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Updated: January 16, 2010 19:50 IST

India only third best Test team: Shakib Al Hasan

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MINDGAMES: Ahead of the two-Test match series with India, Shakib Al Hasan has said that Australia and South Africa are better Test teams than India. File Photo: AP
AP MINDGAMES: Ahead of the two-Test match series with India, Shakib Al Hasan has said that Australia and South Africa are better Test teams than India. File Photo: AP

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan hit back at visiting vice-captain Virender Sehwag for his comment that the home team were an ordinary Test side, saying Australia and South Africa are better teams than India.

At the pre-series press conference, Sehwag addressed the media even though captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was available and said Bangladesh were an ordinary Test side and cannot beat India in the longer format of the game as they don’t have the firepower to take 20 Indian wickets.

Addressing the media after Sehwag, Shakib refused to comment on the Indian vice-captain’s remark but said Australia and South Africa are better sides than Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men.

“I don’t want to comment on what Sehwag said, we want to concentrate on cricket. It was his thought and it is up to him to say what he wants to say,” Shakib said.

But, asked about his views on India being the world number one Test side, Shakib said, “India are world number one Test side as of now. They are playing well and they have a very good batting line-up. But Australia and South Africa are better sides (than India). That is what I think.”

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Respecting your opponents is essential for any warrior/sportsman. Sehwag should have displayed that modesty on his part while addressing the media. Bangladesh did sink India's World Cup chances once.

from:  Praveen
Posted on: Jan 21, 2010 at 19:43 IST

When bad moments come even weekest team like Bangladesh starts opening mouth.

from:  K.B.Singh
Posted on: Jan 18, 2010 at 15:44 IST

I appreciate your confidence Shakib.......Keep it up.

from:  Mohamed Navas
Posted on: Jan 17, 2010 at 12:58 IST

India is a great team, cricket is a great game, Sachin is the greatest of all, Sakib is a great player - so Shewag could have been more gentle & moderate in his utterings amongst so many 'Great' combinations.

from:  Mirza Kibria
Posted on: Jan 16, 2010 at 20:03 IST
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