • frankjose on December 12, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    You got it wrong Mr Badur. Amarnath took the wicket that gave India the 1983 World Cup title!!!!

  • on December 12, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    5 POINTS SOLUTION...Ind needs change in strategy than change in personnel...All English bowlers r superior to their Indian counterparts: Their avg pace 140 kph (and of Indians 130 kph), they got more swing, more turn on same pitches, they bowled more % of deliveries aiming stumps, they bowled cross seam to bring natural variation ...Now the solution part 1). Keep only 140+ kph fast bowlers V Aaaron &Yadav 2). Ashwin must bowl from around the wicket to bring lbw into equation & should bowl at least 2 carrom balls per over to put doubt in batsman's mind. 3). All Indian bowlers must aim 80 % deliveries at stumps with leg side attacking fields 4). Indian spin bowlers must also bowl cross seam to bring natural variation 5). Indian Batsmen must play with open face, face on technique & slash the ball on off side like Sehwag does as it chops the ball & ball doesn't carry in slip & u never get bowled

  • getsetgopk on December 12, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    @Nampally: What language do you understand? That is exactly what Amarnath is saying. What did Amarnath do? Did you even read the article? Amarnath was removed when he was not allowed to do his job properly. What Amarnath is saying and in plain simple English I will tell is that the people at the higher aschelons of BCCI are not much interested in the state of Indian cricket rather have some other agenda. And that other Agenda is Money and IPL and CLT20. Selections are not made on cricketing merit but rather on commercial interests and demands. I believe the current selectors are competent enough to pick the right team but they are not allowed to do so and thats the point Amarnath is making. I believe Kumble have had a post at NCA but was forced to abandon it not so long ago.

  • Nerk on December 12, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    Like to clarify a point... Dhoni is not a good captain. He is a reasonable captain, the best to captain India at the moment etc. But tactically he does not compare to good captains of this or any other era. Bowl outside off stump and if they hit a four, put a man there, is not good captaincy. He waits for the opponents to make the mistake, and if they don't well...

    In terms of his own performance, whilst reasonable, he does not rank alongside those who, like Clarke, markedly improved when given the leadership. Dhoni does unite the team, and though they have underperformed recently, he is probably the best man to turn it around. But lets stop this talk of him being a good captain, ok. Its offensive to all those captains out there who are actually reasonable at what they do.

  • baranasai on December 12, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    I agree with Cricket India in entirety.I dont for one minute say SRT has not done any thing -but it has become a thing of the past and in reality he is getting out to unknown bowlers in most embarassing ways.It is time the big man checks the score himself and see whether it is for the indian teams best or his ownself that he should still be in the team. There is not even mention fron all past and present selctors they dont to rise the controversy of asking Sachin to retire with grace and dignity.Ricky is an eg-he did realsie that he is not performing as well as he is expected to .he gave his best till last match but retired on his own terms.In india if some body saya about SRT they will be frowned at as they think SRT can do a job till he is 40s . Let us give the big man a proper farewell and not a sack in unceremonius way.The ball is in SRT and selectors hand.This is the way to move forwards for the indian cricket and the youngsters to take over future team in right time.

  • MAK123 on December 12, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    Don't worry Indian fans, Pakistan is coming soon and everything will be forgotten when they thrash the Pakistani team 2-1 and 1-1 in ODIs and T20s respectively. Dhoni would look at Pakistan as his saviours

  • drdatla on December 12, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    @badur nawaz, u must be some clerc in auditor office(yr obsession for numbers) rather than an ardent cric fan,otherwise u might have known several facts about jimmy.he won m.om. award both in sf n finals of 83 w.c. he is known to be greatest n bravest batsman aganist great fastbowlers like holding,roboberts,marshal,etc,ack by men like sunny,viv n co.perhaps mediocrity is your way of life.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on December 12, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Amarnath has been known to be divisive amongst the players even when he was a player. It's stupid to talk about internal BCCI level discussions with the press. All this shows immaturity in his part. While he claims to speak in the interests of Indian cricket, he always manages to lose his voice when it comes to Delhi players or players from the "north" vis-a-vis players from other zones. It was because of the likes of him that the "zonal quota system" was instituted into Indian cricket in the first place. I remember, he was the first guy who refused to share the man-of-match winnings with the rest of the team, which was the practice till then. He is no team man and should be kept out of Indian cricket administration.

  • giri2888 on December 12, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    yes .. .dhoni should be sacked not only as a caption , but also as a player too.. in all the formats. We loved him once for his batting alone , but many of them hate him now bcoz of his batting. We have lot of WK's emerging in domestic level .. there are saha , karthik and U-19 player smit patel . We dont need him unless he changes his batting style...

  • crindex on December 12, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Mohinder Amarnath - Wants a captain from Northern State - preferably Gambhiri. Dilip Vengsarkar - A hard core Mumbaikar wants Mumbai's prominence back in BCCI. Kris Srikkanth - His son does not even appear in IPL games. Both are jokers.

    With so many vested interest , these three guys do not have moral right to complain about BCCI or Dhoni.

  • xylo on December 12, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    These ex-selectors are making noise only to ensure that no finger of blame is pointing towards them. Would cricinfo staff please care to link Srikanth's "professional" decision to choose his own son over deserving players into the India A team?

  • Fan1969 on December 12, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    We are living in past glory and desperately want to keep up the belief that we can be number 1 test team soon. Indian fans have to readjust that we are now going to compete with WI, SL, NZ and Pak.

    SA, Eng are clearly superior. Aus also is in transition but doing faily well due to Clarke, Hussey being in great form and Ponting, though struggling, made runs against India.

    The fact is we have lost Zaheer, Harbhajan, Kumble and Irfan in test bowling. In batting Ganguly, Dravid , Laxman and Tendulkar (hopefully he will retire soon) are gone and the openers Sehwag and Gambhir out of form.

    Though delayed, rebuilding is now on, hopefully the strong message to PERFORM has reached Dhoni, Sehwag and Gambhir.

    We need to be patient with Pujara, Kohli, Ashwin, Ojha, Umesh. Rarely do new players win series against good opposition on debut. Du Plessis first test performance happens once in a few decades.

    Sacking Dhoni will not yield anything.

  • SirLen on December 12, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    Blame IPL and all that its riches have done to the longer format. Unfortunately the Indian public are now junkies of the shortest version so I fear for the future. Whereas as I, and a number of other Englishmen, would put winning a test series in India (or Australia, or SA) as several leagues above winning the T20 world title.

    India needs to decide if they care a jot about tests. Because from an outsider looking in, the obvious lack of appetite would suggest not. The ravenous England team to comfortably win the 4th test.

  • on December 12, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    Mr Badur,,, seems ur stat is very weak, this Mohi was the one who led to India's most famous & extravagant victory in 83 World Cup. He was MoM in Semis as well as Final. Moreover, he was not a Flat track player like Dhoni. And his average of 30 can be considered much better as he did not get Flattest tracks on earth like these days. Please stop your undeserved faith on Dhoni, at least in Tests, where he has simply refused to perform & led India to the biggest shame for them since its arrival to tests. Whats funny is that he keeps on playing on 'Influences'.

  • SriUSA on December 12, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Indian players are in IPL mode, all entertainment and money and no one developed any test playing skills but those who had also lost those skills, thanks to IPL. For BCCI, it is all about money. Fans should stop watching IPL and watch test matches. Only then the players will change their attitude. Else it is easy and quick money for them.

  • DC_INDIA on December 12, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    There are 11 players in the team. What can a captain do when only 1 from the 11 performs? These 11 players are none other than Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer, Dhoni, Kohli etc. Dhoni had proven his skills as a captain and had done well at least when half the team is in good form. Don't forget the fact that India won the test series against New Zealand and West Indies with the help of centuries from Ashwin and Harbajan. Indian bowlers were always the same. It is the batting that has let us down. Find solution for that. Mr. AMARNATH, I WOULD LIKE YOU TO TELL THE CRICKETING WORLD THE TACTICS A CAPTAIN SHOULD USE WHEN HE KNOWS HE CAN'T WIN THE MATCH WITH 11 NON PERFORMERS. IT WOULD BE OF GREAT HELP TO CRICKETERS.

  • rocknrola on December 12, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    @cricket-india well said about SRT. Pressure on him is increasing match to match. Now it seems he is playing only to prove himself. Laxman, Pointing and Dravid are in good shape than SRT while they retired. So they got their respect.

  • on December 12, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Ohhh...wait a minute. Wasn't it the same Mr. Srikanth who was "defending" this very team when they were drubbed 0-8. Guess everyone needs to grow up here. Actions, not words, have impact

  • yoogi on December 12, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    At least now, people are making noises. Unless every player and seletcor is questioned, I don't see change happens on its own. People need to be pushed out. They don't go on their own. Ofcourse there are exception like Dravid,

  • on December 12, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    Wow very very rich coming from Kris . I think a lot of Indian fans were aghast at the same passionate but ridiculous excuses given by Kris after 8-0 and the trend continues. I think it would wrong to question the integrity of the selection committee but rather its role and powers. It seems that they do not have an environment that supports difficult decision making.

    There is so much money in Indian Cricket that I dont ever see change happening.Maybe this is a good thing, so other sports that are crying out of recognition in India will be helped.

  • gokul13490 on December 12, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    The selectors(old) have no right to blame the team as it is the one that was deveoped by them.

    I would list a number of mistakes, even errors the past selection committee has made:

    They have not given enough of chance to young players but they continued with seniors until they were fit and they did not take any effort in grooming a future captain; they played a very weak part in selecting the bowlers only for 1 series and dropping them for the next, eg. Unadkat, Mithun, Praveen, Rahul Sharma and others.......

    The previous selection committee is just making a mirror image of some political party blaming the prev Government has made all the mistakes and we have nothing to do...

  • on December 12, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    the problem in indian team that selectors did not plan for long term .... they did not find good replacement for our senior players who are on the verge of their retirement like sachin, sehwag nd zaheer .... also there is not any wicket keeper who can compete well with dhoni ..... yougster should get chances to play in coming series either in home or in away series ... spclly test matches .....

  • on December 12, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    I still think it is quite unfair to blame Dhoni for the failure of the team. None of the specialist batsmen did their job, which is to put runs on the board which is the job that they should be doing. If you were to find Dhoni to be guilty, the other batsmen are equally guilty. If you think Dhoni should be sacked, then all the batsmen should be sacked too. That is the only fair thing to do. A captain is only as good as the team. You need someone to blame for the recent failures of the Indian team and Dhoni became a scapegoat. It is not like all the players performed and Dhoni was the only one who did not. None of them performed. If you are willing to cut some slack to other players, then why is Dhoni an exception?

  • ElvisKing on December 12, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    It does look like that Mr. N. Srinivasan has a big hand in controlling BCCI selection committee since after his stint being over Srikantha has come out against the Team that he built....SO who is going to Kick this N.Srinivasan out ? So did Mohinder Amarnath who was a selector but left BCCI selection committee in huff ! Any gutsy Cricketers or Board members around....!

