Mumbai: Till the World Cup that concluded in April this year, the Indian selectors were having a smooth ride and were all set to get extensions (barring North Zone's Yashpal Sharma who has completed all four years of his term).
But suddenly they found themselves in the eye of a storm during the ongoing England series where the dressing room virtually turned into a hospital ward with as many as nine cricketers being casualties, leaving the squad in tatters.
Is it the selectors' short sightedness or the toll of excessive cricket is the burning issue in the cricket fraternity these days. Former India captain and coach Ajit Wadekar though didn't blame it entirely on the selectors and pointed to a few other factors that led to India's downfall in the current tour of England. "Till the World Cup, India played well and then the selectors were getting accolades, but as soon as the team started to fail, they found themselves at the receiving end. Kris Srikkanth and his colleagues are not at fault as far as India's performance is concerned - injuries played a big role here," Wadekar told MiD DAY. On whether the selectors erred while naming the replacements, Wadekar backed the five wise men. "For naming an apt replacement you need to have players of same calibre back home, but that isn't the scenario in India.