I don’t count: Tendulkar

Dhaka: On a day of runs and bouncers, Sachin Tendulkar said that the Indian batsmen had the last word.

“The Bangladesh bowlers bowled well in phases. Yes they did use the short-ball but in the end we have scored 459 for five and that tells a story, doesn’t it?” Tendulkar said here on Monday.

Tendulkar said that he and Rahul Dravid remained alert and bided their time. “Restrictive fields were set, the bowlers did well in phases and during that time Dravid and I remained patient and after that we also played our shots.

“The pitch was also two-paced. We have not decided yet about how many runs we want on the third day,” Tendulkar said.

Asked about his 90th hundred in international cricket (45 in Tests and 45 in ODIs), Tendulkar quipped: “Ah, I don’t count!”

The maestro also expressed joy over Virender Sehwag being named among the list of Padma Shri awardees. “He truly deserves it,” Tendulkar said.

Tendulkar believed that India was poised to move ahead in this match while speedster Shahadat Hossain said that Bangladesh could stay afloat if its batsmen do well in the second innings.

“If we apply ourselves in the second innings, we can save this match,” Shahadat said. Shahadat admitted that bowling bouncers at the Indian batsmen was part of the team’s strategy. “Yes, it was planned. In the team meetings, we discussed the fact that Virender Sehwag and Dravid tend to leave the bouncers as they are not comfortable playing them, hence we wanted to test them in this match.

Harbhajan reprimanded

Meanwhile, Harbhajan Singh was reprimanded by match referee Andy Pycroft, for breaching the ICC’s code of conduct during the second Test between India and Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.

Harbhajan had kicked an advertisement hoarding on Sunday. On-field umpires Billy Bowden and Marais Erasmus had reported the violation to Pycroft and in the subsequent hearing, Harbhajan pleaded guilty to a Level 1 offence and admitted that he gave vent to his frustration after a misfield. — Principal Correspondent

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