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.