  • KiwiRocker- on December 12, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    What non sense. SriKant was one of the most overhyped players who was grounded by Wasim Akram and even worse selector. Sri did not drop Tendulya. He is the real reason for India losing right left centre. This hype that India has done well in rankings is misleading. India lost last series in Pakistan (2006), India lost 4-0 in England, India lost 4-0 in Australia, India barely drew in SA, India barely drew in SL. India is about to lose at home. India's test status should be reviewed as it is unacceptable to have a team of such a low level among other test playing nations. Sri and current Indian selectors have the same problem that they can not make hard calls. They come up all guns blazing after they move from selection. Sri did nothing to develop Indian bench strength. Can any of Indian selectors current or past drop Sehwag,Tendulya, Dhoni, Kohli and Gambhir? These non performers need to go but who will do it. Just look at Pakistani selectors, they had courage and wisdom to drop Afridi!

  • raj_n on December 12, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    To change the captain you first need to change the president of BCCI. Srinivasan is the owner of CSK and also the president of BCCI.Furthermore he is a businessman. This is a case of conflict of interest. As the chants for Dhonis head grow louder you will find paid guys like Ravi Shastri backing him. In the past he had Gavaskar,Shrikanth for company, now he seems to be alone. This is the summom bonum of Indian Cricket. As far as Dhonis statement of taking responsibility goes then mate more worthy leaders have departed untimely and the world has moved on. Your exit wont make any difference. In fact you would be doing us all a favour. Finally I sincerely believe it is the Indian fan who has no understanding of cricket and supports the T20 format who is to be blamed for this insipid Indian team. They are the ones driving the moolah and turning cricket into a circus.

  • landl47 on December 12, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Ah, I remember the good old days when Indian supporters came on here and wrote things like: "It goes without saying that India will beat England 4-0". A couple of defeats and now look at the wailing and gnashing of teeth. Hey, guys, welcome to the real world. Sides win, sides lose. For what it's worth I don't see anyone in the Indian side except Gambhir who could even be considered as a replacement for Dhoni. Maybe he would do better just because he's new, who knows? The fact is, India is producing sloggers and defensive bowlers at the moment and they don't usually do well in tests. Don't despair, though, things will change. They always do.

  • aarifboy on December 12, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    Pak defeated England 3-0 abroad few months back,now India is getting thrashed in their own backyard by same team.how indian supporters think their team is better than Pak after watching history I can't understand

  • jango_moh on December 12, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    while i find it extremely cowardly of srikanth to come out and blame the team NOW, instead of taking proactive decisions earlier, i do agree with him.... dhoni has long been a lucky test captain.... he is not a great test batsman or WK.... i wud def get a new wk batsman, saha, parthiv patel, dinesh karthik shud be given a run..... plus we need a captain like ganguly, who asked the team to fight... and ddidnt give excuses!!!!

  • Kulaputra on December 12, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    Let us be logical. We have nothing to lose. Fill the team with new hopefuls, sack all the people other than Umesh Yadav, Pujara and field a completely new 11. I do not see why we can not do it since we are 2-1 and at best we can stay there and have no hopes of making it 2-2 with this team.

    This big gamble may not oay off but is worth doing no ??

  • cricketdotcom on December 12, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    friends don't argue 2 Much about team selection Because this team is not picked by Indian selection committee, because they have not the power, The power is in hands of BCCI President. So this is a not an Indian TEAM who picked by the basis of real performance, This is a look like powerful Team. The best 11 is right now is 1.GAMBHIR(C) 2.Rahane 3.Pujara 4.Badrinath 5.Kohli 6.Ashwin 7.Saha(wk) 8.Misra 9.Dinda 10.Ojha 11.Awana.........Badrinath is at no.4 Because Manoj Tiwari is out of cricket for six weeks, If These Players Didn't Performe more player's is Waiting Like Shikhar Dhawan, Hiken Shah, Unmukt Chand, Mandeep Singh, Umesh Yadav, Ankeet Chavan, Sandeep Sharma...... So give opportunity to genuine player on basis of performance not the basis of power.

  • on December 12, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    srikanth was the chief selector when indian team was brutally whitewashed in england and australia.. he couldnt bring any changes to the team then.. and now once his tenure is over, he started commenting on the perfomance of the team.. so ridiculous..

  • ashish514 on December 12, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    @Badur Navaz- No titles? He was Man of the match in semi final and final of 1983 world cup which India won.

  • y4yoga on December 12, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    MSD's decision is right, He cannot just leave and go and put the headstones on the others when the team is in huge trouble. As of now there is no replacement for MSD as a captain and a wicket keeper batsmen. As far as I was concerned MSD is the best Indian captain and Wicket keeper. So stop thinking of replacement and find what is the actual problem for failures

  • on December 12, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    India currently has two liabilities that they are carrying with them. One is Tendulkar and the second one is Dhoni. But the team needs both of them since they could come good at no time. They have to take this risk.

    Unfortunately, the bowlers did not perform to take 20 wickets. This is a major problem. When their spinners get the rewards why can't we. In fact we could play spin better than them whereas they are doing well now and we are not. Probably Piyush may do some magic in the last test. Let us hope for the best.

    Ashwin is more of a batsman than a bowler now which means we need an off spinner to bowl 40 overs.

  • xrocks on December 12, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    How on earth some people are still supporting Dhoni? Some even lauding his wicketkeeping and comparing with previous Indian keepers..When a team has lost 10 tests in little more than a year, it's obviously the captain's responsibility to take the blame and Dhoni's performances too were mediocre as he has failed miserably as Captain, Batsman and Keeper.Jimmy has all the rights to question Dhoni and don't forget he was the first to win us the world cup..

  • Atifkhan3489 on December 12, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    I m pakistani and i am very interested in these issues as pak is touring india after few days.the circumstances are that in present situation pakistan is better team than india and they should win odi series and t20 should b 1-1.but the capitancy solution is that dhoni had no other options.he is good captain but right now, he has no good options to replace players.in tests gambhir has not cemented his place and sehwag is rather defensive so dhoni should remain captain but non performers should b replaced by new ones team should become strong.

  • natasrik on December 12, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    If Mohinder has guts then he should speak about the front line batsman, like Sachin, Viru, Gambhir, what have they done in the last 2 yrs, almost everybody is averaging in 30's and as far as Dhoni who is a wicketkeeper batsman he has averaged almost 30. What u expect from Dhoni. Dhoni is not blocking any wicket keeper batsman and he is still the best, infact player like Sachin is blocking youngsters. In the last two yrs whatever team India has achieved, the contribution has come from players who are not icons like Sachin. So the first person to make way out of team India is Sachin.

  • sachinanddravid on December 12, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    very good article and well said what dhoni have done for India for the last one year.....he won two world cup for us..thats great as a captain...and as a batsman what was his contribution except the final against srilanka... ok then why India cant make a compact in T20 world cup after won in the inaugral.dhoni supporters need to answer... people who is asking the master to retire (or dropped from test) and supporting ms need to think one thing.sachin havnt performed well for the past two years and he is great in test cricket that he dont need to proove to anyone. but is dhoni a test material???????or what he has done in T20 (with a strike rate of 109 and so called the world best attacking batsman)...last T20 against srilanka ms took a maiden in the 16th over from a spinner and india have lost just 3wkts by that time. dhoni has to be dropped from Test and T20 immediately.he can lead india in odi only....

  • AjaySridharan on December 12, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    Mohi vs. Mahi. What a dumb suggestion to put Gambhir in charge of the Test side!! Gambhir doesn't warrant a place in the team not just based on current form, but based on the last 2 years. Amarnath has lost his mind.

  • AjaySridharan on December 12, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    These calls for drastic changes are ridiculous. Why does the media even care to go and ask for the opinions of guys that no longer in the selection committee? Why couldn't they have raised their voice when they lost in Eng and Aus? Wasn't it obvious that our problems ran a lot deeper than just the conditions or current form of the players?! You select people on the basis of their performance in IPL...what else do you expect? Amarnath could have made changes when he was in charge. Dhoni's work load was a known issue, and so was his Test prowess. Worse still, Yuvraj has done nothing over 40 Tests to prove his mettle as a Test player, even in home conditions...and you take him back in the team right after a long break. Srikkanth is the biggest idiot amongt them all. He kept doling out excuse after excuse for the loss in England and did the dumb move of naming Dravid in the ODI squad!...and he talks about a confused mind! Vengsarkar is the only sane voice in this crowd

  • on December 12, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    The selection committee does not have guts to remove Dhoni." M. Amaranath Nobody has guts to speak about Tendulkar !

  • nearlyman on December 12, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    Mohinder hasn't captained India.Not that having captained India is a prerequisite for a critical insight into the team.Certainly Bradley did not write plays or poems which can be compared to Shakespeare but his Shakespeare criticism is legendary.Besides Mohinder has a World Cup to show along with thousands of runs against genuinely quick bowlers.He was the man of the match in both the semi final and the final of the World cup in 1983.

  • on December 12, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    Couldn't agree more with the statement from Mohinder Amarnath.

  • subbass on December 12, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    if Ohija has the cricket brain I'd make him skipper, but what do I know, lol I'm an England fan. Imo Dohni should stay as ODI/T-20 skipper incidentally. Mind you, I do feel sorry for Dohni, been skipper of all formats takes strong shoulders. So I guess irrespective of my Knowledge of Indian cricket that at least deserves strong respect.

  • on December 12, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    West Indies Fan---The thing about Indian cricket is that the people are quick to point fingers at player the moment they fail...this is wrong. Donhi done alot for India and he should be given the time to leave on a high note and not be SACKED. This is the reason y India cricket been sufferring and it will continue to suffer because past players say too much dumb crap.

  • killbillgbu on December 12, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    Gambhir captain instead of Dhoni!! What a Joke!! Let Gambhir focus on keeping his place in the side! Why do these Ex-selectors talk so much now? Why did they not do anything after England and Australia tours!! Despicable indeed

  • on December 12, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    Thanks you Mr Amarnath for your honesty. You won India the world cup in 1983 and have been aggressive as always and you hit nail on the head. Kohli for ODIs and Gambhir for Tests is best. Dhoni needs to get back to his stress free self and perform aggressiveley and freely.

  • sharidas on December 12, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    I am a fan of Dhoni, but have to admit that the dynamism he shows in One day and Twenty/20 is missing when he captains the team in tests. It certainly is not Dhoni's fault if the selectors persist with him. I really do not see much of captaincy material in the present team, if you go by current statistics. Possibly we should follow the path South Africa took when they put a young Graeme Smith to lead.

  • Vdot on December 12, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    No former member of the selection team has the right to criticize the current panel for inaction when the same whimps couldn't get rid of deadwood when they were in charge.

  • AvidCricFan on December 12, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    People who think that SRT has given 23 years to the Indian cricket, lets not forget what he has gained from the cricket. Its not that he has sacrificed for the Indian cricket. He made millions in the process of playing cricket.

  • on December 12, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    gambhir- odi and test captain. I think if he is given a leadership role, he will play better and prove his worth in the team.

  • Geoseven on December 12, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    This is surreal. Gambhir is so fearful of the England bowling that he invariably either causes a run out avoiding strike or gets caught playing nervy, loose shots. Kohli can't go 3 balls without hitting one in the air, Dhoni (series average: 18.4) comes out at a critical juncture and slogs the first ball he faces....and what is the response? We drop Harbhajan and Zaheer who have more than 700 test wickets combined and we keep the brainless Kohli, the heartless Dhoni and the cowardly Ghambir??!! We aren't in Kansas any more, Toto!

  • on December 12, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    Out with Dhoni, SRT, Ishant, Gambhir!! They have not done anything in the past year!! How come the greats in Australia, South Africa & England are thrown out if they are non performers to India carry the baggage of SUPER STARS who cannot be touched even after non performing after April 2011!! Just crazy!!

