India news February 29, 2012

Kris Srikkanth loses his temper

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When asked why Virender Sewhag, who has officially been rested for India's Asia Cup campaign, was not withdrawn from the ongoing CB Series, the BCCI selection committee chairman Kris Srikkanth responded with two words: "shut up". It was a rare moment of brevity and candour during Srikkanth's impromptu press conference, which descended into chaos and farce as he offered an unprovoked and lengthy defence of the Indian team's recent performances.

Indian selection meetings are rarely followed by press conferences, so the media was caught by surprise when Srikkanth emerged to a scrum of reporters wielding cameras and microphones at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai. By then the Asia Cup squad had been announced and the question on everyone's mind was why Sehwag was missing from it.

Srikkanth began by reading out the names in the squad, adding that Sehwag and Zaheer Khan were ruled out of the tournament because they had been declared unfit. "That is the team we've selected", he said. "We are confident. Ok, we've done well." He then spoke about Tuesday's match, when India beat Sri Lanka in Hobart thanks to Virat Kohli's century.

"Yesterday's match was an extraordinary game. Hats off to Virat Kohli, the way he played. Hats off to the entire Indian team for the way they approached the game because everybody knew it was a do-or-die game," Srikkanth said. "When you have to chase 320 runs on any kind of wicket, at the rate of eight an over in 40 overs, and getting it at the end of the day in 37 overs, was something amazing. That goes to show the spirit of Indian cricket."

Next, a minor reality check. "Yes, you all might feel there have been ups and downs but this is a typical World Cup-winning team. It showed what winning a World Cup is because of fighting instincts."

Before this revelation: "Yes, we did badly in the Test series. It was totally unfortunate. No excuses, we got beaten thoroughly. But in the one-day matches, if you look at the overall analysis, I think we have done pretty well. It is just that one game was a tie (against Sri Lanka), because of an umpiring error. I think if the one ball extra had been bowled, probably we would have won the game and probably qualified for the final straightway."

In that match, Lasith Malinga bowled a five-ball over that cost nine runs - the second-best of the Indian innings. Dhoni, however, did not hold that umpiring error responsible for the tie.

The questions about Sehwag, however, did not go away. Sehwag, Srikkanth repeated, was injured. "It is an honest truth. I am not trying to give any reasons. There is a medical report from the physiotherapist, which came to the board, and it says both Sehwag and Zaheer Khan needed proper rest because of their injury problems. So they have been rested only on injury grounds and nothing else. It is an absolute promise."

There was no point, Srikkanth said, in any further speculation. "Anybody can speculate [on] anything. You have been seeing them playing games. Nobody has pulled out. From time to time the physiotherapist takes fitness tests and we have gone by those reports and the recommendations given to the board. And we go by the board's directive about who should be rested, if anybody has injury problems. Those things are in black and white paper. Those things need not be shown to you, they are all internal matters."

Then, to reiterate the point, he said: "I can assure you that nobody has been dropped."

The questions continued and Srikkanth, a bit ruffled by now, said he could not answer the same question "in different forms". When a television reporter, standing to Srikkanth's immediate left, asked why Sehwag was not called back to India if there were doubts about his fitness, Srikkanth retorted, "Boss, you just shut up now. You don't talk like that now. We are talking about fitness. I know what you are implying. If you throw various googlies at me I will get angry, too. I know what to say. We are talking simple and straight, keep it that way. [In Hindi] If you try and finger me, do you expect me to stay quiet?"

Recovering his poise and his typical ebullience, Srikkanth wrapped up the briefing by saying he was confident India would finish on a positive note. "Sometimes you get going, sometimes you don't get going. Overall things have been quite okay and I don't think we should really worry about it. You have to accept the fact the last three years was a golden period for Indian cricket: India became No.1 in Test cricket, almost became No.1 in the ODI cricket, won the World Cup after 28 years. Then, of course, we went to England and got battered a bit because of injury problems. In Australia, honestly speaking, I expected to win the Test series. Probably the batting did not click properly at all. But anyway, at least in the ODIs we are fighting, and I hope we enter the final and win the final by God's grace."

Edited by Jayaditya Gupta

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on March 3, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Alll the best for the Asia Cup. Best team has been selected. Reitre SRT, VVS, RSD,ZAK &VS from all formats of the game & give chance to youngesters.

  • Des_65 on March 2, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    I think Sehwag is injured because, if not, why to drop him when the Asia Cup is played on Asian pitches. Doesn't make sense. Even if he is out of form on foreign pitches, he will do well on Asian pitches.

  • fairness on March 1, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    use by date is past for krishnanachari!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 1, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    hahaha.....it's like a fish-market out there. hahaha...can't stop laughing. No wonder the guy addressing a press conference will get irritated.

  • on March 1, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Media should stop to get sensational and also stop witch-hunting Team India for some news that they would like to have. I salute Chika! this is the right treatment!

  • Kays789 on March 1, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    no one expects india to win too many games outside india. so the abysmal performances from the recent past is really nothing to worry about. and that's precisely what this guy says.

  • on March 1, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    In a way, Cheeka is right. Media has become too unprofessional in reporting as well as showing content in its channels. Media just want to hear what they expect, not what the other person says. I bet none of the journalists who are asking Cheeka question, have a idea about the technicalities of cricket, they cannot differentiate between a in-swinger or a out-swinger. They just know that to win you have to score a run more than the opposition team. They dole out some one-sided statistics (mostly runs) of any batsman, but, they never talk about a bowlers statistics.

  • eZoha on March 1, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    True Indian fans should be disappointed after reading "Overall things have been quite okay and I don't think we should really worry about it. You have to accept the fact the last three years was a golden period for Indian cricket". It would have been a good thing for India had they lost the last match. Then we could expect a true diagnosis.

  • A.Ak on March 1, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    He is the Chairman of selector and he is doing his job. why people are always of questioning his selection, every time. Do they think, they know better ?

  • A.Ak on March 1, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Indian media is awful... They do not respect people. Here they want Srikanth to accept what they think as a truth and ignoring what ever he had just said. (They said similar things after the world cup team was announced).

  • on March 3, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Alll the best for the Asia Cup. Best team has been selected. Reitre SRT, VVS, RSD,ZAK &VS from all formats of the game & give chance to youngesters.

  • Des_65 on March 2, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    I think Sehwag is injured because, if not, why to drop him when the Asia Cup is played on Asian pitches. Doesn't make sense. Even if he is out of form on foreign pitches, he will do well on Asian pitches.

  • fairness on March 1, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    use by date is past for krishnanachari!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 1, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    hahaha.....it's like a fish-market out there. hahaha...can't stop laughing. No wonder the guy addressing a press conference will get irritated.

  • on March 1, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Media should stop to get sensational and also stop witch-hunting Team India for some news that they would like to have. I salute Chika! this is the right treatment!

  • Kays789 on March 1, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    no one expects india to win too many games outside india. so the abysmal performances from the recent past is really nothing to worry about. and that's precisely what this guy says.

