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Updated: January 16, 2010 20:42 IST

Bangladesh an ordinary Test side: Sehwag

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Call it over-confidence or just stating a plain fact, India’s vice-captain Virender Sehwag on Saturday termed Bangladesh as an ordinary Test side which cannot surprise the visiting team in the series starting with the first Test here on Sunday.

In a pre-series press conference, which was full of one-line answers, Sehwag chose to give subtle hints and implied meanings a go by and declared that the result of the two-match Test series was a forgone conclusion.

“Bangladesh can surprise other teams in one-dayers but not in Test cricket. They are an ordinary side in Test. I don’t think they can beat us,” he told reporters.

“It is not over-confidence but Bangladesh cannot take 20 Indian wickets, even Sri Lanka could not do it. It is difficult for Bangladesh to beat us,” he added.

Asked whether Bangladesh have areas of weakness or they are ordinary team as a whole, he retorted, “That does not matter. We are not concerned of our opposition. We are playing well and India have beaten Bangladesh in four (out of five) Tests. We hope to do well in the first Test.”

Sehwag said with the joining of top stars Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman in the squad, the team spirit has got a major boost.

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Yes --- tell this to England players after getting a King Pair. Even Bangladesh put a good show against England ... You are a ordinary player and your team is most ordinary against England.

from:  Imtiaz
Posted on: Aug 12, 2011 at 23:18 IST

I am sure Sehwag didn't mean to demoralise Bangladesh. He is such a humble guy (second only to Sachin), that he can't insult or write off his opposition.

from:  Abhijeet
Posted on: Jan 18, 2010 at 14:47 IST

No matter who ever the opposition may be.....It's not good to have such kind of comments. Bangladesh is a young team and is still in its developing stage. Why unnecessarily demoralize them.If we have a better team than our opposition then we should take this situation as a platform to give chance to our young players, and to get those player in form who are running out of form.

from:  Akash K.P
Posted on: Jan 17, 2010 at 06:39 IST

Sehwag does tell it like it is, doesn't he? I wonder what the point of this series is. Bangladesh has a few entertainers in its ranks, but they are suited to limited overs cricket for they appear to run other teams close. To win a test is a different game altogether. The minnows are nowhere near threatening most other sides. This series is not just a sideshow, it is a waste for India, and may be some practice for the Bangladesh team. How many times do they have to be beaten?

from:  B S Kumar
Posted on: Jan 16, 2010 at 17:19 IST
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