Selection committee chairman Krishnamachari Srikkanth, whose tenure has been extended by the BCCI, said that India’s tour of England was like a “bad dream” after the team’s hapless display in the UK.
"I'm thankful to the BCCI for extending our contract and placing faith in this committee. Whatever has happened in the past is a bad dream and now we have to look at the future and ensure that we do well from here," Srikkanth told The Times of India on Tuesday.
The former India opener emphasised the importance of doing well in Australia, which is India’s next overseas tour.
"Australia is the next target. We have a couple of home series before that and from those matches we'll try and pick the best possible combination for Australia. We have to make up for the loss in England," he said.
Srikkanth believes that India has enough firepower to become the best team in the world. "In the last three years of my tenure, this was the worst performance by the Indian team. It happens and we have to be patient with the team. We have to take corrective measures to ensure that things fall in place. You can't forget all the good things that happened before the England series.
"We won the World Cup and our cricketers didn't get time to soak in the celebration. Prior to that, we have done well in different conditions. This is a testing time for Indian cricket and we need to try out different things to ensure that we are able to come back with a bang," he said.
Srikkanth said he was delighted to have Mohinder Amarnath on board as the North Zone representative. "Jimmy is going to add a lot of value. We are delighted to have him around us. He comes across as someone who has plenty of cricket experience and that will help us in selection matters."
He also admitted that in the Test loss in England was due to bad form of the batsmen and the spate of injuries. "England was clearly the best side and we were outplayed in every department of the game. We had several fitness issues as well that compounded our problem."