  • on March 1, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    In a way, Cheeka is right. Media has become too unprofessional in reporting as well as showing content in its channels. Media just want to hear what they expect, not what the other person says. I bet none of the journalists who are asking Cheeka question, have a idea about the technicalities of cricket, they cannot differentiate between a in-swinger or a out-swinger. They just know that to win you have to score a run more than the opposition team. They dole out some one-sided statistics (mostly runs) of any batsman, but, they never talk about a bowlers statistics.

  • eZoha on March 1, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    True Indian fans should be disappointed after reading "Overall things have been quite okay and I don't think we should really worry about it. You have to accept the fact the last three years was a golden period for Indian cricket". It would have been a good thing for India had they lost the last match. Then we could expect a true diagnosis.

  • A.Ak on March 1, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    He is the Chairman of selector and he is doing his job. why people are always of questioning his selection, every time. Do they think, they know better ?

  • A.Ak on March 1, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Indian media is awful... They do not respect people. Here they want Srikanth to accept what they think as a truth and ignoring what ever he had just said. (They said similar things after the world cup team was announced).

  • satish619chandar on March 1, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    @Posted by on (March 01 2012, 06:28 AM GMT): Lol.. Malinga gave away 9 runs in that over and i can say on the form he showed against India, there were more chances for it to become 13 or 15 rather than 9 + wicket..

  • MrBrightside92 on March 1, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    I was going to start with the point that Morgan was injured, hence why he was going to the IPL! But I like visiting the India news articles to see the fans show they're as disappointed with their 'suits' in charge as I would be 'looking in'. I do like India winning, honestly, as I know millions of cricket mad fans will be ecstatic...spread the love and all that...but it's always easy when you're winning, the measure of worth is when the chips are down...and the powers that be have been found very wanting. I don't want to add to the IPL knocking but it's depressing that there is a bidding war for Jadeja for some ridiculous amt...you'd think that from the two teams that went to adjudication..SOMEONE thought..'wait a minute guys..we're both bid the ceiling amount for JADEJA??' And everyone looks a bit sheepish, files out of the room and makes absolutely no comment to the media! I do want Pakistan to win but you'll only need to chase/get about 200! Good luck all four teams!

  • screamingeagle on March 1, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Sammy Fernando. If you say India won coz of the pitch, then you are also implying that the SL bowling was useless compared to India. I know it hurts when you lose like that after scoring 320. But please do not put down others like that. Fact is, if SL loses the last match, they are out..despite being more consistent than India.

  • on March 1, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Please transform pitches in India, that is the only answer.

  • on March 1, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Sehwag should never be selected again. He is no longer young. He doesn't even play well for IPL. Don't understand the reason why Yusuf and Irfan are picked for the Asia cup. They are mere passengers and never performed at international level to attract their recall.

    When there are new guys better than these jokers, why pick them to make it worse for Dhoni. Dhoni can only lead. If certain senior players decide not to play sincerely, he cannot help. ............................

  • KameshRao on March 1, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    Granted that the communication skills of our chief selector are deplorable, but some of the comments here are not much better... passion, a demand for accountability and whether meritoracy prevailed are all perhaps fair expectations of the Indian cricket administrators but at the end of the day, Does it really matter whether Shewag was dropped or rested?... he is not playing the tournament either way which is not only sensible but meets the demands of most fans. I wonder how speculation about the spirit in the team or how specific members in the team are feeling about each other, help anybody. All this ire towards the BCCI / selectors is difficult to understand and I am not sure what Australian type reviews would do... we are talking about fundamentally different societies... Any analysis of what went wrong and what needs to change is good but end of the day the BCCI is commercially astute and I am sure understand top team performance is the only sure way to keep the coffers flowing!

  • on March 1, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    Indian team management, media and spectators again appear to be a bit short sighted and focussing only on upcoming tours. The problem is bigger and not limited to just Australia tour. Everyone should have the courage to acknowledge that Indian pitches are subpar when it comes to pace bowling and thus it gets reflected on batting performance when Indian team tours overseas.

    Yes, the team underperformed but they are used to bat on placid tracks. Why blame them?

    The time has come where pitches across the country have to be transformed into dust-free wickets, otherwise, similar results will continue to happen as we move forward. Perhaps, nobody seems to be ready to build a quality team for the 2015 world cup, which will be played in Australia.

  • MAK123 on March 1, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Check out 2:25...he wanted one more delivery!!! Srikant ji, wheren't you given an extra delivery to level the match? You had lost it otherwise!!!

  • Reggaecricket on March 1, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    I have vivid memories of this guy making rude gestures and brandishing a bat threatening to go after the Sri Lankan crowd in a match he played there in the 80's. As an official representing the BCCI he should have a more calm and collected attitude and not hurl insults at anyone. It was also very unbecoming of him to have raised the matter of the 5 ball over. That one ball could have gone either way and it was bowled in the 30th over, not at any crucial stage of the game.

  • Vijayvim on March 1, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    I agree with muski that Mohinder Amarnath is a joker himself. It is easy to point fingers at others but, once you are in the seat yourself,you make bigger mistakes.What was the hurry in naming Vice-Captain now? Couldn't it wait until the tour was over?

  • on March 1, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    dinesh karthick was in good form ..y he neglected.. in this squad good pace bowler was missing

  • Hursh_Valecha on March 1, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    Well said Srikant. They deserve more than just "Shut-Up". I wish these sort of media should not be even allowed for such reports. After every win or every loss, media should be banned and there shouldn't be any post match media conference. Now-a-days, media is busy finding unnecessary loopholes, creating the rift when there is not, making their own assumptions about the reality in the dressing room in Cricket team rather than conentrating on the other factors of civil life. Let these people know only the result and the reports. They will say and finally they will shut their mouth. This is the only way they can understand that cricket is a game and not everybody's choice of lunch and snacks. They should concentrate more on Indian hockey team going to olympics rather than selecting team for the asia cup cricket.

  • mrcool on March 1, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    I wonder why media not asking about uthappa.He never gets chance despite good performance in 50 over domestic matches and yusuf pathan,rohit sharma,raina,jadeja keep getting chances again and again.

  • on March 1, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    thank god, they did not rest SRT this time, SRT has a golden chance here in Asia cup to hit his 100th ton, atleast against Bangla! go SRT.. go.. dont worry about being rested, you will continue to get 'chance' until you put your 100th ton! who cares about this country and the game? personal records all about! you get the name, fame! all the best man SRT!

  • on March 1, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    why jadeja and vinay are not dropped? they are good for nothing. especially jadaja. what has he done in the 8 matches he has played in the CB series? he is in the team just because of dhoni's mercy. drop him and give uthappa a chance.

  • IndiaNumeroUno on March 1, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    stupid journos deserve it! well done Kris!!!