  • Capt.Harry on December 12, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    Come on guys.. you all are behaving like a bunch of jokers.. it is just a cricket game. At present India is going thru a bad patch. The series is only 2-1 down not 4-nil. Man cricket is like life one day you are up the next day you are down..deal with it and stop thinking about making drastic changes. if you do you will end up like Pakistan chopping and changing every match and you will end up with a team full of captains with everyone wanting to be a boss that has been Pakistan problem ever since Imran Khan's departure.Give MS Dhoni his time and you will see rewards.. India's problem has always been mental.It is a trait built in our genes historically.As long as india can conquer that and concentrate and bat for long periods (like Shiv Chanderpaul does)they will perform better..Patience guys patience..Rome was not built on one series.....

  • ak_dragon on December 12, 2012, 1:32 GMT

    Its IPL who is destroying Test Cricket in India, thats why it stop producing great batsman like Dravid, Ganguly,Laxman & etc.

  • on December 12, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    The unfortunate fact is that,for whatever reason,the Indian team is carrying around three millstones around their neck in the form of Tendulkar,Dhoni and Gambhir.Given their seniority in the team, it is understandable that they have been given a long rope. The time has come, however, to snip the rope off, as Team India cannot afford to carry passengers in the team any longer.Apart from the humiliation suffered on home turf, the time has certainly come for the Selectors to look ahead and the future should most certainly NOT involve the three named above.Here's hoping that the Selectors show more gumption.

  • on December 12, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    The problem is we do not even have a replacement for captain. Gambhir is in the same boat as Dhoni is, struggling to make runs. Virat Kohli is too young for the job. Do we have any options? Dhoni is lucky even when he is losing.

  • m1991vicky on December 12, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    Mr.Mohi: If Dhoni has not done anything in the past one year, then what on earth has Gambhir done for the past two years to be made the Test captain???? Are you serious??? This selfish cricketer doesn't even deserve a place in the Indian test team...... Bring in Abinav Mukund or Rahane.....

  • zarasochozarasamjho on December 12, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    Selection should be ONLY on current performance - period. Say the last 10 matches rolling figures should be used as the prime basis. Pure, simple, & most importantly effective. No need for reputation, nepotism, complication, and opaqueness as none of these help batsmen to score runs, bowlers to take wickets, and fielders to take catches and do good ground fielding. Like I said, PURE, SIMPLE, & EFFECTIVE.

  • BullayBaaz on December 12, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    @Badur Navaz - you and I and the whole public is commenting - we are not even criceters - just on that basis, Jimmy, is way more qualified than everyone here to provide a perspective. Also, get your facts right - Jimmy was on the 1983 WC winning team. Not only that, he was a major contributor in both the semi-final and final (see link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India_at_the_Cricket_World_Cup#India_at_the_1983_World_Cup ).

    Number of others have commented as to the problem - well its clear there is not one. Yes, BCCI is a mess - political, corrupt, inept, yada yada yada. So what's new? It has always been so for at least the last 40 years, perhaps more. Is it time for SRT to go or not - it is a great question but the failure of this current series can't just be laid at his feet. The bowlers, the wickets, the strategy, captain's tactics - all are to blame. But mostly its too much money, no professionalism, too much cricket, not enough long-form cricket.

  • Vish.Madishetty on December 12, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    Mr. Amarnath Sir BRAVO!!! you are on the Target, Indian team need Drastic changes for sure:

    1) Dhoni should REMOVED FROM all formats of Cricket (He is only eligible for IPL) and try new young Keeper (every keeper in India is better than Mr. Cool :-) :-) Dhoni is BIG JOKE, he do not have style, he is NOT BATSMAN, he is just a PINCH HITTER and he got LUCKY until 2010) He Bats with tale ender and 20odd runs and remains not out to make his Average look Good, this does not help TEAM...

    2) Virat should be the Captain.

    3) We need to GROOM Young Indian Players for next World CUP/Test Matches with the help of Seniors before they retire:

    4) We need to give couple more chances to Rohit he is a good Player (I know he is going through Bad Patch).

    5) 16 Players for Future Test Matches are below: 1)Shewag, 2)Gambhir, 3)Pujara, 4)Sachin, 5)Virat, 6)Jadeja, 7) Irfan, 8)Ashwin, 9)Karthik/Saha, 10)Ojha, 11) Umesh, 12)Rohit, 13)Awana, 14)Chand, 15)Aparjeet & 16)Zaheer.

  • IndiaGoats on December 12, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    @Badur: For your information, Jimmy was the vice captain of India's first world cup winning team and MoM in the world cup semis and finals.

  • dinesh-dk on December 12, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    Sacking dhoni wont address the real issues.Its is not dhoni's fault alone for tis pathetic condition.Its collective mistake of the selectors,the senior players and the board.They all failed to plan the future of indian cricket,they were all juz livin in the past laurels and assumed that thing will same always.Failure in phasing out sachin,vvs and dravid is the main reason behind this.If they had planned it properly things could have different

  • on December 12, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    I totally agree - there needs to be drastic actions.

    (a) Dhoni has no place in the team. However, BCCI has failed in the transition plan to get the next captain ready. (b) When newcomers have been given an opportunity, they have not been groomed and given enough time to perform (c) Besides Dhoni, it is time for some more folks to go - Sachin and Sehwag have to let go. (d) There have to drastically different teams for the 3 formats of the games (e) Reduce the workload on the players - of course, means less money to them

    Look what Pakistan has done - dropped Afridi from the format he is best suited for - ODI.

    BCCI has to take such moves. It is great for Dravid to talk from the sidelines. He has to take active role with BCCI to assist in reversing the situation.

  • on December 12, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    where were these selecters when India lost 8-0 abroad... what changes did they made when Indadia lost 8-0.....nothing!!! Now when they got thrown out of selecting pannel they want changes??

  • on December 12, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    Mohinder Amarnath is absolutely right. (Just as he was in his playing days, when he referred to the selectors as 'a bunch of jokers.') As for what Dhoni has done lately, he's lost ten Tests out of eleven, that's what. Wriddhiman Saha is a better wicketkeeper and just as good a batsman, and should take over behind the stumps in the Test side. Gambhir should captain.

    It's funny to see some readers comparing Mohinder Amarnath unfavorably with Dhoni, and questioning his right to be critical. Amarnath, in his day, was one of the world's best batsmen against pace bowling. (Imran said so, the West Indians said so.) There isn't one batsman of that class in the present Indian side.

  • Feroz9700 on December 12, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    Dhoni is one of the best captains India has had. The actual reason why India lost the previous 2 test matches was that England players r in the form of there life be it Batting, bowling or fielding. The players that played for India in the 2 test matches that India lost r the best who have proved themselves and how on Earth do u expect some newcomer to bat or bowl like Zaheer, Harbhajan, Dhoni or Viru. They will sometimes fail to deliver but at-least wait till this series is over before raising fingers. I'm sure India will win the Nagpur test but not sure if it is a seaming track then without Zaheer it will be tough.

  • Ravishankara on December 12, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    Scale down IPL. Develop good bowlers. We will see a sustainable improvement in Indian Cricket.

  • pranay_bangalore on December 12, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    Well said Amarnath!!. As much as i sympathize with this fella for having a rough hand from BCCI, i strongly object to his comments. Well ... grapes are always sour. He has never commented about any captains or players before , all in the mighty hope that one day BCCI will reward him with a chief selector or any other prestige post. But now that he realized he is never going to get one, thanks to recent selectors selection, he is going all blazing guns and venting his frustration everywhere...

    Dhoni for god sake come at 7 or 8 sometimes to bat and mostly bat with you-know-who . Comparing his stats to those who come at the top and saying he isn't performing is unfair. He for sure deserves a whack on his back or may be relieve him from test captaincy but questioning "What has he done"? shows Mr Amarnath's suppressed anguish coming out and nothing else.GG with all his attitude wont even make a good captain for Delhi, forget India.I can only see Kohli,if at all test need a new captain

  • on December 12, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    Mohinder Amaranath has the moral right to say what he says, though you may not agree with some of his suggestions. Favouring Gauti for Captaincy, for example. Gauti's temper was always a problem. His tendency to run out partners, due to his selfishness makes it worse. He used to be a good fielder. His lackadaisical moves on the field, now a days looks questionable. If he doesn't like a Captain, he should not show it on the field, That is not the sin of of a team man. By the way, has any one kept a count of the number of runs ( and boundaries ) leaked by Gaouti & Zak together in this series? You will get a shock. Srikkant has no business to act holier than though now -- his biases in selection were highly obstinate, and questionable. He had favoured players belonging to 2 IPL owners. Now, he is NOT the ambassador of one. Not a selector either. Had never known to be Sandip Patil's friend either. So, can blabber even worse than in the past. Patil himself has destoyed his past image! Sad!

  • on December 12, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    When K.Srikant was chairman of selection committee not long ago, he advocated against drastic changes when we lost 2 test series away from home. But the same person is talking otherwise. This is nothing but hypocrisy. MSD should continue to play in all formats but I tend to agree with Saurav that split captaincy would be ideal for MSD as he is also the keeper in all formats. He is very good in ODI & T20 and he should continue to lead the team while it may be better for Virat Kohli to take over the test part as this may help him mature and play longer version with more patience.

  • 281vvs on December 11, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    @Badur Nawaz- dhoni is a fabulous ODI player but not test class and devoid of ideas at that level. Defending him regardless of results in nonsensical and people especially the great Mohinder Amarnath are entitled to give their opinions for the betterment of Indian cricket. Please do though check your facts before criticising Jimmy the greatest Indian player of fast bowling during Imran and the Windies pace quarters peak and winner of the the man of the match in both the semi final and final of the 1983 wc.

  • jmcilhinney on December 11, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    It seems a bit hypocritical for these former selectors to come out and criticise others so heavily when they themselves seem to have been unwilling to make changes during their tenure. That said, if Armanath was sacked for going against the BCCI, maybe the selectors' hands are tied to some degree. Also, while some could still bury their head in the sand while the team was at least winning at home, even that refuge has been ripped away during this current series. As for selection, I'm not convinced that Dhoni is doing anything for the Test side. I do think that he still has value as both a player and captain in both limited-overs formats though.

  • on December 11, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    why blame the captain every time the team fails? While it has to be accepted that MSD has not performed as much as he could have potentially contributed in test cricket, we also need to look at the roles he has been playing as captain and wicket keeper. Rightly so, it is now quite timely to consider a change in captaincy. but while doing this, dont look at seniority beacause number of years spent playing and past record doesn't mean anything if one is not performing.

    The more pertinent question is about the WHITE ELEPHANTS of Indian Cricket. In the name of inspiration, keeping them is eating on the opportunities of building a strong Indian team and the potential young players are missing out. I m just a fan and plead for change in Indian Cricket right from the way you think.

  • nyc_missile on December 11, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    So the only sane man with the right intent was sacked due to this huh? He is absolutely right..Dhoni as a WK/batsman does NOT merit a place in the TEST side leave aside captain.He might be devastating in ODIs and so can continue for a while in that format.Anyone who disagrees with Amarnath is either not following Indian cricket for the last 1.5 yrs or not a well-wisher of Ind cricket.Period.

  • Natraja on December 11, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    No wonder BCCI had offered Mohinder Amarnath a slogan coach who will work with audience and teach them to invent slogans during games. He is good for only that.

