After Virender Sehwag’s deriding statement against the hosts, regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday switched to damage control mode saying they will not take Bangladesh lightly in the second Test, beginning on Sunday.
Sehwag, who led the team in the first Test in the absence of Dhoni, was blunt while saying that Bangladesh were an “ordinary” side which cannot bowl India twice.
Asked whether Bangladesh can beat India in second Test, Dhoni said, “That is why they are playing. You should not take any side lightly in international cricket. At the end of the day it was the 10 balls that matters. There is no good reason why they (Bangladesh) should not take 20 wickets.”
“If any side does not think that they can win, what is the point of playing. We don’t think of losing and we always want to win. But we have lost matches against some good sides.
So, anything can happen in cricket,” he said at the pre-match press conference.
Dhoni however, said his side dominated the first Test match till the end after their batting collapse in their first innings.
“After the fourth day, frankly speaking everybody knew Bangladesh cannot would not win. It was either us who would have won or the match would have been a draw. Their bowlers did reasonably well in the first Test but they were supposed to do that as an international side,” he said.