It has become a habit for everyone these days to blame Srikkanth for the maladies of Indian cricket. It is indeed a knee jerk reaction each time the fans resort to. First of all, I wish to state is that there are totally 5 selectors, with Srikkanth as chairman. If Srikkanth is imposing players from his state or zone, others would have revolted by now or resigned. At one time there were 6 Karnataka players in Indian team (Srinath, Prasad, Dravid, Joshi, Johnson, Ganesh), almost all on their own merit, but that time, it was blamed on G R Vishwanath who was the chairman of selectors!!!
Who are the players we are talking about? Dinesh Karthik has time & again proved his worth, his selection for Zimbabwe was no surprise, he was due for a full series/tournament than just a match here or there, but sadly he failed this time when he had the big opportunity to prove his worth. Murali Vijay, whatever people say about him, this guy showed tremendous adaptability from being a powerful test opening batsman to an attacking T20 player (as shown in at least 2 innings of top quality during IPL, one against a top bowling attack of Bangalore with Steyn, Kallis & Kumble), so obviously the selectors used the opportunity of Sehwag’s non-availability. Excepting Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, others hardly performed. The burden of failure of Vijay & Karthik, should be borne by these guys alone and not be passed on to Srikkanth or other selectors.
I was very happy when selectors brought in so many players from the bench or B team and rested as many as 8 regulars. This we must do at least for one full series or tournament every 1-2 years, though I wont suggest making such a drastic change. One thing the selectors did wrongly was choosing 4 pacers in the team without even one ODI experience!! Wish they had used at least one bowler with previous experience and here, Irfan Pathan could have fitted the bill perfectly.
We are talking about failures of Karthik, Vijay..why are we not talking about Yusuf Pathan? He is not from TN or south zone? To be honest, instead of him, we should use more of Ravichandran Ashwin, a lad from Chennai but with so much talent. So what now? should we dump this lad because coincidentally the chairman of selectors also hails from Chennai?
We must stop talking this regional political language for the benefit of Indian cricket.