New Delhi, Aug 14: Turning a blind eye to the brutally heavy itinerary of Team India last year, selection panel boss Krishnamachari Srikkanth has stuck to his stand that India doesn't play any more cricket than other top teams.
Srikkanth also openly repudiated the widely-embraced view that it's the inordinate amount of cricket which has spawned so much of fatigue an injury to the Indian players, in turn causing India's mortifying series loss to England.
"If you see the Future Tours Programme, all countries are playing cricket 365 days a year whether England or Australia.
It is not the Indians only. Cricket is being played the whole year in whatever format -- Test, ODI or Twenty20." the former Indian captain posited.
The statistic however tell a different story, showing that M S Dhoni's men have been appearing in more Test and ODI matches than Australia and England.
From August last year till date, India's schedule included 14 Tests, 29 ODIs and two Twenty20 International matches compared to Australia (7 Tests, 23 ODIs, 5 T20 Internationals) and England (13 Tests, 24 ODIs, 5 T20 Internationals).
Aside from the burden of international cricket, most of the Indian cricketers also represented their respective franchises in the high-profile IPL and Champions League Twenty20 matches.
Srikkanth pointed to batting failure and not tiredness behind the calamity, which saw India lose the number one Test status to England after an innings and 242 runs defeat at Edgbaston yesterday.