India January 23, 2010

Why I had to watch the Chittagong Test

You don't watch India-Bangladesh to find out who is going to win like you don't listen to Virender Sehwag if you're looking for a crash course in diplomacy
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Careful son, you could crick your shoulder hoisting a bat that large © Associated Press
 

Be warned, fellow cricket lovers, there are some odd folk about. Some of them may even be living under the same roof as you. Earlier this week, having set my alarm for a refreshingly early hour of Sunday morning, I was met with a quizzical look from Mrs H. I explained that it was necessary to rise at such a time, lest I miss the toss in Chittagong.

“Chitta-what?”

“Chittagong. It’s in Bangladesh.”

“So?”

I patiently outlined to her the nature of the feast of cricket that was about to ensue in that part of Asia, between the No. 1-ranked team in the world and another, slightly lower-ranked, but nonetheless equally determined XI. I cheerfully invited her to guess which was which. She declined the opportunity.

“Who’s going to win?” she asked, wearily.

“India,” I replied, “unless it rains.”

“So why are you going to bother watching it then, if you already know who’s going to win?” I had no answer to such a question. How can you even begin to cross the gulf of understanding implied by a comment of that nature? I wasn’t planning to spend four (or possibly five) mornings rising abruptly in the pitch dark, banging my knee on the bedside table and stumbling bleary-eyed down the stair, merely to find out who would win.

It was cricket. It was cricket and it was on television, and as such I felt that unless I let the Hughes eyes rest on the spectacle for at least an over or two, I’d let the side down, somewhat. Besides there’ll be plenty of time to sleep during the county season. Right now the schedule is packed tighter than Jacques Kallis’ lunch box and I intend to miss none of it, however many espressos it takes.

And having seen a lot of Bangladesh in the pyjama formats, I was keen to see what approach the Tigers brought to Test match cricket. Exactly the same approach, as it turned out. A procession of slightly built young men arrived at the crease and attempted to belt the cover off the ball. That is proper cricket, as Geoffrey Boycott probably wouldn’t say. Surely Mushfiqur Rahim’s life-affirming century with a bat that is a size too big for him is an early contender for innings of the year?

But the real star of the show was India’s stand-in captain. I hope that when he retires, someone takes the time to put together his best microphone performances and releases them on DVD. Virender’s Greatest Interviews. I would buy it. So would you.

He is the "before" character in the "Welcome to Diplomacy" introductory video shown to all new recruits to the Indian Foreign Office. Unfortunately, the brilliance of Sehwag’s interview technique is not always fully appreciated. Certain sections of the Chittagong crowd booed him on Thursday.

“You’re very popular here, aren’t you,” smirked Ravi Shastri.

“Yes I am,” replied Sehwag.

Put your irony away, Ravi, Virender is impervious. Before the game, the Mighty V had stated that he didn’t believe Bangladesh could take 20 Indian wickets. This did not go down well either. I suppose it shows how upside down the world is these days, that when a man gives a straight answer to a straight question, he is regarded either as a villain or an eccentric. Anyhow, as it turned out, in the first Test, Bangladesh took precisely 18 Indian wickets. One-nil to Mr Sehwag, I think.

Andrew Hughes is a writer currently based in England

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  • Ethanael on November 10, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    IMHO you've got the right awsner!

  • Rosie on September 6, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    This atrcile keeps it real, no doubt.

  • Maud on September 5, 2011, 23:27 GMT

    This forum neeedd shaking up and you've just done that. Great post!

  • Anonymous on January 27, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    Bangladeshi fans complaining about Viru's statement: 1) If you feel so bad about V's statement, just do a simple exercise: pretend for a minute that you were an Indian. Your team is top ranked, has arguably the best batting line up in the world, AND it is playing a relatively new bowling line up which is certainly not the best in the world.

    With this mindset, just re-run V's conference tape in your mind, and see how everything he said would start make sense all of a sudden. You will only see straight-forward-ness and simplicity of the man instead of anything malicious.

    2) If you still think that V was not only malicious but even incorrect in his evalaution; tell me how many of you would have bet your money on whether Bangladesh will take 20 indian wickets.

    3) Finally, I am sure your team is great and it will start beating India in 5-10 years to come. There is no doubt you have good upcoming talent, and its just a matter of "evolving", soon your team will no more be ordinary.

  • An Indian on January 27, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    Guys stop quoting the cliche "cricket is a gentlemen's game and blah blah...". TODAY, its a competitive sport and shit happens. It has always happened and will continue to happen as long as it doesn't go out of the way.