  • muski on March 1, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    It would do well to rememberthat the guy who called the selectors a bunch of jokers is now a joker himself. Why is he shutting is mouth. Why does'nt a guy like Jimmy come out and say that they have dropped Sehwag. The guy has been a mere passenger on this tour Down Under and god knows why he deseves the rest- if at all he deserves a permanent rest like the one he got 2 years ago after which he woke up and started performing.There is no justification in picking Yusuf again. Srikant has always been a blabberer and you cannot expect him to be articulate. If he tries, his bosses at BCCI would not allow that- Rajiv Shukla and Sreenivasan are too powerful for him to handle.

  • on March 1, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Poor Srikkanth..he was thinking to add Murali Vijay and Badrinath to the the Indian team. Now he can't. The team is good only YUVI is missing. All prayers to Yuvi. He will be back to the team

  • PANS on March 1, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    Its a shame that Srikanth is saying the 5 ball over was the reason for tie and the dismal state of Indian team in the tournament. If such is the state of introspection of chief selector then god save Indian cricket loving public. What if that was a wicket taking delivery which would have had Dhoni or any other batsman out and ended up in defeat.

  • Rahul_78 on March 1, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    On one hand we have Mr.John Inverarity lead selection panel which made no bones about dropping the best OZ batsmen of modern era mid way through the series and on other hand we have Mr.Srikanth who has to restore to petty excuses and has no spine to state it clearly that couple of seniors have been dropped due to performance issues. Also I am baffled why media did not ask him about Gambhir not being named vice captain and why Sachin is still playing ODIs when they are suppose to prepare for next world cup. Also the continues presence of Raina, Rohit and Jadeja in the squad.

  • on March 1, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    Why Jadeja and Rohit again as we seen there performances in ongoing CB Series. How many match they get to prove there quality?? Uttappa is doing g8 and Dinesh Kartik is simply in g8 form. Why our so called chairman Srikkant is giving chance to Jadeda??

  • joseyesu on March 1, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    @I can assure you that nobody has been dropped. Nice on that statement, when the whole world is creating uncertanity with the players. It is a descent way to approach also. It is a world cup winning team. We cannot discourage somebody just like that. Give them rest and rotate, sure they will perform. NO NEED TO FOLLOW AUS approach. Kewl

  • on March 1, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    Malinga's 5 ball over? Dhoni could have been bowled if he bowled six balls in that over. :S So,dont make stupid reasons. Even the 325 Indian chased down mostly because of the pitch. If india batted first & scored 350 SL could have chased down 350 easily on that wicket. It was more the luck india had that day.not to mention virat's good batting.

  • Solace1 on March 1, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    Mr.srikanth will you please give explanation as to why you people neglected the experience of sreesanth and harbhajan in these conditions?? Atleast could have tried out Ramesh powar instead of ashwin!!

  • on March 1, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    Somehow, I agreed that good decision has been taken against the poor performance and after all the things when matter came to the public/media, why Srikkanth gave the deplorable information to media that Sehwag is unfit…it's not about the fitness…it's about the conflict between Sehwag & Dhoni. Now MSD is rendering his services under the BCCI members not for Team India….it's really debacle for us & for BCCI. Politics should not be the element of this game & private relation should not be measured for the same. Just select the play as their performance & capacity not by your choice….. "BCCI".

    Play cricket with a positive manner....it's to you MSD.

  • ABP235 on March 1, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    What a (un)balanced team this is! In Australia, we had 5 openers (Sehwag, Sachin, Gambhir, Rahane and Parthiv, of which Parthiv got one game, Rahane got none) and now three are dropped, including a talented youngster who has to make way for a burdensome oldie for the sake of individual records!!! Can a team game go down further than this? If resting was needed, Dhoni and Sachin too should have been rested and a young squad should have gone for Asia Cup and even if we had returned without a win, there would have been a consolation that we tried youngsters. Now cricket's TRPs will fall further due to such selfish, individualistic parodies and the BCCI will end up with lesser revenues going forward.

  • sanjusujju on March 1, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    can srikanth be axed and disciplined just like the players. His comments are not worthy of a man who is in such a lead position and would convey wrong message to scores of young cricketers who will get exposed to the media in future. his team selection does not make any sense just like his talk. only good thing was that parthiv patel got axed, but unfortunately no opportunity yet for ATP raydu or dinesh karthik -- latter esp should be an better choice for tests instead of dhoni. i see no problem in giving SRT an opportunity to score 100th 100. this feat will remain for years to come and we should support him.

  • on March 1, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    waste fellows to drop sehwag

  • cricisme on March 1, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    Kris Srikkanth can not keep his calm - can't you tell from his cricketing career. He makes brash decision such as making Virat Kohli vice captain ahead of Gambhir, and retaining Tendulkar while keeping out many upcoming young players like Ajinkya Rahane, Pujara, Tiwary out of the national one-day side. I have also lost respect for Tendulkar -he should retire on his own or selectors should just let him go and give youngster a chance - shame on both Srikkanth and Tendulkar. As a matter of fact i would sack Srikkanth and bring someone more trust worthy like Kapil Dev.

  • ivorycinnamon on March 1, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    Sharda Ugra's recent article "India a circus without a ringmaster" hits the nail on the head. Our team has become a circus because it is being picked by a head clown. This article more than proves the point. Nothing changes: The past is the present; the present is the future. I hear the laughter of the cricketing world at the 'entertainment' we are providing, and as an Indian it leaves me humiliated and extremely embarrassed.If only it were possible to put on a show of Fan Power, where every Indian fan and cricket-lover refuses to turn on the TV to watch the Asia Cup. What a blow that would be for television ratings! What a statement it would make! But I'm just a dreamer and a lesser clown to even contemplate this. Perhaps even there are some who agree that Srikkanth is good for Indian cricket.

  • tarsuc on March 1, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    Nothing wrong with what Srikkanth said. Time media shut up, and let cricket be.

  • annys on March 1, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    I cant believe that we Indians still watch Indian cricket, i mean so much of nonsense goes and we still them. Only the Indian Cricket fans can do something about no one else just stop watching them and see how things change:)

  • v_singh on March 1, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    fully agree with "Shut_up_and_Play".. Journalists (most of the times) go over board. English media journalist are though better than Hindi Media Journalists (though this is NOT a rule).. Watching Hindi News channel(s) is real fun - such pharses they use to describe a situation or put forward a case !!

  • dongiri on March 1, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    While there is no excuse about him losing his temper, one has to accept that this selection committee has been the most competent and professional of the various committees till date. Performers have been rewarded and selection has been made on merits and demerits rather than trial by media. The results speak for themselves over the past 3 years culminating with the world cup win. He can only select the team and its the players who have to perform on the field. While we did exceptionally well in the past tours with the aid of good opening partnerships, this time it did not click and that's one of the main reasons for our poor performance. If you are going to have good times, there are bound to be bad ones too.

