Change in attitude has helped India: Srikkanth


Chennai : Chairman of selection committee Krishnamachari Srikkanth said Indian cricket is going through a transitional phase and that their ultimate objective is to win the World Cup in 2011 besides attaining the No.1 ranking in all formats of the game.

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“The Indian team is going through a period of transition and by the grace of God, we are doing very well. The series win against Australia (Tests) and England (ODI) under M.S. Dhoni’s captaincy has showcased our aggressive and positive attitude. Even when the chips were down against Australia and England, our team did well to fight back and win matches,” he pointed out on the sidelines of the launch of the fan club by the Chennai Super Kings of which he is the brand ambassador.

When asked whether Indian cricket team is witnessing the start of a new era and promises to be the best-ever, Srikkanth said: “It is unfair to compare teams of different periods. The point is that this team under Dhoni has been shaping well.

“The key attributes are solid opening batting pair in (Virender) Sehwag and (Gautam) Gambhir, followed by a strong middle-order with Yuvraj, Sachin, Dhoni and Laxman in tremendous form. But as important is the fact that our new ball bowlers, Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma have been giving us early breakthroughs with the spinners following up.

“What I like about this team is that it has the right balance and bench strength with a lot of talented youngsters waiting to get in. I would say that everyone is chipping in and our success is mainly due to the team effort.”

Looking to the future, Srikkanth said the team has short and long term plans. “Of course, winning the 2011 World Cup is the ultimate objective, but in the meantime, we would like to reach the No.1 ranking in all formats of the game.”

He was all praise for Dhoni’s captaincy, describing the skipper as “the Super King of Indian cricket” and said his composure even under pressure was a critical factor.

“Against Australia and England, there were times when the team was under pressure. But Dhoni kept his calm and held the team together. He did not panic in a crisis and backed his players all the time. In the process, the team has learnt to adapt itself to changing situations besides displaying tremendous fighting spirit,” he said.

Srikkanth, however, declined to take questions on team selection.