    People are forgetting that Dhoni is a wicket keeper ( who holds all wicket keeping records in India) and justifies his selection only on that. His batting and captaining is bonus. People should remember this. Making run is a job od specialist batsmen and then all rounders, wicket keepers and bowlers contribute a bit.

  • on December 11, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    when things are not going well you silly season steps in with all kinds of extreme comments. dhoni's track record is good and while he may have struggled recently all tems and captains experience highs and lows. if for the sake of argument dhoni is removed as captain someone is suggesting gambhir . is he strulgging with the bat as well? and is his place on the team that secure?

  • RobTay14 on December 11, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    Mmm didn't Dhoni just get a fighting half century in the last match? I'm not saying that is great, but it is something. In short format no, he definitely should't go, but maybe in tests the questions should be asked, except I dunno if there is a better replacement for him.

  • La_Bangla on December 11, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    I think Amarnath is precisely right on with his thoughts. He is very clear that he is talking about test cricket only and Dhoni is not fit for test cricket. He has comprehensively failed as Test Batsman over the last two years and his wicket keeping is average at best. India also has few who're resting on the past accomplishment, affecting overall performance of the team. @Ash Habib-why bring limited overs in question as the man already said that Dhoni is ok in the limted overs games.

  • char160 on December 11, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    Indian selectors need to establish a stringent criteria with no exceptions for selecting someone in tests (past or present god status does not count). A minimum number of domestic or county games. good fielding skills, commitment in the field and off the field, for example keeping away from Bollywood distractions. Every cricketer has to earn their place and justify it based on present records. I don't think as fans we should tolerate anything less.

  • RogerC on December 11, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    Both Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir are not performing consistently. Adding captaincy can pressurise them further.

  • on December 11, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    @ Badur Navaz: I foyu have the slightest of idea what real cricket is then I must tell you Mohinder Amarnath was a much better test cricketer than MS Dhoni....a batting average of 42 in 1980s should be considered far better than Dhoni's 37 in today's cricket....cricket is a batsman's game now thanks to limitations on bowlers, smaller grounds, broader bats and no quality fast bowlers around. Yes Dhoni is a handy cricketer as he keeps the wickets as well.....understand the point that Test Cricket is real cricket, if someone doesn't perform, he shouldn't be judged by his height, popularity or power as a sportsman. Indian test team is not Dhoni's property.

  • on December 11, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    From a English point of view, Indian cricket seems to have many problem at the moment but just blaming Dhoni is wrong. The selecters need to get India to reform their game at home to try and hope get the international ability up. India have great players but they are aging fast now.

    I believe that the domestic leagues in India don't reward wins enough so prehaps that could be a start. (don't know if that is current so don't blame me if not)

  • D-Ascendant on December 11, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    It's interesting that neither Jimmy nor Srikkanth had the guts tor raise their voices when they were in the job. It's only after they've left that they've found the willingness to speak up.

  • RameshRayaprolu on December 11, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    There is abundant talent in most of the players in current team. But fact is that all of them do not enjoy playing TEST cricket. Key is to cultivate this habit in the team, and make them feel responsible. if they dont play IPLs and other t20/ODI series for the next 2 years and keep playing test cricket, then there is a chance for improvement.

    There is no bowling team in India, so, selectors first have to start searching for better test bowlers.

    As someone said, MSD is a decent wicket keeper batsman and I don't think we must lose him in any format of the game. However, changing captain for test team is a good idea.

    Per MSD's comments after previous game, if he thinks that he is challenged to perform, let him show his captaincy in the next test match (I am sure ENG is going to win that too...). After that, he himself will quit :) !!

  • on December 11, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    i am a pakistani ... but do these guys even know what they r talking about .... what is it tht dhoni hasn't done for india ... he won worldcup, T20 worldcup ... other then him no one else has won a shit for india since 1983 worldcup ... i respect dhoni alot n he is the only guy tht looks standing right now in this weak indian team .. its just other players not performing at all + zero bowling ... what can dhoni do about it !! dhoni is a blessing for u guys who can handle any team in any condition ... so just respect him

  • balajik1968 on December 11, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    Badur Navaz, you don't know Amarnath's record. He was Man of the Match in the semis and the finals of the 1983 World Cup, which India won. He was arguably the best player of pace in India in the 80's. If the selectors had not played around with his career, he would have played more tests for India. As for his ODI average, India did not play much ODI cricket in his time, so that's no big deal. Coming to Dhoni, the basic question is would he have kept his place if he were not captain. The answer is no, and that is what Amarnath is talking about. He is still a good ODI captain and batsman, but both his test record and his 20-20 strike rate are poor over the last 18 months. BTW Narayan Subramanian, Gilly and Healy had excellent Test keeping records which was why they were in the Australian team in the first place, they would have been sacked if their keeping was poor. Test of keeping is not the catches, it is the byes conceded, Dhoni has conceded too many.

  • TRAM on December 11, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    The next captain should be: 1. in good enough "current form" to be in the playing XI, and working hard. 2. Level headed , unemotional, sensible, 3. be a good team guy, be good friend with others and motivator 4. have good knowledge / psychology of batting, bowling and fielding 5. good communication skills with other players as well as media. 6. confident but NOT arrogant. Of the available players in this 15, only Ashwin fits close, though not the perfect fit (only due to his slow out-fielding). Outside of this 15 member squad, I dont see many with experience. Not to think I support Chennai players, but DKarthik and Badri are the top with above captaincy criteria. (Honestly I rate LBalaji as even better captain based on his courageous 4th innings chases in Ranji matches last year, but he drops out of 15 due to his current skill level). All these 3 are experienced international level, have captained their state & zones and have seen their ups and downs in their career.

  • hhillbumper on December 11, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    dont worry the new cricket season starts soon.What will be the excuses for this one.In England it was bouncy pitches and same in Aus.so what will be the issue given this time. I know too much playing at home? How about the fact you are just crap at cricket

  • sinhasurajit on December 11, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    Dhoni is the best wicketkeeper batsman we have. He has given us worldcup, T20 worldcup. Till last couple of series he was the best captain after Ganguli. Ganguli had Dravid, Laxman, inform Tendulkar, Kumble and inform Harbhajan. Dhoni at present got hardly anybody playing well. Sewagh tried to raise conflict in Australia. Sewagh is a senior player, he need to do what he says - patience and play some good innings or else should be kicked out. Spilt captancy is not bad without causing controversy. If somebody says Dhoni has done nothing he is the greatest fool in the earth. It is time to rebuld the team and t will take little time and support.

  • on December 11, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    "Dhoni doesn't find a place in the team," Amarnath said. "What has he done for the team in the last one year? The selection committee does not have guts to remove Dhoni." Jimmy, It will wise if you keep your advise to yourself.

  • InsideHedge on December 11, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    @Badur Navaz: You speak ill of a man (Mohinder Amarnath) who was a true great in Indian cricket. As he said himself, he doesn't have anything against Dhoni personally, the charges against Dhoni are valid. In a very short space of time, we've lost 10 Test matches, and the latest 2 defeats are just the beginning of losses at home. I've written elsewhere that we should brace ourselves, it will get worse before it gets better. The replacements are awful, but we cannot continue with the present rot. 1st Step: Acknowledge we have problems. And we don't need former players such as Srikkanth to tell us, many of the issues we currently face began during his spineless tenure.

  • on December 11, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    It was Mohinder amarnaths performance in sfs and finals of 1983 world cup that India won its first real thing in alien conditions.So b4 u speak do ur research. i dont mind dhoni in oneday n t20 but he doesnt deserve to be in test so forget about test captaincy.and it not Mr. MOHI ITS MOHINDER but i am sure u have injuries with ur fingers. zaheer has rightly been taken out alongwith bhajji n yuvi. i wud have patience with sachin coz hes done a lot and i m sure the end is near so just enjoy watever is left. i prdict his last series to be against aussies in india.

  • InsideHedge on December 11, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    I'm surprised no-one has taken Srikkanth to task. Has there ever been a bigger hypocrite in the world of selectors? As for his playing career (that's "carrier" for all my Indian friends), I always thought he was vastly overrated.

  • Maxyboy_123 on December 11, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    You only have to look at other countries to see its unsustainable to have a captain over all three formats of the game. I would rest Dhoni. He could still have a lot to offer, but not by playing as much cricket as he does. The other option would be to give the gloves to somebody else, it could revitalise him? He couldn't do much worse than the rest of the batting line up.

  • omarzahoor on December 11, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    Guys, This won't even be a topic of concern after the Pakistan series. India is going to trash Pakistan, atleast in the ODI's and people will forget all about the England series.

  • itsthewayuplay on December 11, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    The whole of Indian cricket needs change startung from the grass roots, the structure, the way players are coached, bowlers are taught to look after themselves, preparing a variety of pitches - some favouring batsmen others favouring bowlers and sporting wickets where bowlers have to work for their wickets and bowlers work for their runs. Consistent performances in a domestic competition in India or abroad should be rewarded with an team place which should be a stepping stone to full international team. A quick win is to ensure that Test match cricket is the pinnacle for Indian cricketers is to ensure it is more well remunerated than the IPL.

  • on December 11, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    @Narayan Subramanian: When Ganguly took the captaincy Dravid and VVS are not legends. They too started their career. Kumble, Srinath and Sachin were the experienced player at that time. Bhajji too started his career. He built the team.

    Ganguly groomed the team, he united the team and he filled the gap between the youngsters and seniors. When Kumble hand over the captaincy India were in No 3 Rankings and Australia started to loose matches. Infact Dhoni had better team than Ganguly. Under Dhoni we had three batting legends and two experienced blowers

    Dhoni is not good at the test cricket, that is the fact, Pls see the stats.

  • yogi.s on December 11, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    All these selectors who had the job till september and did not do anything to change the team after the overseas drubbings do not have a right to call for dhoni's head now.They cite "internal reasons" for not doing so but it is simply not acceptable. Even if we assume they had their hands tied regarding dhoni what did they do about all the other players? Even now just axing dhoni alone wont improve results.Simply put they lacked any vision at all. The players in this team more or less picked themselves and there were hardly any "decisions" they had to take until England last year.When they were required to take decisions they just failed. The present crisis was always a disaster waiting to happen bcoz of their policies and now they come out talking passionately about what needs to be done. Utter hypocrisy!! Cricinfo please publish the comment.

  • yogi.s on December 11, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    I am a big dhoni fan but a bigger Indian cricket fan. I too feel dhoni has to be replaced in test matches, as a player and as a captain period. The obvious question is of replacements and kohli or gambhir are the only options and saha and karthik are the wicket keeping options. It is better to give a chance to others when a player is not performing for so long. I think partly because of IPL and partly because of the Indian public's enchantment with individual heroes some of they players have become bigger than the game itself and that is affecting the decisions.

  • on December 11, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    The fact of the matter is Indian bowlers can't take 20 wickets in a test match. How many times have they bowled out a QUALITY side twice in the last 2-3 years before being hammered all around the park? I can't remember any such performance. And it has always been that way. We never have been a bowling side. We have always relied on batsmen to win us games. Our worst nightmares have been realized over the past 2 years when we have played England and Australia and our batsmen failed too!

    Dhoni NEVER has performed in the TESTS anyway. He is still India's best ODI batsman without a doubt though. Like Ganguly said in one of his recent columns, Indian Cricket wants a groomed cricketer to take over the captaincy from dhoni in Tests, when he or Dhoni himself weren't groomed as future leaders, but have been enormously successful in their times.