  • nachami on March 1, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    MEDIA MUST KNOW THEIR LIMIT. They HAVE NO BUSINESS to rub people on the wrong side. When an interview is ON AT LENGTH, when something is told in a CONTEXT, they just put that and create whole sort of an issue. This IS HIGHLY UNHEALTHY. What is wrong IF SEWAG IS DROPPED? SO BE IT. Why they make so much of story behind it?? THE SELECTORS have just done their job. IT IS NOT MANDATED THAT SAME PLAYER TO PLAY FOR 25 YEARS??!!! Doess not matter if one player is dropped. Why to IRRITATE THE SELECTORS BY ASKING SO MANY QUESTIONS FOR JUST DROPPING ONE PLAYER. When SEWAG DID NOT PLAY THAT MUCH WHY IS THAT THEY ARE NOT GOING BEHIND AND ASKING HIM WHY IS THAT HE IS OUT OF FORM? Unreasonable to make news on every small things...

  • mrcool on March 1, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    I wonder why media do not ask about uthappa...He has been ignored since srikkanth came in selection panel..He didn't get contract list neither he find place in 30 probables.He is consistent in 50 over domestic format still this guy srikkanth is biased against him..

  • on March 1, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Srikanth have done good job as selection commite chairman,as a player for the indian two world cup win.This is a good decision to rest shewag. He does not perform well . But he is the super player and he needs rest mentally as well as physically. GOOD JOB....WELL DONT SRIKANTH.

  • ajaym55 on March 1, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    @here2rock. Media can be a total ass and does not have to follow any decorum. Just hound the guys in the name of freedom of speech. Repeat yourself endlessly to catch the guy in a honest slip. When you get it back in your own language, CRY UNCLE. Love you Sreekanth.

  • NRPOnline on March 1, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Srinkanth should be and probably is a big proponent of Mr Sehwag. They both are rash batsmen though Srikanth used to be a bit worse than Sehwag I must point out. The fact that he is a selector defeats the whole purpose of the stability in the team. How can an otherwise immature cricketer himself, look for any degree of stability in the team. Srikanth is not even articulate. Wonder if he really learnt something at IIT-Madras. His confrontation in Hindi wasn't even decent let alone grammatically correct. Time to not only change the team but also a selector. Hopefully vice-captaincy doesn't get better out of Virat. He needs to calm down now and use less american sign language. He has been a good combination of aggression and composure through the one-day series. I really pray he continues that approach and take this opportunity to help the likes of Rainas, Tiwaris and Rohit Sharams to settle down in their roles.

  • on March 1, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    Always the selection team is the one which everyone wants to blame. Ofcourse now srikkanth was the scape goat for everyone to blame. If team India won world cup, its not becoz of selection team but if it loses, they are the one to be blamed.. If everyone wants their favorites to be in the team, then the squad should be a 30 man squad. everyone blamed for not selecting irfan long time now once he is in still so many controversies. We ppl always believe media and blame srikkanth easily. Media has provoked many cool guys not only srikkanth..this's the first time he lost his cool and still he was the one being blamed not the media... Nobody appreciates abt kohli made as vice captain but still finding faults.. carry on..

  • SouthPaw on March 1, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    The media deserves to be asked to shut up! The way they are behaving on camera, if I say "like cattle", I would be insulting the poor animals.

  • on March 1, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Wow, he just goes on and on and on.

  • satish619chandar on March 1, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    No one can keep calm when unnecessary questions were popped out.. Viru is actually not 100% fit and he is just managing fitness to play out the CB series.. Same with Zaheer and they both are rested in order to avoid further aggravation of the niggles they are having as of now.. Can't the media know this by default? Keep on asking similar questions will never keep anyone calm leave alone Srikanth.. Yes, he could have avoided the question and simply acted as if he never heard the question but it all happened in just the heat of moment and just ignore it.. Now a days, too much is made of Indian cricket and media should keep a check on it as it is getting bored with the attention some silly things are getting..

  • Steve_Stifler on March 1, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    @Shut_up_and_Play: you hit the nail on the head. Moreover Chika is only a mere puppet here and he's simply relaying the message....

  • dwblurb on March 1, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    "Overall things have been quite okay and I don't think we should really worry about it"

    Seems like mediocrity, and at times worse, is quite acceptable to the chairman of selectors. Indian fans, abandon all hope now!

  • AvidCricFan on March 1, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    It would have been better if Srikkanth had not held press conference if he did not want to speak truth. Most of the cricket fans would have accepted sacking of Shewag on performance alone, let alone his antics agaist Dhoni. Also blaming India's poor performance in England on injuries is rubbish. Board should have enough reserves to replace injured players. The tie against SL is not due to so much due to missed ball, but the batting tactic of the captain and other players. Shrikkanth should be straight with people. We know what has happened and what could go in the selection committee meetings.

  • on March 1, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    India will not win an overseas test series unless they play the bottom 4 teams. That doesn't include New Zealand in their home ground. The reason being, Indian batsmen are not well rounded to perform under swing and pace tracks. You will have a good innings once every 20 games. This goes on to show that we are not consistently negotiating the situations. Srikkanth is portraying the Indian attitude of brushing the dirt under the carpet everytime we lose overseas. So unless they train our players to play country cricket in England/ South Africa/ Australia. We will not negotiate their bowling... we will be a very good home team. But not good at travelling. I have already boycotted watching India play until they make changes to the way they train fast bowlers and nurture their batsmen. The change needs to be in the way we approach cricket.

  • hnlns on March 1, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    If chief selector does not show the guts to say that Sehwag did very poorly on the whole tour, so it is natural for him to be dropped, then who else will come out say the word "DROPPED" for rank nonperformance and indiscipline in approach to the batting ? No point trying to shut the media's mouth because they are representing what would be the majority opinion in this case I think.

  • agupta429 on March 1, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    @Nizar Nooruddin ... How about you stick to Pakistani business???

    In India, Hindi is not a compulsory requirement for such a position.. India has scores of regional languages. Hindi is just one of them.

  • here2rock on March 1, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    I would to see Anil Kumble as a chairman of selection committee. We need more diplomatic person representing the most important position in Indian Cricket. Let's get rid of these honorary postions and bring in professional posts for a prefessional sport.

  • on March 1, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    Its quite clear either DOHNI or SHEWAG stay in team India.

  • on March 1, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    So Sehwag is declared unfit...Suppose if India reach the finals of CB series, will he play or not?? .. If so why are u playing an unfit player in finals??

  • on March 1, 2012, 0:41 GMT

    hey common guys what if that over was completed and the sixth ball was bowled true india would have won but on the other side india would have lost a wicket and lost the match earlier that is cricket u never know

  • nandipak on March 1, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    Unless Sehwag got injured walking off the field after he got out on Tue, he showed no signs of an injury. Details of the injury may have led to less speculation. If India reaches the finals, surely Sehwag is going to play! Therefore, is the physiotherapist looking into the future and predicting that Sehwag will get injured just before the Asia Cup?! Just saying that Sehwag is being rested as part of a rotation policy could have avoided all this nonsense. Seeing this interaction leaves one with very little comfort or confidence about the future of Indian cricket.

  • VRRK on March 1, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    Kris, for heaven sake , you are holding a responsible position.You cannot dodge questions.That ws a relevant question and it is still unanswered.If Sehwag is injured, why is he playing in CB series ?

