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Sehwag jibe still rankles Bangla players

On the eve of a Test series two years ago, Virender Sehwag, leading India in the absence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was serving a ban, had referred to Bangladesh as an "ordinary side". Even today, the Bangladesh players have not forgotten the jibe. Nilankur Das reports.

cricket Updated: Mar 10, 2012 02:48 IST
Nilankur Das
Nilankur Das
Hindustan Times
Virender Sehwag

On the eve of a Test series two years ago, Virender Sehwag, leading India in the absence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was serving a ban, had referred to Bangladesh as an "ordinary side". Even today, the Bangladesh players have not forgotten the jibe.


Asked whether they had plans against any India batsman when the sides face off next Friday in the Asia Cup, medium-pacer Mashrafe Mortaza joked, "Sehwag isn't there. That means half the charm is lost. Isn't it?"

On a serious note, the former Bangladesh skipper said, "My experience will come in handy. Bowling in one-day cricket demands a lot of variation these days." Man-of-the-match on both occasions when Bangladesh defeated India, Mortaza is making a comeback after almost a year, following a sixth surgery to his right knee. But the 28-year-old looked hungry. "Fast bowlers are a little jittery after coming back from injury. But I don't care, I'm used to long lay-offs. I will bowl my heart out," said the hero of the 2007 World Cup match against India, which saw the latter exit in the first round.

Tamim back

Opener Tamim Iqbal was recalled on Friday. Chairman of selectors Akram Khan had resigned after his nephew, Tamim, had been left out.

But following a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Akram has agreed to reconsider his decision.