Another Sachin Tendulkar will emerge in India soon: Kris Srikkanth

Kris Srikkanth said that he does not see Sachin Tendulkar playing the next World cup in 2015 AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

New Delhi: Nov 2, 2011

The chairman of selectors and former India opener Kris Srikkanth stated that cricket fans will see another Sachin Tendulkar emerge soon in the Indian team.

“In 1989, when Tendulkar came, nobody knew he will become the great Sachin Tendulkar. Similarly another Sachin will emerge in India.” Srikkanth said.

Srikkanth also said that he does not see Tendulkar playing the next World Cup in 2015.

“It will be very ambitious of him. I think it is very doubtful. I don t see him playing the next World cup considering his age and body. It s 4 years away,” the former India player said in an interview to News 24.

Srikkanth felt the senior players are quite aware of what they have to do in terms of their playing career.

“Sachin, Dravid and Laxman will know when to retire as they are not only great cricketers but also good human beings. It s very difficult to find a direct replacement for these players. We are adopting a ‘trial and error method to see who can take their place.”

The dashing former Indian opener said that India doesn t need different captains for different format.

“Why do we still have this colonial hangover? If England and Australia have adopted it, doesn t mean we should also do it. We are doing well this way.”

Srikkanth was confident that India will bounce back to regain the No. 1 Test side in 18-20 months from now.

“I can assure you that we will be the no 1 test side in 18-10 months from now. We have the talent. England series was a bad dream. We will also go up in the ODI ranking.

“We lost so badly in England as the players could not adjust to the weather, lot of players got injured and the luck also didn t favour us.”

Srikkanth also revealed that he did offer to resign after the England debacle as someone had to take the responsibility.

“I took the responsibility for England debacle. I don t blame the players and the captain for the loss, it was just a bad dream,” Srikkanth said.

He also denied claims that India captain MS Dhoni always has a major say in team selection.

“Captain and coach don t even have a vote in selection and it s wrong to say that Dhoni decides who to select and who to drop. The selectors are most important in the selection meetings and they take decisions keeping all points of view in mind.”