    The patch that Indian team is going through is depressing as a TRUE fan, but at the same time I want my team to life themselves up!

  • TRAM on December 11, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    What this proves is: The selectors have no real power in selecting the team. Neither in the past nor in the present. So the question is WHO really has the power. For sure, Dhoni is one (among others) who has the power since he brings his favorite players (RJadeja (bought for millions for CSK whatever that deal is) , RPSingh, ParthivPatel (in IPL) etc). There has to be others who also have power in the selection since there are some players who got chance after chance. NSrinivasan could be one, but then Badri is never getting ANY chance, so I am not sure whats going on. Srikkanth's selection team DID bring youngsters. But they dropped them without giving them as many chances as they gave to RSharma/Jadeja. Basically Mukund/Badri/DKarthik/ etc where simply made scape goats fill in gaps. DKarthik, though the number of chances may be high they were all as openers, which he never was. And DKarthik is one of the VERY FEW Indians who succeeded in Aus pitches. Does any one care?

  • johnathonjosephs on December 11, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    Dhoni is not great for Tests, but you can't drop him from the ODI/T20 team because he is king at those formats. In tests, he only gets centuries on flat pitches

  • jiten27 on December 11, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    zaheer khan is not as good as before. try umesh yadav,balaji, there one of the good one ms gony there r few of them . yuvraj is not worth it. so may test is playing and not a good at all . ashwin much better than yuvi./ i think we should bring parthiv patel instead of dhoni. captain should be virat kohli sehwag is ok , he does his job bowlers get scared to bowling him they dont know when he is going to hit four. lets talk about sachin. he is very good but he should bat freely . sholdnot worry about that he getting out. come out from the kris and smack the ball to boundart like sehwag. should boom boom nowa days bowler is swinging and they know how to turn so come out get the ball where exactly ball pich close to ball where its land and smack it dont worry about stumping

  • Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on December 11, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    The problem is that it is difficult to find a replacement. Kohli,Veeru & Gambhir aren't assured of a place. None of the bowlers are sure shot either.

    Dhoni still remains a good choice as captain. Other options could be Ashwin or Gambhir provided he plays well and secures his place. If Ashwin can play as an all rounder his place is assured in the team in all conditions.

    Ashwin is not a bad choice as captain . He will be a thinking captain.

  • itsthewayuplay on December 11, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Even Tamim Iqbal of Bangladesh understands that the more he you play the better you get. Ergo give opportunites to younger players the better they'll get. Sehwag, Gambhir and Tendulkar have had plenty of opportunities and it seems the more they play the wrse it gets. Its now time for them to go back to Ranji, work on their game and earn their place in the squad again if they so wish. They and the new players must understand the motivating power of being dropped.

  • AKP77 on December 11, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    India has no better option than Dhoni as Wk and even Captain

    Do not want to burden higher order batsmen with captaincy, like Dravid they will drop their averages and finally drop out from Cap job.

    Do not have even one bowler whose place is assured in the side.

    Dhoni could have done better with the bat. Is good as a Wk. India is losing not because of him but our bowlers cannot bowl the teams out and our batsmen play Test as if on ODI mode.

    When Panesar and Swann were turning then Ashwin and Ojha were finding ways how to. Can't blame Dhoni for it. Anderson was reversing and Zaheer was not. How is Dhoni to blame for that? Team needs to take time when batting and hit only loose balls.

  • Chris_P on December 11, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    Umm, this former selector should have been making the less than drastic changes years ago rather than wait until the Titanic had already hit the iceberg. Selectors need to be pro active thoughtful processors, not reactive panic merchants.

  • Raj12345 on December 11, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    Some players are struggling with injuries. We do not have strong replacements for these players - this is irresponsible statement. You don't have cut to remove those that is truth. better leave as a selector.

  • Nampally on December 11, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    It is shocking to see the stupidity of 2 Ex-Selectors who were in the Last Panel! They are chopping the very branch on which they are standing. What is worse, Srikant (Ex-Chairman) is asking the guys to stand up & be counted when he never did- after 8-0 whitewash in England/Australia Test series. Srikant selected Indian squad with at least 4 injured or physically unfit guys for the England tour only to bring them back with attrocious replacements.He picked Rahul Sharma to be the lead leg spinner but betwn. Srikant & Dhoni, Rahul was benched at least 20 times & the new Selectors totally discarded him now.Tiwary, Rahane, Aaron, Saha, Mukund are some other guys(+ host of other names) who met the similar treatment.Present Selectors have started even worse - No change in squad after hammering they took in Mumbai Test + picking guys with zero performance, in the squad. Indian Fans have been hammering the need for Form,Fitness & Performance as the basis for Selection but ignored - Sad show!

  • luvcricket_new_gen on December 11, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Yes MSD should be dropped as he has been stubborn in team selections and lack of aggression. But the challenge is his replacement as a captain. None really out there right now. However, there is no point in retaining him. The best available choice is Kohli though he has not established his place first in the side. Tough times and actually frustrating times. Sachin and MSD should leave to at least inject some new blood and save the frustrations of the fans

  • CricketFanInLosAngles on December 11, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    The writing was on the wall. The selectors did not read it. And the former selectors are reading it wrong too. It is not that Dhoni's captaincy was bad. He did have a good pool of players to pick from. Some are old, some are out of form, some are untested, some are not of the quality needed for tests (both batsmen and bowlers). Kohli is definitely not ready for captaincy. First he has to prove that he is a test batsmen. He needs to improve on patience and playing long innings for long term. Gambhir is not qualified for test captaincy. He has serious flaws on non-sub-continent pitches.

    What's needed is good players, not a new captain.

  • Munafis810 on December 11, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    I played only college level cricket and even I can tell that wholesale changes are required and now these so called ex players wakeup for need to change. These changes were required long ago, as long as 6 months back . Dhoni's workload since 2007 T20 Worldcup has been so much it was bound to take toll on his performance as well his innovation in terms of his decision on field as well off field and he seems muddled.As a result, Dhoni the ferocious striker of the ball has been lost. We need that Dhoni. If the solution is different captains for Tests and differentone for T20/ODI so be it. Make Dhoni captain for T20/ODI and he is good to go till 2015 worldcup. For tests we will have to be innovative and like South Africa made Smith captain at young age lets make Kohli captain. Give him young test match quality players like Pujara ,Rahane, Aparajith, Mandeep , Rohit ,Hiken Shah etc . What is worse that can happen ? We will loose few test series at most. We are loosing them by dozen anyway

  • ranjeetc on December 11, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    Try finding a good Keeper/batsman from our current young crop of players as well as old. Our cricketing establishment isn't really producing quality players like Australia does to dump good or mediocre players. Dhoni might not be the player of his prime, but he still is the best tactical captain India has ever produced. In the end the Captain is only as good as his players. His keeping is good if not excellent and he has been average with his batting because he has too much on his mind. Maybe they should reduce his inputs from the selection and see if selectors if given the most say in the process end up getting better results. And as much as I admire Sachin and Viru, they need to be held accountable too. Gambhir does not have leadership skills, he needs to focus on his batting.

  • on December 11, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    Mr. Mohi, it is sad that you couldnt become Mahi, look at ur stats, before u speak, at any point in time u have not crossed more than 70 tests and not more than 11 centuries and averaging only 30 in the ODIs and no titles under ur belt. Pls refrain from such comments, it makes the indian cricket much worse than adding any benefits

  • Cricster1 on December 11, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    In professional sports, when a team keeps losing games - it is fair and right to replace non performing players . But when you have one or 2 players performing here and there over a period of time and the team can only compete with the low ranking teams, the problem is a lot deeper than it looks on the surface. Under such circumstances , it is important to analyze the root cause of poor performance by a team of independent and fair-minded cricketers, fitness specialists etc and come up with a real solution . In the interim , it is important to blood new talent and give them much needed exposure . There are a lot of things Dhoni could have done differently in the test matches India lost at home and abroad - may be it is time for him to hand over captaincy to someone else and start performing as a regular player in test matches. A case can be made against most of the players in the team based on their performance over the past year or two.

  • balajeev on December 11, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    As an India fan, feel let down by the current AND the previous selection committee. What stops the current panel from making changes and what stopped the previous one? Is it because Dhoni and Srinivasan's are best pals (read CSK) ?

  • cricket-india on December 11, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    the problem with SRT worshippers is that they see the calls for him to go as an insult to him, as a backstab in return for all his glorious achievements; grow up guys. do you want SRT to stick around as an incompetent and wretched batsman falling to every tom, dick and harry bowler he would have bossed in his heyday? do you want SRT - who stood up to mcgrath, warne, akram, waqar, akhtar, pollock, donald, steyn and murali in their pomp - to be dominated by the siddles and panesars of today? will that elevate his stature in your eyes, in the eyes of posterity? kapil hobbled to 434 wkts but we remember him for his hobble as much as for his 434. why should SRT make the same mistake? a 50 here and a 50 there mean nothing; even vvs got a 66 on his last tour in oz but he's remembered for his epic failure there. bring out all the arguments everyone ever had for dravid and vvs to retire; apply them to SRT. if he ticks all the boxes dravid and vvs did, he's gotta go; as open and shut as that.

  • LeftBrain on December 11, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    Srikanth said it, really!!!

    it is not just about India can not find options out of a billion population - a good indication of the quality and talent of players generally - it is also about the fact that they can not find half a dozen honest and intelligent people out of one billion who can run cricket there.

  • hhillbumper on December 11, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Dhoni is a great captain.As long there is a lot of money on the table.He is so disinterested in test matches that the best bet is just lose him now.He is not proactive,cant catch and cant bat. So not much different then the rest. You need someone with a bit of life but all He does is play with his hair and pout for the camera.

  • on December 11, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    What has Dhoni done???? He has won two World Cups for starters. He is still every bit a prolific wicket keeper/batsman as any in the international arena and definitely the best in India. Want to play blame game then I suggest people look into BCCI and what have they done to produce and nurture quality pacers. Hosting IPL and making sloggers famous doesn't count for much in the longer formats. Spend some money in developing talents for starters namely bowlers because more than likely Bangladesh at this point can boast about having a better bowling attack. As far as the Capataincy issue I really don't see anyone who is better fitted for the job than Dhoni. Split captaincy maybe the way to go but to think Gauti will be better at leading the Indian side than Dhoni seems a bit of a stretch. India's problem is not batting or captaincy, it's the bowling which is below par and probably the worst attack India ever had.

  • reggaetone101 on December 11, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    If Dhoni has any shame he should step down as test captain. With his dismal batting form and mediocre keeping, he is never an automatic choice as a member of the test side let alone captain of the team. As a captain he has unjustly backed CSK players, such as Raina, M. Vijay and Jadejas of the world who are very ordinary players by test standards. Fortunately for Dhoni, selectors are scared to drop him because of his connection with Chennai Super Kings (read Srinivasan).

  • dock_haul on December 11, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    its sad but true that no one is having power to stop the process of decline of Indian team as they speak when they are out of the office but are helpless when they are at the helm of affairs. sad but true and its enough to prove that player power is stronger than the board itself which in turn is stronger than the governing body of the sport itself.unintentionally BCCI is holding ICC hostage and is itself unable to arm twist its own affairs and bring changes to the team which can truly make Indian team more stronger and fighting. indirectly Indian players are dictating the game itself. from neutral point of view just imagining that had there been technology , no matter how imperfect it is, in this series, India might had been leading the series right now rather than in a must win situation.that said ,credit to be given where it is due, right now England are deservingly leading the series

  • torsha on December 11, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    If this guy is talking about replacing MSD in ODIs or T20s then he just doesn't know what he is talking about but as far as tests are concerned, MSD may be replaced.

