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Sehwag ducks "ordinary side" questions

Virender Sehwag did not disclose if he still considers Bangladesh an "ordinary side" but the stand-in Indian cricket captain hinted that his assessment of the home side remains unaltered.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, Chittagong
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2010 08:28 PM IST

Virender Sehwag did not disclose if he still considers Bangladesh an "ordinary side" but the stand-in Indian cricket captain on Thursday hinted that his assessment of the home side remains unaltered.

Before the start of the match, Sehwag stirred the hornet's nest rating Bangladesh an "ordinary side" which did not have the bowling wherewithals to claim 20 Indian wickets.

His comment did not go down well with the hosts who were extra motivated as they skittled out the famed Indian line-up for a meagre 243 in the first innings.

Even though India went on to win the Test by 113 runs, local journalists were eager to know if he still felt the same about the hosts.

After initially ducking the question, Sehwag pointed out, "They did not bat well in both the innings and they bowled well only in the first innings."

When one journalist said that Bangladesh nearly took 20 wickets and they could have done that had India not declared their second innings, Sehwag shot back "They could not still take 20 wickets. We had to declare because we want to win."

And as another query was hurled at him on the same issue, Sehwag said "Next question please."

Dwelling on the match, Sehwag attributed the victory to his bowlers, saying they did a great job in both the innings.

"I thought the bowlers did a terrific job. They fought back by bundling out Bangladesh for just 242 after our batting collapse," Sehwag said.

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