  • Legend_tendulkar on February 29, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    Bcci need to hire Duleep Vengsarkar as chair of selection committe with Kapil Dev obviously in it and i think Ravi should be in too. And also as soon flecther's (f in his name doesn't deserve to be in capital letter as he contributed nothing to indian cricket) contract expires, Ganguly should appointed as Indian coach.

  • sports99 on February 29, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    Just saw the video and I don't see anything wrong in that question. Jurno's do it normally and they do ask questions like intentionally to provoke you so that they get answers for which normally they don't get. I don't like Dhoni much as a Captain for his tactics but I admire him the way he answers the media questions.

  • on February 29, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    To me this man embodies what has been wrong with Indian cricket. When they win..the players played an "extraordinary game" when they loose its time to blame the media and fitness, not to mention rest on past laurels. Seldom do they apportion the blame to themselves and say "yes he did not play well" pick yourselves up and learn guys!

  • on February 29, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    The moment SRT retires, its going to be an end to the golden era of indian sports. Thank him for still hanging on with a decent form. Look at his stats in the last test series about which you are making all these fuss. He was the second best indian batsman. So whom all you are going to sack before SRT based on form???? BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF? Whats your real problem with SRT? He is fialing to score that special 100. That is the real reason. But mind you..thats none of your business. its a gift given to you by the great SRT to be proud as an indian for you and your future generations....

  • on February 29, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    Sehwag has a free license to bat the way he wants. He has every right to be playing in India. Similarly, Sachin is India's hero. He shouldn't be criticized.

  • on February 29, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    well said srikanth ... :)

  • on February 29, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    The only reason I see selectors calling Sehwag RESTED than DROPPED is, what if Sehwag goes on to score a big hundred in the finals in case India qualify (quite possible). You don't have to answer media once again or have unnecessary hassles going on. May be, if this selection had come after the CB series, I believe Sehwag would have been DROPPED.

  • sports99 on February 29, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    I am a great fan of Tendulkar and even worshipped him till 1998 as a batting hero, but I still respect him a lot as he is the one who gave a new shape to indian cricket in the 90's. But now the problem is I am not sure why he still wants to play ODI cricket in 2012. Even if he smash 2 centuries in the current series finals( assuming SL will loose the Friday match to AUS), I still feel he is denying a chance to a youngster who may be the next tendulkar. Now anyway whatever Srikanth says who cares Sehwag not playing ODI cricket thats all we need, but with all due respect to tendulkar if he announce the retirement from ODI it's good for indian cricket.

  • jerryman on February 29, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    If Srikanth cannot keep his calm with the media.. he should step down.. u have to be a diplomat... the media's job is to ask the questions the public are clamoring to ask .. and his job is to explain the rationale of the selection.. not lame excuses.. maybe its to soften the blow .. wonder what Shewag would actually say.. if there is no muzzle by the board... The BCCI must have a long term plan at least for the next 5-10 years ..rather than a band aid solution.. You may have to face the wrath of loyal fans , but for the love of the game , there comes a time for change . Change is inevitable .. but with it there will be rebuilding .. go back to core values .. players must play for the love of the game.. rather than being seduced by the monetary gains .. They must be paid very well .. then the allure for playing for IPL can be replaced by pride for representing the country.. cricket is entertainment for the masses ... the public worship them .. make the fans proud.. do whats right....

  • on February 29, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    What a farce! The failure to accept that there is a problem is the biggest problem with Indian cricket.

  • on February 29, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    this is how India's selectors gave interview. you finger me i will give you a hand.

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! well done SRIKANT how could you select team india if you cant even speak proper hindi?

  • Shut_up_and_Play on February 29, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    I don't see he is loosing it! looks like Indian media has a way to create a big fuss over simple things and embarass its own people in front of the whole world- take this article for an example. why you people do not see the stupid idiotic behaviour from these journonalists! who has no sense of talking in front of others! do the same in Western media and other will say- no comments! and then throw the person out! Indian media please learn some ettiquettes instead of growing no of channels and not doing anything productive!

  • on February 29, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    love it.Srikkanth,india's version of Ijaz Butt!LOL

  • on February 29, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    While Sehwag continues to play in the CB series in Australia it is already known that he would be unfit for the Asia Cup. Is the decision to leave him out of the Asia Cup one based on some kind of Nostradamus-type prophecy or is the Indian cricket board playing hide-and-seek with the facts? Have they dropped him or have they dropped him?

  • ilovecricket1234 on February 29, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    I think this guy was chosen for his English speaking skills and not his mental capabilities. He speaks English better than Hindi! This guy leading the selection committee is the reason why some players will keep on playing till 40!

  • here2rock on February 29, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    It is incredible that BCCI let Srikant ruin Indian cricket with very poor selection policies. When are they going to learn? Who selects the selectors? Telling media to "shut up", that is going too far. He is an embarassment to whole India the way he carries himself.

  • on February 29, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    Think instead of srikanth physios can select the team cos they know whos fit and not . Shame on the selectors retainin srt , who thinks he s gonna bat till his son joins him as a openin partner

  • Mitcher on February 29, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    Wow, I honestly thought before this series that desperate, pathetic excuses about injuries, umpires, pitches etc etc etc, were simply the lame cries of the Indian fans. Following a comical three months it is clear they were just parroting the rubbish spewed by administrators, players and, now, selectors. I don't so much feel disdain now for Indian cricket as pity.

  • DesiCricketfan on February 29, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    That Dravid achieved the feat BUt Indian media was more concerned about Tendulkar who was playing at 60+ and will be acheiving 100th next day.

  • DesiCricketfan on February 29, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    I remember one Hrabhajan incident, He was getting his Luggage out of the trunk of the car when a Journalist with camera came too close to Bhajji. Bhajji did not knew (caught him as a surprise) that someone is behind him as soon as he turned there was a camera on his right shoulder and he gently pushed him away, Everything was clear on the videao and it didnt seem like Bhajji pushed anyone purposely and you do not get your camera that close when someone is taking his stuff from the trunk. BUt it was all over the news with the headlines " Bad Boy strikes again", just because it was a media person that BHajji was at fault. Media in India will do anything to sell the news and make everyone bad. If you agree with them its all good if not you are a bad boy. look at Dravid poor guy is second highest run getter in test cricket and the day he got that there was not even a single article on TV the reason was Tendulkar was playing the same day at 60 not out in the same inng Dravid reached that

  • agupta429 on February 29, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    The hell?? why is someone getting angry at a press conference need such emphasis?

  • on February 29, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    All the other nonsense aside (one ball missing etc.), you have to accept one thing that he said. We had a golden period, we enjoyed it and essentially what goes up, must come down. The opposing teams are also strong and we mustn't forget that. We've got a good team and we have a conveyor belt of talent, so it's unlikely we'll end up with the heartbreaking period of the early to mid 90's.