  • on December 11, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    I disagree with Jimmy. Captains head is the first one to go when a team looses a test series. It was done in the past but here you are talking about Dhoni, the wicket keeper. Please tell me which Indian keeper other batted well in Tests. Dhoni is a keeper first, hard hitting is his job and since he did it well, he succeeded in the shorter formats like Gilly and Ian Healy did. Captaincy always did damage to our former captains, be it their batting (Sachin, Ganguly, Gavaskar etc) or bowling (Kapil). Indian captains do not have the temperaments of Steve Waugh, Taylor or other greats so as to do well both in captaincy as well as their main skills.

    Sacking captains affects the team's moral, confidence and faith in their abilities. Ganguly was successful because of the batting treasure we had and with with the likes of Kumble and Bhajji, the team did well. Remember we did reach the top rankings under Dhoni.

    Give time to build a test team. Stop being a Greg Chappel.

  • YorkshirePudding on December 11, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    This is exactly what happened in the English games 20 years ago, all the public sniping, with a few 'golden' boys safe while others werent even allowed a run in the team.

  • on December 11, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    The BCCI will make 2 or 3 players (Zaheer, Dhoni, Harbajan) as well as Duncan Fletcher the scape goats for the poor poor test performance over the past 2 years, they will publicly sack them and make masses of noise in the media to try and generate a feeling that the team is moving on, all of which will continue to hide the real problem with Indian Cricket, the BCCI itself. Until they commit to a proper approach for their players for test cricket, and stop looking for easy ways to make money out of advertising, the Indian cricket team will NEVER be great again. Whilst average players can make massive amounts of money by playing well every so often in the IPL there will be no incentive for them to really develop their game in the longer format. The dirth of world class players in the Indian team at the moment is embarrassing, and it is no coincidence that this has coincided with the take off and expansion of the IPL.

  • on December 11, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    Kris Srikkanth should shut up. This mess is partly the result of his inaction post Aussie tour. What did he do to facilitate transition from the old guard? Naff all.

  • on December 11, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    its all happening in indian team because of ipl. india lacks backup team and every one is just focus to earn money in cricket.haha..thats ridiculous..

  • sangam-cricmaniac on December 11, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Gambhir has been out of form for 3 years in test matches.How can he be the next man in charge only because he led KKR to victory in IPL 5.

  • Strikeforce2007 on December 11, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    It seems easier now for Krishnamachari Srikanth to talk of change, he never did much as chairman selector, just months earlier, when team India failed miserably at Australia and at England. The inconsistency shown by him as chief selector was the very bane to the pain felt now, the team having lost valuable time in grooming youngsters if they had been chosen under him. No point hearing him talk of others retiring, when he retired from the post. Would have been better hearing him talk such, when as chairman of Selectors!

  • on December 11, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    if u sack dhoni form captaincy. i am sure that he will be droped from team with in 6 months.he is using captaincy and team wins as his armor from long time.

  • Rahulbose on December 11, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    These former players have no credibility in this regard. Has any of them stood up before to highlight the problems that IPL has created? No, they all lined up at BCCI or as commentators to collect the goodies . They are as much part of the problem as anyone else.

  • on December 11, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    i fully agree dhoni should just captain the odi and t-20 side and he shouldnt be in the test team i think kohli should be captain he will play even greater as a captain

  • cricket-is-passion on December 11, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    I don't think anyone that they were part of selection committee has right to comment on current selectors selections except Amarnath I guess since no one made any drastic changes when it was needed. Kirs never and now questioning about. When Team India lost series's in England and Aussies, selection committee chairman durng that time said it's being investigated but I never seen any report or actual cause for teh failure and nothing changed to the team during era. Atleast this selection team dropped Khan, any ways all am trying to say is if you do not have guts to remove a player based on past experience why not rotate them including keeper so it will build up enough competion between seniors and juniors and give good oppertunities for both. And this way no complains from anybody and ofcourse few folks might say other senior or junior might have been picked up for this crucial match when it's lost. So always room for critisizers.

  • Dhanno on December 11, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Srikanth is a clown. He has no right to comment about state of affairs and about taking responsibility. He was the one giving excuses while india lost in aus/ england. he was in bed with BCCI/ Srinivasan/ Chennai superflops all this time (remember his son represented them ). A real shady fellow.

    Amarnath on the other hand was kicked just for giving his opinion in selection panel (rather than rubber stamping the chosen few). He has every right to say what he likes.

    And finally me, I am paying public, so I have absolutely every right to comment as well :)

  • on December 11, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    Rishi Dhawan, Pankaj Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Stuart Binny should get the opportunity in all the formats.....

  • md4cric on December 11, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Losses are hard to take on.The Indian team is going through transition.England,WI and many other teams have gone through.Aussies are in the smae boat.Yes they're not loosing like India.Indian Selectors are not forcing BCCI to invest in coaching bowlers at under 16-19 so it relies on natural talent only.Dhoni's fault? At many time during his captaincy Ganguly didn't deserve place in 11.Not favoring Dhoni but these Formaer Selectors and Cricketers were at large when India was victorius.Is not it the time then to find weak links and get rid of them?At that time everybody talks about Chemistry of the team. Agarkar was carried on, many more we could find if we dig deep.I think it's Integrity which should stand.Make changes necessary.What a leader can do if he/she has NO or wesk resources.

  • NH777 on December 11, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    I agree with Amarnath... We need to replace Dhoni and give captaincy to Gambhir who similar to Ganguly has guts and defesive/aggressive if required...

    Replace Dhone with Parthiv Patel/Dinesh Karthik/ Saha?

    Why selectors are killing other keepers career?

  • Resultpredictor on December 11, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Do Indian selectors have power to remove Dhoni???

  • tally1983 on December 11, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    right, so these 2 guys, who did not have the guts to change things when they were in charge, want changes now??????? if they were the selectors till the world cup then fine, but the oversaw the overseas debacles since then. wat conversations did they have with the seniors and dhoni when they were in charge following these debacles???? the current selectors are the same, they saw that yuvi, bhajji and zak were the easy targets and got rid of them. gambhir has not scored an century in test cricket since a year before world cup win. split captaincy should take place after this series, with dhoni only in charge for limited overs team, as it is obvious he prefers this format. he should be replaced as keeper in tests by saha, who looks a better keeper and batsmen in this format.

  • on December 11, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    If a country with one billion population does not have options then only God can help them!

  • VivSingh on December 11, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Mohinder Amarnath thinks Gambhir should take over captaincy in Tests? In that case, whenever India tour overseas you may as well play another opener at No. 3 because he won't last more than a few overs on South African, Australian and English pitches and in New Zealand conditions. India should accept this is now, officially, a time of transition and should be braced for a period of poor results while a new generation develops. It didn't actually take the Australians that long to recover a good bowling attack after losing McGrath, Warne and Lee (look at Pattinson, Starc and Siddle). Besides, it can't be any worse than having a group of old stars who are playing very badly. Part of me wonders whether there is any truth to the rumours about Gambhir and Sehwag versus Dhoni and whether this has had a significant impact on the captaincy of a man who has been a real champion player and captain of India in the recent past.

  • pratit on December 11, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Atleast someone has the guts to tell the fact staring everyone- that Dhoni has done nothing of note in tests and should be dropped. No wonder he was removed by BCCI( read Srinivasan). BCCI only wants puppets as selectors. Any self-respecting individual should stay away from this farce.

  • ccrriicc on December 11, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Dhoni must go. Srikants and Vengsrakars have been BCCI Chamchas and contributed to "struggling with options". The selection committees have to be independent of BCCI boss influences - otherwise India shall remain India with Ravi Shastris and Gavaskars warming their pockets in the commentary booths!

  • anilkp on December 11, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    Unfortunately, this problem was anticipated by columnists and common Indian public long ago. Only that the BCCI and its people--administrators and selectors, including the now-vociferous Srikkanth and Dilip--were reluctant to foresee that problem. They chose to take comfort of the present moment. Knowing that the lone bowling legend and the batting quadrat will be gone in no time, they did not plan at all. On the basis of ridiculous triples, Patil has selected Jadeja now: indicative of the same thoughtlessness as his predecessors. No one can help Indian cricket now. Still there is time if BCCI wants to act. Get Kohli to captain the Test side, give him freedom and motivation; retain Dhoni to captain the shorter format; talk out Sachin; fill the Test side with young talents and have patience to tolerate their failures; get a "visible" coach and give him full freedom and accountability; rotate and look after all bowlers; Make juicy pitches and train all players on them rigorously.

  • atul_jajoo on December 11, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    What a bunch of hypocrites! India kept losing during their tenure. Now that they've been sacked from the post, they want drastic changes. Ask these former selectors why did they not make major changes when the team kept losing badly in all T20 WC matches after the first one.

  • Nampally on December 11, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    What did Srikant & Amarnath do when the Team lost 8-0 in England & Australia Tour? They explained it due to batting faiure - no further investigations needed! But they failed to replace Dhoni as Captain then. Now the same guys have the gall to criticise the Present Selectors. Guys, you get one chance to show your skills but with your attrocious record how foolish is it to glorify yourselves? I agree that present Selectors were insane when they had unchanged squad for Kolkatta Test after being out played in Mumbai. After losing at Kolkatta, replacing Harbhajan with equally non performing Chawla shows the level of incompetence. Why was Mishra ignored after he took 4 wkts. against England in the practice match? Why is Rahul Sharma totally discarded after grooming him for the last 2 years? Srikant & Amarnath stand up & be counted first before you ask the same of others. Accountability & Commitment is lacking at all levels- from Selectors to Captain & Players. Sad Reflection on India!

  • VickGower on December 11, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    This Amarnath is a funny guy. He makes no sense. If we are to select based on current and not past performance then Gambhir would be the last person to be captain. He does not even know how to run between wickets. At least Dhoni keeps, what exactly has Gambhir done? With the sort of run Gambhir has had in the last 3 years he should not even be in the team .What a joke. There is a very nice article on Gambhir's greatness right next to this humor piece on front page.

  • sharidas on December 11, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Change is what everyone wants, and except for a few, there are hardly any replacements available. IPL has helped a lot of cricketers, but the sad fact is that it is changing the attitude of every new player. The money is in Twenty/20. The trend will continue and within the next few years there will hardly be a player, interested in the longer format. Quality is going down in most fields and cricket is just one of them.

  • on December 11, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    1. As selectors and administrators these guys paid no attention to India's dwindling spin resources. They paid no attention to groom young spin talents. As a result, India's spinning coffers are empty at the moment. As a result, we are not a serious force in India anymore.

    2. These guys paid no attention to drawn Ranji matches. They too no initiative to create lively fast and spinning track in India from domestic matches. As a result, we have batsmen who don't have skills to play on lively fast or spinning tracks.

    3. These guys took no serious action after 4-0 loss to England. They persisted with the same team, coach and captain. India lost 4-0 to Australia, again they took no serious action.