    Also, ppl stop saying that Sehwag has a straightforward approach. Its just that he "does not know" how to sugar coat his words. He is not "spoiled" in that sense. So he just ends up being straightforward. If he knew how to sugar coat his words/answers, perhaps he would try not hurt people. Its just that he doesn't know how to do it, I would guess.

    Also Bangladesh fans, please stop complaining and demeaning Viru on what he said for your team. Just reverse the roles, and imagine that you were and Indian instead of a Bangladeshi. Everything would suddenly look not so bad to you at all. Also, there is full support and love from India and Indian players to Bangladesh's crickets and its team. We love you guys, its just that Viru is the "before" character as Andres said.

  • Maverick on January 25, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    Well It's understandable that the Indian fans can't forget the defeat against Bangladesh in the last World Cup that eliminate them from the 1st round. If Mr. Sehwag is straight forward then he must also tell the truth that their bowling line up is also ordinary. Look, how much did the Bangladeshi tail have scored from the Indian bowlers. They can't even out Rubel hosen, Shahadat nd shafiul cheaply. In the first test, No.1 of the world was lucky that the Bangladeshi top order was not mature enough! We the Bangladeshi fans can only blame our Top order batsman for their in consistent batting and their failure have let the Indian fans talk that much.

  • Kailash Mathur on January 25, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    I am a fan of Sehwag and appreciate his ways but India needs to win over the population of Bangla Desh as friends and cricket could and should help.

    But I do not think that any damage has been done and the two countries are going to be friends one day.

  • kutush on January 25, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    Alright....lets finish this needless talk about being Sehwag not being a gentleman.Because being a gentleman also involves telling the truth or as close to a truth as you can.And the truth is that B'desh cannot hope to take 20 wickets in a test match.And they should stop it about wanting support...because their most experienced player still plays like a schoolkid.I do not think just words would support B'desh..they need player transfusion from some other country

  • True Indian on January 25, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    Good to see these many comments and reaction from lot of people. I dont see anything wrong in Sehwag's comments. He told what he felt. For that matter do any one us expect Bangladesh to win this series or atleast a match? No right? Only difference is that he spoke his heart out where as most of us do not....

  • A HANSLOD on January 24, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    I hope sehwag's opinion about the bangla team is for current squad. Who would have thought srilanka would be one of the strongest teams in the world today 20 years ago? And by the way ranking is nothing but temporary,how many of us are confident enough that india can win 4 games of cricket out of 10 against australia of any version? end of the day no one is bigger than a game it self.

  • Ethanael on November 10, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    IMHO you've got the right awsner!

  • Rosie on September 6, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    This atrcile keeps it real, no doubt.

  • Maud on September 5, 2011, 23:27 GMT

    This forum neeedd shaking up and you've just done that. Great post!

  • Anonymous on January 27, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    Bangladeshi fans complaining about Viru's statement: 1) If you feel so bad about V's statement, just do a simple exercise: pretend for a minute that you were an Indian. Your team is top ranked, has arguably the best batting line up in the world, AND it is playing a relatively new bowling line up which is certainly not the best in the world.

    With this mindset, just re-run V's conference tape in your mind, and see how everything he said would start make sense all of a sudden. You will only see straight-forward-ness and simplicity of the man instead of anything malicious.

    2) If you still think that V was not only malicious but even incorrect in his evalaution; tell me how many of you would have bet your money on whether Bangladesh will take 20 indian wickets.

    3) Finally, I am sure your team is great and it will start beating India in 5-10 years to come. There is no doubt you have good upcoming talent, and its just a matter of "evolving", soon your team will no more be ordinary.

  • An Indian on January 27, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    Guys stop quoting the cliche "cricket is a gentlemen's game and blah blah...". TODAY, its a competitive sport and shit happens. It has always happened and will continue to happen as long as it doesn't go out of the way.

    Also, ppl stop saying that Sehwag has a straightforward approach. Its just that he "does not know" how to sugar coat his words. He is not "spoiled" in that sense. So he just ends up being straightforward. If he knew how to sugar coat his words/answers, perhaps he would try not hurt people. Its just that he doesn't know how to do it, I would guess.

