Srikkanth backs under-fire Dhoni

Chairman of selectors, Krishnamachari Srikkanth backed India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's captaincy, but criticised the batting display of the team. "Our batting didn't click. It's a bit surprising as we were confident of a good show in Australia. But we must admit that Australia have played better cricket than India. There is no point trying to find excuses and we need to move on," Srikkanth said on Saturday.

Krishnamachari Srikkanth

Dhoni's captaincy came under sharp criticism from greats like Wasim Akram and Ian Chappell, but Srikkanth said it would be harsh to single out his captaincy. "Look, when you lose you can give any reason. But Dhoni has been honest enough in not giving any excuses. He has rightly admitted that our batting has not clicked, it has clicked only in patches," he said.

Asked about the team, Srikkanth was quick to announce that it was the best team available. "This is the best team we have at the moment. Also, there are no injuries. I believe each and every member has accepted that Australia is playing better cricket," the chief selector said.

He pinpointed batting as the reason for the failure. "In South Africa, when we drew the Test series, atleast one of our batsmen went on to score a big hundred. Here, our batsmen have got to half centuries but couldn't convert those into big scores."

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