India news September 21, 2011

Have to be patient with Indian team - Srikkanth

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kris Srikkanth, the chairman of India's selection panel, has described India's winless tour of England as a "bad dream" and said the team needed to move ahead and focus on upcoming series, including the tour to Australia that begins in December

"Australia is the next target," Srikkanth told the Times of India. "We have a couple of home series [against England and West Indies] before that and from those matches we'll try and pick the best possible combination for Australia. We have to make up for the loss in England."

Srikkanth, whose tenure was extended by the BCCI at the AGM on September 19, welcomed the appointment of Mohinder Amarnath to the selection panel as the North Zone representative. "Jimmy [Amarnath] is going to add a lot of value," he said. "We are delighted to have him around us. He comes across as someone who has plenty of cricket experience and that will help us in selection matters."

India were beaten 0-4 in the Test series in England, 0-3 in the five-match ODI series and lost the solitary Twenty20 as well. Srikkanth said the team's performance was the "worst" during his tenure as selector. "It happens and we have to be patient with the team," he said. "We have to take corrective measures to ensure that things fall in place. You can't forget all the good things that happened before the England series.

"We won the World Cup and our cricketers didn't get time to soak in the celebration. Prior to that, we have done well in different conditions. This is a testing time for Indian cricket and we need to try out different things to ensure that we are able to come back with a bang."

Srikkanth said that while England were clearly the "best side" and India were "outplayed in every department", a number of fitness issues had compounded the team's problems. The way the youngsters performed, Srikkanth said, was one of the positives to emerge from the tour.

"In my opinion, the youngsters fought well in the series. All the matches were affected by rain and the D/L method," he said. "Plus there were a few injuries as well. What can someone do if Rohit Sharma breaks his finger off the very first ball he faces? You can't really control injuries. Now we have to move on and the next big challenge is to play to our full strength against England at home."

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  • Sanjay on September 24, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    Absolutely ridiculous. What a joke. A bad dream. Mate it's time you take some responsibility.Indian cricket is a joke. The players did find time to play the stupid 20-20 rubbish. India need to make some hard desicions like the aussies. With Srikanth and Srinivasan at the helm hard to see any changes and tough decisions made.

  • Arul on September 22, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    Totally true. England is the worst place to play cricket during August and September. We can obviously see how our best team performed in England. Even scientists here don't predict the weather properly. Remember, lot of people questioned his selection before the ODI world cup, how many people praised him after we have won the prize?

  • Dummy4 on September 22, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    If Srikkanth truly believes that India's humiliation in England was nothing more than "a bad dream", then he can prepare himself for many more nightmares to come. Whichever way you spin it (not at all, if you're Harbhajan or Mishra), England's annihilation of India wasn't just a disagreeable blip in the BCCI's masterplan for world domination: it signalled the beginning of the end for India as a serious force in Test cricket. Your next generation of batsmen are clueless against pace or swing, you have no seam bowlers capable of bowling at even 80 mph & even your first-choice spinners are cannon fodder outside the subcontinent. It'll take at least another two or three years before India can even *begin* to hope of competing with the likes of England, Australia & South Africa again; in the meantime, you'll have to content yourselves with fighting for 5th or 6th place in the rankings with Pakistan, the WIndies, New Zealand, Bangladesh & Zimbabwe. Welcome, India, to your brave new world.

  • Hira on September 21, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    @Adithya Raghunathan - i think your're out of your on earth will srikkant come good? he failed to see obvious things over the years which is why today we have no set young test batsmen apart from the fab 3. He came up with dodgy selection during the england tour and that was one of many reasons why we lost the test 4-0, this is simply unforgiveable. He needs to depart forthwith and be replaced with ex cricketers for the good of indian cricket. the bcci has enough power to give their players whatever they need to suceed like enough exposure to different conditions, best equipment or whatever. It needs to implement a strict fitness procedure whereby if a centrally contracted player has a duty to keep himself fit. if he cant prove himself fit he wont be allowed to tour and face tough sanctions. in this way they wont be able to make a mockery of indian cricket.

  • P Subramani on September 21, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    I think the BCCI should use its influence in getting the youngsters who are likely to form the future Indian team like Ishant, Rahane,Raina, Pujara, Kohli,Mukund Ishant and Aaron contracts to play for one or the other counties in England. I feel that will make them truly professional in their approach and fitness. It will also enable them to build their confidence levels.

  • SUBRAMANIAN on September 21, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    By asking Srikanth the problem will not be solved.The best players have not performed well means what a selecion commitee can do? Moreover we cannot win all the games.It is evident that England have played aggressive cricket.They have the fire to perform and each and every player have performed well.Their conditions also suited for them and same way when they come to India they cannot adopt to our conditions so easily.We must train our players to play in different condition and I am not able to find Fletcher , coach so inspirational like Kristen. I feel Ganguly must be indian coach to inspire the team and he can be true leader.Dhoni is also not aggressive captain like Ganguly. Captain must be emotinal and Ganguly I have seen as the best leader and he can be good coach

  • Sagir on September 21, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    I think Srikkanth needs to get a bit of perspective about why india lost.. it was on overkill of cricket for the team, myriad commiments, poor planning and poor team selection at times (persisting with injured and out of form players).. the Indian story was a bit similar to what Australia did at home against England, hence lost similarly.. the players need (deserve) a break of a month or so before they undertake any other cricketing commitments and this should be preceded by proper preparation.. a pool of reserve players needs to be identified and the board should risk blooding more youngsters. it was about time some of the senior earned their keep in the side !

  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    This is a humiliation for indians to have a tour without a single win. We can accept the fact that they lost after giving a fight, but if we see how we performed in Test that was really pathetic.I hope that BCCI does not forget this as a bad dream and takes some concrete steps instead

  • Sanjiv on September 21, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Why Jimmy? We need a bowler selector - Kris Srikant needs to be retired for under-performance. Period.

  • Kall on September 21, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Just get a bowling unit that can take 20 wickets & you will see things becoming better. The current incumbents - Harbhajan & Amit Mishra look like middle order batsmen who can bowl part-time spin. Time to look for a new spin attack of which there should be 6 to 7 in the list of 30 and 2 in the playing 11.

    I can think of:

    1. Pragyan Ojha (slow l.a orthdx) - 54 Mtchs, 225 Wkts 2. Piyush Chawla (r.a Legbreak, googly, can bat) - 69 Mtchs, 272 Wkts, 2644 rns btng (ave 29) 3. R. Ashwin (r.a offbreak, doosra, can bat) - 34 Mtchs, 134 Wkts, 1170 rns btng (Ave 35) 4. Rahul Sharma (r.a Legbreak, googly) - 7 Mtchs, 13 Wkts 5. Bhargav Bhatt (slow l.a orthodox) - 11 Mtchs, 55 Wkts 6. Iqbal.abdulla (AllRounder, slow l.a orthodox) - 28 Mtchs, 864 rns btng (ave 34.6), 88 Wkts 7. Vikas Mishra (slow l.a orthodox) - 10 Mtchs, 44 Wkts

    These stats pertain to I Class only & do not incl. listA, test, ODI, t20I & twenty20.

    The best thing is all are in their early 20's & can grow into world-class spinners

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