    4. They kept carrying unfit players like Sehwag and Zaheer series after series.

    5. They made no serious action to demand better fielding and fitness from Indian players.

    6. These guys have no moral authority to speak. Once they had power to make changes; but, they did nothing of note.

  • phunny_game on December 11, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    This is rather funny... What were they doing when they were selectors. Atleast the new selectors gave a warning to people like zaheer. When these people were selectors they couldn't utter a word against the team. Especially srikkanth, he used to nod at everything dhoni said. How can he say all this... Strange!!!

  • Sumanth.G on December 11, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Why was he asked to leave the selection committee...for speaking the truth??

  • nasampath on December 11, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Dhoni's captaincy in tests may be questioned, but certainly not his place. I dont agree that there is a better replacement to him as a wicketkeeper batsman in any format.Why all of them are silent about Sachin? If Mohinder applies the same yardstick to Gambhir will he find a place in the team? If Dhoni had run out of ideas during this series, by his own acceptance Srikka has agreed that he ran out of ideas during his tenure as chairman of selection committe.By airing such views they are only revealing their colour.After all cricket pundits say a captain is as good as his team.Then why all these quipping.

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  • ashok16 on December 11, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Instead of writing columns filled with avuncular opinion, Srikkanth, Vengsarkar and Amarnath should write about what exactly went on in the selection meetings. That is about the only the thing they can contribute to Indian cricket at this time.

  • on December 11, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    1. Amarnath is from Delhi. He wants Gambhir from Delhi to lead tests and Kohli from Delhi to lead ODI. Did he forget Sehewag from Delhi to lead in T20?

    Is it just a coincidence alone or something else?

    2. Amarnath forgot to check Gambhir's performance in last 15 test matches. Based on his performance in last 15 test matches, Gambhir doesn't deserve to be part of the Indian test team.

    There are many deserving openers who have performed very well in domestic matches and deserve a fair chance. These players include - Shikhar Dhawan from Delhi, Mukund from Tamilnadu, new Jivanjot sing from Punjab and Mularli Vijay from Tamilnadu.

    Out of these only Vijay has got fair number of chances so far.

    3. None of the selectors spoke about about the performance of the coach that they picked.

  • itsthewayuplay on December 11, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    If Amarnath feels Dhoni shouldn't be in the team for non-performance over the last year, how does he feel about Tendulkar and Gambhir. His suggestion that Gambhir should replace Dhoni is akin to jumping out of the pan and into the fire. What did Amarnath do as selector? Nothing, I suspect. Struggling with replacements? No, it's called investing in the future and in any case it's hard to see new players doing worse than the current bunch. Acknowledging failures is a bit rich coming from Srikanth who failed to acknowledge to failure throughout his time as chairman. Joke comments from joke former selectors. Let's hear what they think is wrong with Indian cricket excluding the nonsense here and what they would do put it right.

  • on December 11, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    I fully endorse whar Mohinder Amarnath said about Dhoni.When his bat did not do the talking when required in the last one year or his real voice could not do anything on the team members for better performance or his on field thinking to use the part time bowlers viz.,, Sachin or Sevag who did remarkable achievements in the past, for 3 to 4 overs when other main bowlers could not succeed. These things should be looked into by the present selectors if they are really interested in selecting a right candidate for captain. Thanks to the excellent form of dravid, lakxman, sachin and others without thinking much, wins came in his way and got a name Mr Cool. India should have different captains for different formats of the game.

  • TRAM on December 11, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    If the non-performer SRT is in the team, why not Dhoni? Were these sudden brave people sleeping when they had the power in their hand?

  • tt_abhilash on December 11, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Dhoni atleast for a 50 in last match.. wat did Kohli done in this series.. All of them want to sack Sachin and Dhoni.. What is it like that?

  • PratUSA on December 11, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Srikanth is funny. A case of saying one thing and doing something completely different. Amarnath may have been the voice that was in minority in last selection panel. But for him to say Gambhir should be captain while he shouldn't even be in team undermines his wisdom as well. We actually need a selection panel completely comprised of non-Indians.

  • whippingBails on December 11, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Gautam Ghambhir doesn't deserve a place in the team either, how can Jimmy recommend him to be the captain is mind boggling..Jimmy you too have become a joker.

  • cricket_lover1 on December 11, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Pathetic comments by Dilip Vengsarkar and Kris Srikkanth..so we don't have good 11 cricket players to play at the international level replacing the current non performing players...Its a shame...do BCCI needs to look up why we can't find STRONG REPLACEMENTS...do somebody need to lookup the domestic cricket structure in the country...South Africa, Australia, England, Pakistan, Srilanka...they always have good crop of players to replace the out of form players...why is that? do they have some magic factory?...Please stop giving statements like this and do some concrete work...

  • Nutcutlet on December 11, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Can anyone tell me how the BCCI is run? I genuinely would like to know! Who is able to put forward members of the executive? Is there a subsequent ballot? Is there a financial 'entry fee'? It appears to many people to be a highly exclusive organization with no ready lines of communication to the media or the fans. However it's run, if they are genuinely concerned about the state of Indian cricket, let's hope that they do log on to cricinfo sometimes to get a sense of what's going on outside beyond their ivory tower! One thing is for sure - it's an all-powerful body, able to prevent even humble curators from speaking (this is unheard of anywhere else in the free cricketing world). And with great & unchecked power, comes great responsibility: to uphold the good name of Indian cricket; to establish a set-up to produce a national team that gives a feel good to the uncountable fans of India, and, I have the temerity to suggest, to explain matters when they are not as they should be.

  • shahzaibq on December 11, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Oh so now that the responsibility has shifted, the blame game starts! These critics are the ones who did nothing when India was losing eight straight Tests abroad... And now they say that conditions do not matter? What was their excuse then? Oh yeah, that our batters were not used to fast, bouncy pitches! BCCI, it's employees and Team India have started to seem very sore losers! Excuses throughout! All the players saying that we will see how they play in Indian conditions should shut up now! And the horrendous commercial about 'Angraizon ki pungi bajana'? This might just be a nationwide epidemic! Tackle the issue, instead of talking about it! Drop the spent forces, blood young talent. Dropping Zak was a good first step! Taking Dhoni out of the selection process would be an even better second one! And Chawla? That selection deserves an inquiry, if nothing else! And I'm speechless about Fletcher! What was the BCCI thinking???

  • on December 11, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Hopefully they will wait for another home defeat on our soil before they sack Doni, as a matter of fact I do not like him and he deserves some rest as captain in all forms of the game.

  • BustIPL on December 11, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    Indian selectors dont want to field new players in front of this strong english team and will like to try them against weaker teams to avoid further heat from public. Also, Gambhir, Kohli are not captaincy material as they are really arrogant people. Dhoni should remain the captain. An fast bowling allrounder should be included in the team and given long term captainy of the test side. He will be able to gel together both bowling and batting department around him. Even a new face can be tried.

  • njr1330 on December 11, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Have just noticed a guy called Yashpal Singh playing for Services. Scored 166 not out, then bowled 14 overs 6 maidens 4 for 12...he has a 1st class average of 55, acquired over a decade! ... How can you average 55 and keep it up for 10 years, but never get a sniff of the national side?! ... Only in India!

  • BustIPL on December 11, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    I hope the selectors are not drunk. Dhoni is the only real talent that India got for sometime now and he wants to make indian team a good one. He is certainly confused whether to make turning or flat track. How do deal wth non performing seniors while board adminstration is reluctant to take an action. It will be a foolish thing to remove Dhoni as he can be the one who can realize a team of the future. Board has to help him rather than making him a escape goat. Look at Sammy who is a mediocre player himself but is supported by the board to try different combinations. Former selectors think they have the team which is number in the world and just because of Dhoni is sliding to the bottom of the table. Actually, these players want to play just T-20 to earn quick money and avoid the fatigue of test cricket. Other seniors are involved in their own businesses where lot of personal interests are involved so they cannot be dropped.

  • KarmatBaig on December 11, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Srikkanth is a joker, look now he is criticizing another selection committee whereas he himself did not had the guts to listen to criticism. Amarnath should have been made Chairman of the selection committee instead of Patil.

  • Nish_US on December 11, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Touted as the next chairman of the selection committee, I hoped that Amarnath would show some guts to revive Test cricket. He should have played softball until he got into the position, but may be he never understood the Indian politics and tried things a bit early, before he had all the power.

  • on December 11, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    it is very strange that Mr Amarnath is asking the question and questionning the credibility of dhoni : "What has he done for the team in the last one year? '' so here is my question to you Mr amarnath : what have you done to improve our team for the last one year as a selection committee member? increase the cricketing schedule of our Team? can't believe that Srikanth is saying that Dhoni has lost control !? i mean come on where were you mr srikanth when laxman and dravid announced their retirement right before crucial series of this year ? off course you would have thought that they can't bat anymore by the way you were very lucky to survive as a batsman at your time during the world cup in 70s i watched all the matches and mind you ....you were way below standards comparing modern legends. Take a break guys ! every team has its bad phase so does the Indian cricket team. Accept the fact and move on and improve the cricketing schedule,don't stick indo-pak series in between england one

  • pdsina on December 11, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Please tell me who is performing properly in the team. We have to click as a team. Sacking MSD is not the solution. Other problem is BCCI's focus is not towards TEST CRICKET, The new generation of players are coming from 20-20 or from one day cricket and TEST cricket is a real test to survive as a batsman and as bowler the job is to consistently bowl in the right areas. In last two test matches which India lost the main problem was line and length of Ashwin and Ojha. I think Bhajji and Zak have lost the bite and touch.

    Batsmen: accept Pujara no one looks solid. If we can't even play spin bowling properly what is left to play. .

  • Nish_US on December 11, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    There was some hope when Kris was the selector, but he did not take any daring decisions for the benefit of Indian Test cricket, when he had a chance. No point writing columns now. You had your chance.

  • Alkais on December 11, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Kris Srikkanth was the selection committe chairman when India lost 8 tests continously. He was not willing to make any changes. Now he is asking for changes in the Indian Team, double standard. That proves, there is some one who is not allowing selectors to drop certain players from the team, especially Dhoni. Its time dhoni is shown door from test team. Bring in Saha. He is performing very well. Now Ravindra Jadeja will be given long rope. He will play 20 tests nd score less runs compared to what yuvraj had scored.

  • PACERONE on December 11, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Selectors are always soft.They get in a comfort zone and then do nothing to improve the team when the team starts to sag.They will never drop Tendulkar. With all those young players that are making centuries and double centuries are none of them capable of replacing the falling stars?

  • on December 11, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    When the team lost 0-8, did they bring these 'drastic' changes? It is easy to say now! Why were they defensive then?

  • AsherCA on December 11, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    What Srikanth insisted on doing - India lost 8-0 due to batting failures.... Rohit Sharma & Manoj Tiwari when in good form were wasted on the bench, while Lakshman, & Sachin wasted wickets in the middle. Srikanth refused to replace Lakshman / Sachin till Lakshman & Dravid retired on their own. Where was Srikanth's cricketing common sense when he allowed Sachin to lose 8 tests in a row for Team India (just to give his highness Tendulkar the luxury of a successful farewell) ? The one action that will pull the entire team together & change the batting out of shape is - axing Sachin R Tendulkar for not performing. It will give the entire squad a clear message - If you can't pull your weight, you will not be allowed to block a slot in India's playing 11. Watch the change in approach from Gambhir, Sehwag, Kohli.... after that. Till BCCI allows Dhoni to drop Sachin, all of them just do marginally better than the rubbish from Sachin & retain their slots.