  • on February 29, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    Who are you kidding Mr. Srikant? If selection was based purely on performance, Dhoni should be the first one to go. Can any one tell me on what criteria Dhoni was retained?

  • KukaSekhon on February 29, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    Compare BCCI and Cricket Australia. Then Compare Aussie selectors and BCCI selectors lol

  • rahulcricket007 on February 29, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    SRIKNATH SAID THAT WE ARE DOING WELL IN ODI SERIES & WOULD HAVE WON THE MATCH IF 5 BALL OVER WOULD NOT HAPPEN . LOL .

  • moscowman on February 29, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    No second keeper? Why? Why Dinesh Karthick is not there? Saha had been given enough chances and did nothing to keep the place. And above all, His Highness SRT is condescending to play the Asia Cup? A last attempt to get the 100th Ton? I do not know who coined the term" !00th international Ton" It wont happen with regular series with Aussies,South Africa or England. Hence the decision to try in this Asia cup Unnecessary clamour..

  • xylo on February 29, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    wow... I could not listen to one journalist's question. shouldn't they coordinate among themselves to ask for questions rather than scream at the person in question? the topic of conversation aside, if so many people were screaming at me, I would just nod and nod and nod until everyone is done with their questions, and reply "Thanks for your questions, I did not understand anything. Can one person summarize it for me please?"

    It is also extremely funny that all major "news" networks are out to cover something that is, for once, completely related to sports.

  • on February 29, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    why media is so keen about why cheeka dropped viru ?? does he scored back to back centuries with an average of 100 % and got dropped, do u guys feel Zak played up to his potential in this series ?? then why asking irritating questions to him ... these journos are overdoing as if they are the savior of team India

  • SanjivAwesome on February 29, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    I think the media were truly hounding him. He showed he was human. I think this is a classic tape of how one person responds under intense pressure. Clearly, he is no cool Obama or Clinton. Just an ordinary street guy who has risen through hard work and good luck to be chair of the India selectors. But honestly, do we truly think such a guy to lead selection of a world champion India team?

  • VS16 on February 29, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    How does it matter weather he is dropped or rested? Final thing is - Sehwag is not playing in the Asia Cup. That is all everybody wanted and it happened.

  • nikhilshahb on February 29, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    For the upcoming Sri Lanka Test series the bowling attack needs to be improved with wicket-taking strike bowling. The problem with Dhoni is he is too defensive and needs to change his thinking for Test matches. The fast bowling attack needs to be with 2 Right Arm Fast bowlers for the first time in Indian History: Yadav and Varun. As fas as spinners are concerned we need Monish Parmar who is a genuine off spinner and Amit Mishra the genuine leg-spinner. This improves the Indian bowling attack with strike bowling rather than line-n-length which Dhoni prefers.

  • on February 29, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    Pleaseeee undersyand Mr.SriCan't .... you dont win by God's Grace...It's performance on the field that Wins matches...Everybody can see India doesn't have a bench strength and we are in a serious need for the same..Please give others a Chance ..this is the least you can do Mr.Sri Can't

  • Herath-UK on February 29, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Tuesday's win on a flat pitch and invisible reasons is probably counterproductive to Indian cricket as it would help the administrators to cover up their defeciencies and not forced to take real steps for its upliftment. Ranil Herath- Kent

  • on February 29, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    This just shows lack of professionalism. If you are dropping Sehwag say so and be ready to provide the explanation. If the guy is fit to play in Australia currently then he is fit to play, period. I guess the problem started because India won the last match with bonus point which means the tour is not over! If the tour was over these uncomfortable question would not have been asked.

  • supadupamonk on February 29, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    BCCI selction commitee needs a major changeover.....they are ruining Indian cricket by not giving chance to younsters like Pujara. They still are sticking with almost the same team...

  • on February 29, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Well, if you say Sehwag is dropped, that would impact IPL revenue... but what if injured, yes, you can play IPL even if you are injured, as a matter of fact, as long as u can walk in two legs...

  • malika07 on February 29, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    very well done KS!!!! this media needs to really shut up,can you ppl not give credit of what team india have done past 3 years more than any thing WORLD CUP after 28 years,,,,AFTER 28 YEARS ppl get life bunch of joker reporters !!!!

  • DaBigDawg on February 29, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    For those of us old enough to remember Srikkanth's antics as a batsman for India - will remember that though there were a few exciting and maybe even exhilarating innings...rarely did he display any type of maturity or poise...in fact, I recall that often he was quite a joke. One would have thought that age would have brought about these attributes. Sadly not. And, now - THIS is the guy who we have as the chairman of the selectors? Wow...and, we wonder why we are in such a mess!

  • AnandRaman on February 29, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Sehwag denies he is not a slow fielder, he fielded wonderfully and also bowled full 10 overs in the previous match against Australia. Maybe some wise journalist should have asked the nature of injury rather than prod on the same omission question. I think next press meet with Sehwag will be fun. He is going to say he is fully fit..lol

  • Arun_Gally_Cricket on February 29, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    Is this a message for media/people or Shewag/Zaheer?

  • Raghu003 on February 29, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Dravid was the best performer in the Test series against England... He din perform well against Australia... So just because of this series alone if we are planning to drop the seniors... i think everyone from this team shud be dropped... If we talk about One day matches the selection panel is making some tough calls... they are trying to include a couple of seniors with many youngsters... its always easy to critisize... If the team din do well in Asia Cup, the same media will ask, why there were no seniors...

  • ProdigyA on February 29, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Three guyz need to be "rested" immediately. Mr Srinivasan and Duncan for their zero contribution to Indian Cricket and Srikanth for his lame excuses.

  • nkvernekar on February 29, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    why rohit and raina? its simply giving opportunities to them at sub continent pitches. instead give new younger playerswho r performing well. its csk selection than a indian team

  • SagirParkar on February 29, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    i am not the one to criticise so readily but is Srikkanth out of his freaking mind ??? does he really mean to say that one fabulous victory in a match on a batting friendly pitch is good enough to brush the heavy test losses and the indifferent form in the ODIs recently ??? does he not see where Indian cricket might head to if the Board keeps persisting with out of form seniors ??? Kohli's hundred in that ODI was not simply because of his talent - he got the opportunities he so richly deserved and that is why he was able to do so.. so why not give Rahane a few more chances, esp when he has shown promise and has the technique to open the innings ? why not rest Dhoni for a while, and let Gambhir lead the side.. in fact, why not rest Dhoni and Sachin along with Zak and Sehwag.. let the young guns get the exposure with a view to target the 2015 WC...

  • AjitDJ on February 29, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    If it was any other country, Mr. Srikanth would have gotten fired by now!!

  • cricketcrazy555 on February 29, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Mr. Srikanth Answers were expected, well prepared,political and absulute nonsense. They are not accountable to media and fans.

  • on February 29, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Come on if that 1 ball was a wicket Mr. Srikkanth

  • Dhushan on February 29, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    What a joke! Indian selectors are cowards to not be able to drop a player when he doesn't perform in successive matches, irrelevant of what they have done in the past. Oh yes, Sehwag was not dropped, only rested! Obviously..............

