Winning in Australia will be our major goal: Srikkanth

Chairman of selectors, Kris Srikkanth feels too many injuries to players threw the team off gear in England tour AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

New Delhi: Sep 21, 2011

Chairman of selection committee Kris Srikkanth, whose tenure has been extended by the BCCI, feels the England tour was a “bad dream” and it is time for Indian cricket to move on.

He said, “I’m thankful to the BCCI for extending our contract and placing faith in this committee. Whatever has happened in the past is a bad dream and now we have to look at the future and ensure that we do well from here.”

Srikkanth feels that his team has already started working on the next goal which is to build a team that can the win the Test series in the upcoming tour to Australia. “Australia is the next target. We have a couple of home series 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,” said Srikkanth.

He also added that despite losing the no 1 Test team status to England, Indian team has enough talent to regain the numero uno status. He said, “In the last three years of my tenure, this was the worst performance by the Indian team. It happens and we have to be patient with the team. 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,” the fomer Indian captain said.

Srikkanth also expressed happiness over Mohinder Amarnath s induction into North Zone s selection committee. H e was quoted in TOI as saying, “Jimmy is going to add a lot of value. 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,” he said.

The former Indian opener was candid in accepting that lot of injuries harmed the Indian team s winning chances in England tour. He said, “England was clearly the best side and we were outplayed in every department of the game. We had several fitness issues as well that compounded our problem.”

“In my opinion, the youngsters fought well in the series. All the matches were affected by rain and the Duckworth Lewis Method. 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.”

“It was very difficult. I don’t remember any team facing such injury worries after every match of the series. It throws you completely off gear,” he added.

Srikkath also predicted that England cannot retain No 1 Test team status for more than two years. “The dynamics change with every series. You can’t really say that the No.1 Test team England will remain in the top slot for two years. India did well to stay on top for a while. With every team eyeing top slot, the competition keeps getting tougher,” he said.