  • MVRMurty on December 11, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    When a legend like Yuvraj Singh can be ejected from the team, why to discuss this much about Dhoni. With the privilege of Seniors(Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly and Tendulkar) and few good bowlers(Kumble, Harbhajan and Zaheer), Dhoni and was the Leader in accepting the Number 1 slot in test rankings but this was essentially the homework of these greats, but as soon as these greats retired and are out of form, he got India to Number 5, and I am not sure with this kind of leadership where Indian team would end up.

    He is one of the richest sports person in the world on paper, but is also responsible for India's utter worse performance in test cricket. Not sure he considers playing test cricket as wasting his time and depressing the whole nation.

    Sincerely the selectors should start introducing youngsters into the team. Where are Rahane, Raina, Tiwary, Rohit(both), Chawla, RP Singh, Pathan brothers - why are Indian selectors cremating this talent?

  • Dev-Mitra on December 11, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    When I read this, the only thing that comes to mind is the phrase, "what a bunch of jokers". How apt to criticize another selection committee panel when these guys did not have the guts or gumption to do it themselves. A pity, that a country with so many passionate cricket followers have to endure a spectacle that should only belong in circuses.

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on December 11, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    srikanth can speak anything he wants coz he didn't have the guts to drop Dhoni either. can we name 3 good talents in test cricket that he brought out during his tenure? Ashwin one....second, third anybody?

  • marshall on December 11, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    It is pathetic to hear these words from Srikkanth. Except for one, he himself never made any drastic/progressive changes in the team while he was the chief selector. The only exception was the selection of Anirudha Srikkanth, his son, as part of India's Emerging Players squad which played a series of three-day games in Australia in 2011.

    Vengsarkar too did not do much of note. But, we all know it's easy to point others and hence they are doing it now.

    The bright spot is that almost everybody is speaking right language as of now, except maybe the selectors, who have just started hearing whispers. Hope they are able to listen, think, and judge clearly what is the need of the current national team before it is too late.

  • SixoverSlips on December 11, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Now that it's not their responsibility anymore, they want to see fireworks. What were they doing when they were selectors? Why didn't they make all those changes? It's no news that India has been struggling as a Test team for a while. Remember the 4-0 followed by 4-0?

  • on December 11, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Srikkanth less said about him better. As for selectors I remember a good batsmen who once called them bunch of jokers and then joined the league ......Indian cricket is a fiefdom and changes are hard and few

  • Edassery on December 11, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Look who's talking! Both Srikkanth and Vengsarkar didn't take any major decisions to revamp the side during their tenure. Srikkanth has been a mere puppet of Mr. Srinivasan and now he seems to be all energized.

    Mohinder Amarnath on the other hand is a very passionate Indian but talks his heart out without thinking most of the time. He's been a fan of Gambhir than Dhoni for some reason while both these players are under-performers anyhow.

    India need a total revamp in the system - not just in selection. They need to seriously consider challenging pitches and revamp the domestic cricket. They need to also go slow on IPL, perhaps reduce the number of IPL matches to run the entire tournament within 10 or 15 days.

  • Cric-101 on December 11, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    The former selectors are 'former' for a reason, they simply were'nt good enough. Hence their opinions should also hold no value currently.

  • ravi_hari on December 11, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    The reason why Jimmy was shunted out was that he can take tough decisions. Vengsarkar was the last selector who took tough decisions like dropping Sehwag, yuvraj, Bhajji, Gambhir when they were not performing. He was the one who dropped all seniors for the T20 and gave Dhoni the mantle. He was the one actually responsible to build the team to No.1 position. The succeeding committees never took tough decisions. Jimmy was required but snubbed by the board. It is true that Dhoni does not merit place in the test side. But who is the replacement? Can we call Laxman out of retirement and hand him the captaincy? Is Sehwag the right choice? Can you give Gambhir the baton when he is also suspect of under performing? As Vengsarkar opined, there are very few choices for the selectors. You cannot fill the team with inexperience. The bowling already looks very weak. Batting also cannot be diluted. The best thing is to play with 5 bowlers to atleast restrict England to a manageable score in Nagpur.

  • SagirParkar on December 11, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    so, Srikkanth couldnt do anything when he had the authority to do so.. now that he is no longer part of the selection panel, he is voicing his opinion.. it just goes to show how much power the BCCI management wields over anyone remotely connected to cricket in the country.

    kudos to Amarnath for sticking up to his beliefs both in and out of the selection panel. well done man.. for the sake of Indian cricket, i hope these idiots in the BCCI learn a lesson.

  • baba6660 on December 11, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Mohinder Amarnath wants everyone to be dished out the same experience that he was subjected to. That's the unfortunate part of life. One doesn't learn from experience. He needs to understand that there are few options left and the youngsters in the team are no great shakes. One needs to balance the team properly with a right mix of experience with youth, instead of gunning for senior citizens in the team. Laxman left abruptly in peculiar circumstances with rumors that he was upset with some columns written in the newspapers etc. etc… Senior Retired Cricketers including some of the selectors were gunning constantly for him. The great Sunil Gavaskar apparently wrote in his column stating that Laxman was blocking chances that should go to youngsters. Now there is a sudden vacuum with Dravid and Laxman not being there and Sachin not scoring consistently. If Dhoni is dropped, who is that great wicket keeper batsmen who will replace Dhoni? Let us stop this witch hunt.

  • Homer2007 on December 11, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    time to say "Boss you just shut up, okay! Why do ungli?".. For a bunch that sat on thier thumbs during the consecutive whitewashes in Australia and England, both Amarnath and Srikkanth have some nerve demanding changes, from the sidelines!

  • bharatputra83 on December 11, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    Srikkanth should just keep his mouth shut. All the respect I had for him as a player was lost after he showed his colours as a selector. He himself didn't have the guts to make sweeping changes that were required per se Dhoni and other Chennai shenanigans and now he is playing holier than thou. The test match team is in this rut more because of Srikkanth than Dhoni. Srikkanth is already history, now Dhoni should be shown the door pretty unceremoniously as well.

  • JPalocaren on December 11, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    What a hollow statement. What was your contribution as Chairman of Selection committee. Why didnt you have the guts to make these changes after the English and Australian tours. When Jimmy (Amarnath) suggested these changes, you not only ignored it, but also got him removed from the selection panel. Not only is selection committee and BCCI but even the Coach is being controlled by Dhoni.

    Jason P. Pittsburgh, USA.

  • unkith on December 11, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Dhoni is not THE problem. There are 10 others who are equally responsible. A captain can only strategize based on the resources his players provide him with. And thos have been thin from this current team.

  • Attru on December 11, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    If I am made the selector for the selection committee, my candidates are:

    Chief Selector - Srikanth Chief Selector's Chief - Siddhu Chief Selector's Cheif's Chief - Amarnath.

    I miss their valuable entertainment. What comments.. Better than boring bollywood comedies. Come on Srikanth, Indian cricket needs you and Siddhu.. you rock!!!

  • samudralakiku on December 11, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Perfect recepe for disaster is brewing. Incapable and complacent players, inadequate quality replacements and BCCI unwilling to act on these issues is throwing Indian cricket into disarray. Watch out for new lows in Indian cricket in the near future.

  • krishy23 on December 11, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    it's funny how as soon as they're no longer selectors they start criticizing the current selectors. why didn't they say anything before when they had the power to change things. plus i think the current selection committee has done a better job and more already than the one under srikkanth. actually there were plenty of options to choose from but chose to ignore them.

  • AjitDJ on December 11, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    This is hilarious! People like Srikanth who told reporters to shut up when questioned about players' bad performance are now calling for BIG changes. I guess when it comes to Indian team selections, it is easier to say things than to actually implement them.

  • on December 11, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    No one has the guts to drop Sachin or Dhoni and it looks like selection committee dances to Dhoni's tunes (considering how often Dhoni's pet Chawla gets into the team without performing anything in Ranji). This is a sad state of affairs. They claim there are no strong replacements and send Rahane to play Ranji

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  • on December 11, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    No one has the guts to drop Sachin or Dhoni and it looks like selection committee dances to Dhoni's tunes (considering how often Dhoni's pet Chawla gets into the team without performing anything in Ranji). This is a sad state of affairs. They claim there are no strong replacements and send Rahane to play Ranji

  • AjitDJ on December 11, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    This is hilarious! People like Srikanth who told reporters to shut up when questioned about players' bad performance are now calling for BIG changes. I guess when it comes to Indian team selections, it is easier to say things than to actually implement them.

  • krishy23 on December 11, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    it's funny how as soon as they're no longer selectors they start criticizing the current selectors. why didn't they say anything before when they had the power to change things. plus i think the current selection committee has done a better job and more already than the one under srikkanth. actually there were plenty of options to choose from but chose to ignore them.

  • samudralakiku on December 11, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Perfect recepe for disaster is brewing. Incapable and complacent players, inadequate quality replacements and BCCI unwilling to act on these issues is throwing Indian cricket into disarray. Watch out for new lows in Indian cricket in the near future.

  • Attru on December 11, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    If I am made the selector for the selection committee, my candidates are:

    Chief Selector - Srikanth Chief Selector's Chief - Siddhu Chief Selector's Cheif's Chief - Amarnath.

    I miss their valuable entertainment. What comments.. Better than boring bollywood comedies. Come on Srikanth, Indian cricket needs you and Siddhu.. you rock!!!

  • unkith on December 11, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Dhoni is not THE problem. There are 10 others who are equally responsible. A captain can only strategize based on the resources his players provide him with. And thos have been thin from this current team.

  • JPalocaren on December 11, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    What a hollow statement. What was your contribution as Chairman of Selection committee. Why didnt you have the guts to make these changes after the English and Australian tours. When Jimmy (Amarnath) suggested these changes, you not only ignored it, but also got him removed from the selection panel. Not only is selection committee and BCCI but even the Coach is being controlled by Dhoni.

    Jason P. Pittsburgh, USA.

  • bharatputra83 on December 11, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    Srikkanth should just keep his mouth shut. All the respect I had for him as a player was lost after he showed his colours as a selector. He himself didn't have the guts to make sweeping changes that were required per se Dhoni and other Chennai shenanigans and now he is playing holier than thou. The test match team is in this rut more because of Srikkanth than Dhoni. Srikkanth is already history, now Dhoni should be shown the door pretty unceremoniously as well.

  • Homer2007 on December 11, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    time to say "Boss you just shut up, okay! Why do ungli?".. For a bunch that sat on thier thumbs during the consecutive whitewashes in Australia and England, both Amarnath and Srikkanth have some nerve demanding changes, from the sidelines!

  • baba6660 on December 11, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Mohinder Amarnath wants everyone to be dished out the same experience that he was subjected to. That's the unfortunate part of life. One doesn't learn from experience. He needs to understand that there are few options left and the youngsters in the team are no great shakes. One needs to balance the team properly with a right mix of experience with youth, instead of gunning for senior citizens in the team. Laxman left abruptly in peculiar circumstances with rumors that he was upset with some columns written in the newspapers etc. etc… Senior Retired Cricketers including some of the selectors were gunning constantly for him. The great Sunil Gavaskar apparently wrote in his column stating that Laxman was blocking chances that should go to youngsters. Now there is a sudden vacuum with Dravid and Laxman not being there and Sachin not scoring consistently. If Dhoni is dropped, who is that great wicket keeper batsmen who will replace Dhoni? Let us stop this witch hunt.