Sehwag underestimated the Bangladeshis

Written by: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee
Published: Friday, January 29, 2010, 17:07 [IST]
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Sehwag underestimated the Bangladeshis

No Indian cricket fan will forget the quarter-finals of the 1996 Cricket World cup between India and Pakistan at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Pakistani opener Aamir Sohail who seemed in his top form had hit a boundary and asked Venkatesh Prasad to go and fetch the ball. What happened next is history, Sohail's ego got the better of him and Prasad un-grooved his stumps. That was the most fitting reply a fast bowler could give to any batsman.

In similar manner Bangladesh seems to have taught a few lessons to Indian vice-captain Virender Sehwag in the First Test in Chittagong. The Nawab of Najafgarh who was booming with confidence after India attained the No. 1 spot had termed the Bangladeshi side as ordinary ahead of the first Test. The Bangla tigers seemed to have kept a fitting reply for Sehwag when the reduced India to 213 for 8 on the first day of the first test of the two match series.

In the end India managed to make a clean sweep of the Test Series but not before Bangladesh gave some spirited performance. Although they never dominated India, they didn't seem a side to be completely ignored either. Captain Shakib Al Hassan, wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim, all-rounder Mahmudullah and opener Tamim Iqbal have certainly shown some hope for Bangladeshi cricket's future. Indian bowling attack was at times seen bowing down to the 'minnows' as Sehwag would like to believe.

Virender Sehwag might be the most explosive batsman in history of Test Cricket but he has a long way to go when it comes to leadership and being a sports ambassador. This is perhaps one reason why he was overlooked for captaincy when the job was handed over to MS Dhoni. When India's 'captain cool' took over in the second test he stressed on the fact that no side can be taken lightly. Everyone knows what Bangladesh is capable of, but Dhoni still showed some statesmanship while talking to the media.

Virender Sehwag's over confidence reflected in his batting too with the opener failing to convert good starts into . Perhaps he should take some cue from Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar who was heard saying that he doesn't take any bowling attack lightly. This is perhaps the reason Sachin scored two hundreds in the two match series. As a vice-captain of the team Sehwag should be more measured with his choice of words and let his bat shatter bowling attacks.

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