  • on February 29, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Srikkantha trying WAAAY too hard to smother the fact that they dropped Sehwag, All his tiresome explanations only served to embarrass himself -- and then he got angry.

  • Mr_Anonymous on February 29, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Now that I have heard him, I feel much better saying that I am glad that the term of this selection committee is ending soon.

    A person of his stature cannot lose his temper like this in public, no matter what the provocation. It seems to me that he is not in the right frame of mind and is being very defensive. I think he should just resign.

    I also think that going forward, we should have a proper 15-20 mins press conference after every series with the selection committee chair and ask him questions just like the press asks the players questions after every game.

    I am not sure I understand the need to announce the Asia Cup squad right now. Wouldn't it have been better to have waited till the end of the CB series to do this? Can you imagine Sehwag's frame of mind right now for the last 2 matches (if India do qualify for the final)? If India do qualify, I hope he takes this as a challenge and scores big runs and that would be the best response to Srikkanth's claims.

  • lokesh.agarwal on February 29, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Indian cricket team, needs a couple of changes.. and i think those changes should start from the very top..... , say.. a change in the selection committee...?

  • Jerseyite on February 29, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    I am not even surprised at this press conference. This is how cricket in India is run and its reflective of BCCI's thinking. What I am surprised though, is how there is not a single rational person who can think unbiased and for the betterment of the game. I am sick of Indians being obsessed with superstars and their regional favorite cricketers. Why don't we as a country ever change our thinking?

    It also appears that cricketers who might otherwise have been rational and sane change after they become part of the administration. I really don't understand why.

    I expected better from Srikkanth. Also, I believe Mohinder Amarnath is one of the selectors. This is a guy who was a decent cricketer in his time, and had to face some tough selection decisions himself. So again, I am surprised how he has acted if he is part of the decision making process.

    And regarding Tendulkar, I have LOST all respect for him, if he has agreed to play Asia cup, after missing every one dayer in 2011.

  • on February 29, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Srikkanth is entitled to lose his cool. Media is overdoing the poor performance of Indian team in Australia.

    Same guys were trumpeting that India has the best team to win a series for the first ever time in Australia, two months back. At that time, none of these guys said one word about the team selection.

  • on February 29, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    The Apt foil to Srinivasan and his cronies at the BCCI! And you have to remember that these selectors are paid these days -supposedly to make them accountable. But if the very people to whom they have to be accountable have priorities other than cricket, you have to expect such pathetic performances from the Chairman of selectors. What a joker!

  • Nampally on February 29, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    India could have rested all established players including Dhoni for the Asia cup. Instead play the young talented guys who are starved for a chance to play in XI. Including guys like Tiwary & Rahul Sharma only to warm the benches is not doing anything to improve Team India. These 2 have been benched 14 games between them out of possible 16, in Australia. Before that Rahul was benched for 10 before finally playing one! Let Gambhir captain the team & include batsmen like Tiwary, C.Pujara, Mukund besides Kohli & Rohit in XI. Also include bowlers like Rahul Sharma along side Ashwin, Irfan, Praveen & Dinda. These are young guys, if selected, need a chance to play in XI. C. Pujara is also a potential captaincy candidate. Srikanth & Co should focus on developing Future Team India by playing these guys. Indian fans are tired of seeing Dhoni lining up the XI with his favourites Jadeja & Raina & benching deserving talent. Mr. Srikanth, we don't want Team India looking like Team CSK of IPL !

  • on February 29, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    I think the journalist's question was fair! If he is unfit, he shouldn't be playing right now and if he is fit, then he should either be in the team or be termed as 'dropped'!

  • avik_chowdhury1980 on February 29, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    stay cool mr krish.....Virat's vc was good, but need to give chance some more young players in the team. Very honesh SRT not to play 2015 wc, as well as zak. so we need fast bowler like varun aaron, umesh yadav. bcz 15 wc in Aus. we need good fast bowler. Hope to win Asia cup.

  • prabha_tc on February 29, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    Guys...... let Srikanth live in peace. he is not the only one who makes decision. Allow them to be themselves. We have good team now. Sehwag would have been better, though.

  • on February 29, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Thanks for the report. While the tone seems to suggest that Srikkanth should have stayed professional, I have seen how the media in India behaves and can well sympathise with him.

  • randikaayya on February 29, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    what an absolute DUD.. lol

  • GlobalCricketLover on February 29, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Mr.Srikanth, you still haven't answered the reporter's valid question! Wonder what a more professional org like CA would have to a selector who talks like that! And more importantly who takes such outrageous selection decisions. This is coming from an indian! I am from Chennai but have never seen a more stupid guy given such a high profile job! He was ok as a batsman but as a selector, absolute dumbhead! Only BCCI can employ such people for such positions.

  • ronson333 on February 29, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Srikkanth is killing Indian cricket....resign now!!!!!!!! Only reason Sehwag was dropped, and Jadega & raina were not, is beacuse he doesn't play for CSK! India before CSK!

  • ronson333 on February 29, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Sack srikkanth, he is ruining the Indian team by himself...let Ganguly be in charge, so we no longer have regional biased decisions!

  • SnowSnake on February 29, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    If I had a chance, I would follow that question up with another question: Why R. Jadeja keeps getting selected when he has no muscle power to hit a six or even a four or even call R. Jadeja an all rounder?

  • on February 29, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    really shocking facts told by chief selector of india . His tone and his mood showed that these legends alongwith young out of form players will continue for the next 2 or 3 years because according to selection panel india is having a golden era going on ;) . really feel pity for the spectators and young cricketers of india .

  • Richvii on February 29, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Srikanth should be removed first. Dinda, Vinay kumar have no international class.On what basis Nehra and Munaf Patel have been ignored. Both of them bowled very well in the world cup. In fact, Nehra bowled the best in worldcup until he got injured in the semi final. Why CSK players are being continued-jadeja, ashwin and raina. Rahul sharma bowled very well in the first game and at present seems to be the only bowler who can take wicket.This is just pathetic.Rahane is being handled very badly. Until the time Srinivisan and Srikanth are there,folkslike Rahane, Uthappa, Pujara,Manoj Tiwary will never get an opportunity.If you are building for the future then it is a shame that the selectors included Dinda and Vinay kumar in the bowling attack. They are good to play in ranji against some minnows like Assam, Orissa , Tripura etc ! And that is what precisely they have done! Srikanth should be removed first ASAP!

  • on February 29, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    LOL.... The team has been disgraced and yet this man is still giving excuses!!

