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We laid stress on players' fitness: Srikkanth

Chairman of selection committee Krishnamachari Srikkanth hinted that Yuvraj Singh was dropped from 15-man Asia Cup cricket squad due to lack of fitness.

cricket Updated: Jun 08, 2010 00:20 IST

Chairman of selection committee Krishnamachari Srikkanth hinted on Monday that Yuvraj Singh was dropped from 15-man Asia Cup cricket squad due to lack of fitness.

"A lot of stress was given on the fitness of a player. Fitness and fielding are very important. We have gone through the record of last one year and did a detailed analysis. It was a lovely discussion with the captain. This is the best possible squad and I think the captain is also convinced," Srikkanth said.

“This is the best possible side...I'm not going to speak about any individual player," Srikkanth told reporters in New Delhi on Monday.

Fitness has been a problem with some of the Indian players, especially Rohit Sharm and Yuvraj, who seemed to have gained weight of late.

Srikkanth said fitness was one the main criteria while consistency was another in the selection process.

“In recent past, we lost some matches or struggled in some matches because of poor fielding. So the selectors put lot of stress on fielding, " he said.

"We also put stress on consistent performance. Lot of players have done consistently well and apart from the seniors, we blooded some youngsters as well so that they know what international cricket is all about," he said.

Srikknath went on to add that India's shocking loss at the hands of Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka was not a setback.

“I think it was all for the good in the sense that it allowed us to test the youngsters. How else do you test the youngsters? People say our selection backfired but how? We wanted to know how good some of the youngsters are and know who are good enough to play in the next level and who all need some more time," Srikkanth said.

“Some people have this habit of blaming the selectors when things go wrong but ultimately it's the players who go out and play. After the current selection committee took over, India became number one Test team and number two in ODIs. I think as selectors, we made our little bit contribution."

“Don't get carried away by one or two series. If we became the number one Test team, the process began in 2005 when we started winning abroad under Sourav Ganguly and then had Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble. It's all about a process," he said.