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Srikkanth shocked at India's performance

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Jan 07, 2012 at 02:35pm IST

Chennai: Chairman of India's selection committee Kris Srikkanth expressed his shock and disappointment at the team's performance in the ongoing Test series against Australia.

The tourists crashed to an innings and 68-run loss in the second Test in Sydney on Friday following their 122-run drubbing in Melbourne.

"We are pretty disappointed and shocked to see the performance," Srikkanth said as India suffered another humiliating defeat Down Under.

The former Indian opener said the team was quite confident before the start of the series and was even thinking of beating the Aussies for the first time in their own den.

"We were hoping to win the series, even the team was quite confident. But we must admit that Australia have played better cricket than us. There is no point trying to find excuses and we need to move on" he added.

"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 former India captain said.

Srikkanth also seconded the view of India's captain MS Dhoni who blamed the 'batting collapse' as the main reason behind the team's hammering in the first two Tests of the four-match series.

"Dhoni is correct in pointing to batting collapses as a reason," Srikkanth said.

Although Dhoni's captaincy has been criticised by former greats like Ian Chappell and Wasim Akram, Srikkanth said it would be unfair to single out his captaincy for the poor performance.

"When you lose you can cite any reason. But Dhoni has been honest enough in not giving any excuses. In fact he has rightly admitted that our batting has not clicked, it has clicked only in patches," he said.

Srikkanth felt that India had their moments and should have won the Melbourne Test match.

"We were 211 for two and we lost it from there. We had Sehwag, Dravid and Tendulkar playing well but then no one got a big score. When you lose the first Test, automatically, there is a lot of pressure on you. Now one should try and do well in the Perth Test. We have won in Perth last time and we should try and do well there," he added.

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