  • spiritwithin on February 29, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    even after two consecutive 4-0 whitewash away from home Mr.Srikant has the audacity to give excuses and ignore the reality,BRAVO,indian team was thoroughly beaten in england,dont give an excuse of injury,they were also beaten 3-0 in ODI series in england..in Aus the india team were beaten by an inexperienced aus team,in odi they won three but lost four matches without giving a fight and he's saying india is fighting in odi's???thats the reason y i did'nt wanted india to win against SL,now if by any chance they enter the final or if they wins the CB series everything will be forgotten,very poor attitude by these BCCI officials,y sehwag is rested?infact he sud be dropped,what Jadeja is doing in the team?neither he's a proper bowler nor a proper batsman,he's a part-timer in both cases,just look at indian bowling attack for asia cup-vinay kumar,jadeja,pravin kumar,ashwin..BD & Zim has better attack than this

  • SamAsh07 on February 29, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    It's ok if Sehwag gets rested, the world won't end people. Sheesh. India still have stars like Kohli and Sachin, besides Sehwag was useless in the CB series.

  • on February 29, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Sack This Krish Srikanth from Selection committee First .. he is not fit for the bill... Dhoni was cool headed before .. but after dhoni joined hands with Srikanth He too lost his cool head and temperament

  • ansram on February 29, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    What else do you expect him to say? Its obvious that Sehwag was dropped. A good move, I would say, under the circumstances, and he would come back strong like he did in '07.

  • Mann123 on February 29, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Which team is Srikkanth talking about, is it the same team that millions of fans are watching as well. Absolutely ridiculous. "we went to England and got battered a bit because of injury problems." If the board and selectors think that nothing wrong has happened during last 2 foreign tours than god saves indian cricket.

  • Aspraso on February 29, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Did you know we won the World Cup because of "fighting instincts" but we are not depending on God's grace to win the CB series.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on February 29, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Don't yhroe googlies at Srikkanth, he'll get angry. And don't even think about a doosra. You won't like him when he has to face a doosra.

  • on February 29, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    All these guys are jokers...Yusuf will warm the bench raina will be in full form...Irfan will play sporadically while Tiwari and others outside just wait...As for Sachin he will get his hundred against Bangladesh

  • secondopinion on February 29, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    Srikkanth kept saying "I think.... " "I think..." it was so reassuring to know that he does.

  • on February 29, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    How can such a moron be the chief selector ? It's really unfair on his part to say that the match was tied due to the 5 ball over. The 6th call could have yielded a wicket or could have been a dot ball. Srilanka could have gone on to win the match. Please get some sensible people with some integrity at the top of BCCI. As long as Srinivasan is BCCI president CSK guys will find place in Indian team. Otherwise how would you explain the inclusion of non performing Jadeja, Raina in the team. Ojha is never going to get a chance as long as Ashwin plays for CSK. I bet that Murali Vijay will soon find his way back

  • on February 29, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    logical question but...if he is really unfit...why not withdraw sehwag from the ongoing series. and if he has been dropped..cm out and say it frankly.

  • the_Srikanth on February 29, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    "went to England and got battered a bit" ----seriously? a bit? sure, you can call a 4-0 whitewash as "a bit".

  • on February 29, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    What a clown! At least have the guts to accept the truth. Will Sehwag not play in the finals if India is through, because he is injured?

  • chotaynawab on February 29, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Interesting! now one can imagine that there is Gap between Bat and Pad, which is in cricket apparently very crucial i mean that Gap between Dhoni and Sehwag. As far as i can see and would like to predict that this is Viru's End..!!

  • on February 29, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Pathetic excuses by Mr. Srikkanth.... leaving everything to fate and God's grace ! As if he is doing the paying public a favour by answering questions. Such arrogance should not be tolerated and to move ahead the spineless selectors should be shown the door first

  • aryan_ab on February 29, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Keep going Mr Srikkanth, nice to see Chennai Super Kings overshadowing team India !!

  • on February 29, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Haha...Poor Srikanth! He could not hold himself back.It's a tough job.

  • on February 29, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Well the question is, will Sehwag play the finals if India reach them? They cant afford to play him if he is injured...So better for Srikkanth India hope they wont reach it. (As I expect too)

  • givemefood on February 29, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Kicha.. all said and done, your answer reflects a man who can't take some bold decisions. SRT can never be dropped by anyone. Let's be very clear about that. However, Sehwag, Raina, and Rohit Sharma should have been dropped. Period. The one thing that's come out well is Gambhir's demotion. While I'm not excited about Virat's sudden promotion to VC (the guy needs to play couple more years before landing such a responsibility), I'm more elated about Gauti not being the VC. He's the guy that's been responsible for the rift.

  • on February 29, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Why did Raina/Rohit and Jadeja didnot get axed when Viru was dropped.....perhaps CSK sentiment let dem in.....Robin smash CSK in two matches u play for Pune

  • Chris_P on February 29, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    "Probably the batting did not click properly at all. " Now there's an understatement if ever I heard one. I would add the bowling didn't quite click either and the less said abuot the woeful fielding the better....... Probably!

  • alfaomega on February 29, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Yea...God's grace is right Mr.Srikkanth!!!

  • Jay_candid on February 29, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    India was defeated badly in england/asutralia.. Please accept that Mr.Srikanth... Dont try to give lament excuses.. It's time to revamp the test team.. No more Dravid/Laxman in test team..

  • chilled_avenger on February 29, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Dark days for Indian cricket these are.............

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  • chilled_avenger on February 29, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Dark days for Indian cricket these are.............

  • Jay_candid on February 29, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    India was defeated badly in england/asutralia.. Please accept that Mr.Srikanth... Dont try to give lament excuses.. It's time to revamp the test team.. No more Dravid/Laxman in test team..

  • alfaomega on February 29, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Yea...God's grace is right Mr.Srikkanth!!!

  • Chris_P on February 29, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    "Probably the batting did not click properly at all. " Now there's an understatement if ever I heard one. I would add the bowling didn't quite click either and the less said abuot the woeful fielding the better....... Probably!

  • on February 29, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Why did Raina/Rohit and Jadeja didnot get axed when Viru was dropped.....perhaps CSK sentiment let dem in.....Robin smash CSK in two matches u play for Pune

  • givemefood on February 29, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Kicha.. all said and done, your answer reflects a man who can't take some bold decisions. SRT can never be dropped by anyone. Let's be very clear about that. However, Sehwag, Raina, and Rohit Sharma should have been dropped. Period. The one thing that's come out well is Gambhir's demotion. While I'm not excited about Virat's sudden promotion to VC (the guy needs to play couple more years before landing such a responsibility), I'm more elated about Gauti not being the VC. He's the guy that's been responsible for the rift.

  • on February 29, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Well the question is, will Sehwag play the finals if India reach them? They cant afford to play him if he is injured...So better for Srikkanth India hope they wont reach it. (As I expect too)

  • on February 29, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Haha...Poor Srikanth! He could not hold himself back.It's a tough job.

  • aryan_ab on February 29, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Keep going Mr Srikkanth, nice to see Chennai Super Kings overshadowing team India !!

  • on February 29, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Pathetic excuses by Mr. Srikkanth.... leaving everything to fate and God's grace ! As if he is doing the paying public a favour by answering questions. Such arrogance should not be tolerated and to move ahead the spineless selectors should be shown the door first