Ind vs Eng: Just a bad series for India, says Srikkanth

first_imgChief selector K. Srikkanth believes while India appeared under-prepared, England were psychologically on top going into the 4-match Test series that ended visitors’ 20-month reign at the top, saying one bad series should not mean all is lost for Team India.”England played brilliantly throughout the series. But it was just a bad series for India, a horrible series,” Srikkanth told Headlines Today executive editor Rahul Kanwal in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.”I’m not defending them. It’s easy to come and blame us, because the team is at the receiving end as of now,” Srikkanth said.However, the chief selector had a subtle message to the world champions: “If you want to be a great player, try to adapt to different conditions”.Srikkanth was reacting to media reports quoting M.S. Dhoni as saying Indians find it difficult to cope with English conditions.He also dismissed suggestions that younger players, such as Suresh Raina, find it difficult to cope with bouncy pitches abroad.”See Raina has to improvise on his technique in Tests. But in One-day Internationals (ODIs), it’s not a problem. We should not judge things from one series only?I don’t agree,” he said.Srikkanth also refused to buy the idea that the selection process has gone horribly wrong, what with almost half of World Cup winning squad is beset with injuries.”I don’t think we should play the blame-game. It’s like bad business, where everything goes wrong,” the chief selector said, adding, “I thought and thought where we went wrong. The honest truth is, everything went wrong,” he said. advertisement”Let’s not get carried way by what others say and write. I appreciate criticism. Selectors also make mistakes. Let’s be very frank. It was something beyond us,” Srikkanth said, adding, “It’s bad luck, bad cricket.”Asked to comment on key players’ injuries, Srikkanth said every player wants to give his best. No one wants to push himself. But they cannot avoid it. “Body is not machine. It can break down,” he added.On being asked if he offered to resign in the wake of India’s 4-0 whitewash in England, Srikkanth said, “I don’t want to comment. It is between the cricket board and me. These are personal matters.”Will he continue to serve the board in the present capacity? “I don’t know. My term is nearing its end. But it’s up to the BCCI,” he said.last_img

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