    Also Bangladesh fans, please stop complaining and demeaning Viru on what he said for your team. Just reverse the roles, and imagine that you were and Indian instead of a Bangladeshi. Everything would suddenly look not so bad to you at all. Also, there is full support and love from India and Indian players to Bangladesh's crickets and its team. We love you guys, its just that Viru is the "before" character as Andres said.

  • Maverick on January 25, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    Well It's understandable that the Indian fans can't forget the defeat against Bangladesh in the last World Cup that eliminate them from the 1st round. If Mr. Sehwag is straight forward then he must also tell the truth that their bowling line up is also ordinary. Look, how much did the Bangladeshi tail have scored from the Indian bowlers. They can't even out Rubel hosen, Shahadat nd shafiul cheaply. In the first test, No.1 of the world was lucky that the Bangladeshi top order was not mature enough! We the Bangladeshi fans can only blame our Top order batsman for their in consistent batting and their failure have let the Indian fans talk that much.

  • Kailash Mathur on January 25, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    I am a fan of Sehwag and appreciate his ways but India needs to win over the population of Bangla Desh as friends and cricket could and should help.

    But I do not think that any damage has been done and the two countries are going to be friends one day.

  • kutush on January 25, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    Alright....lets finish this needless talk about being Sehwag not being a gentleman.Because being a gentleman also involves telling the truth or as close to a truth as you can.And the truth is that B'desh cannot hope to take 20 wickets in a test match.And they should stop it about wanting support...because their most experienced player still plays like a schoolkid.I do not think just words would support B'desh..they need player transfusion from some other country

  • True Indian on January 25, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    Good to see these many comments and reaction from lot of people. I dont see anything wrong in Sehwag's comments. He told what he felt. For that matter do any one us expect Bangladesh to win this series or atleast a match? No right? Only difference is that he spoke his heart out where as most of us do not....

  • A HANSLOD on January 24, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    I hope sehwag's opinion about the bangla team is for current squad. Who would have thought srilanka would be one of the strongest teams in the world today 20 years ago? And by the way ranking is nothing but temporary,how many of us are confident enough that india can win 4 games of cricket out of 10 against australia of any version? end of the day no one is bigger than a game it self.

  • rashedshovon on January 24, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    ok.. we know bangladesh is not a good test side.it's also difficult for them to settle in test cricket as a new test nation.india & NEWZEALAND ALSO SUFFERD LOT IN THEIR EARLY DAYS.

  • Shashank on January 24, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    Why can't someone call an ordinary team ordinary. Bangladesh is taking forever to raise their game. Thats ok. But if they cant improve, they have to be able to hear themselves be called ordinary. It was probably diplomatic for Sehwag to call them ordinary. He could have done much worse.

  • Ashruff on January 24, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    I should say that Bangladesh has to thank Sehwag for their exemplary performance. If it had not been to Sehwag's remark, Bangladesh would not have played the way they played. Sehwag wanted a good contest. And we enjoyed the game.Thank you sehwag.

  • touhid on January 24, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    Sehwag is the captain of a team which didn't know how to win a test match outside subcontinent just few years back. Now, the Indians are the number one, which is a great achievement, no doubt. But, we cant forget those days when they were so much dependent on Sachin and their batting usually collapsed under pressure. And if they couldn't find some good bowlers then its a matter of time Aussies or South Africans will get past them.

  • Md. Rakibuzzaman Kanak on January 24, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    Thanks Andrew for the nice post!...Actually i didn't get upset with Shewag's comment. The rival captain would always try to behave like that...Its as if wining before the game start. But those comments have some positive thing also ....it showed that opposition is taking BD team more seriously ...and trying to play mind game. They are trying to fix a plan against a Tigers that is much satisfactory thing. On the otherside if we consider the sportsmanship or true champion, Shewag falls neither category. He is not a champion batsman like Sachin or Lara or Ponting...He is nothing more than an aggreseive batsman who can hit the ball hard...give cheer to people..at the end of the career all forget those type of batsman

  • Junaed on January 24, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    Btw in 50 years how many fast bowlers did you indians produce, nada.. Rubel was bowling 10kmph faster then sharma zaheer et al.

  • Pallav on January 24, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    Andrew has hit the bulls eye. Sehwag is a simple guy, he gets the question and he hits it without sugar coating. What else do you expect from him..., beat around the bush and say what he doesnt believe. He may well get proven wrong in his assessment but kudos to him, at least he said what he felt in his heart, which is what we lack in this politically correct modern world.

  • sabit on January 24, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    Well, 5 more years. Shewag will have his question answered when Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman retires.

  • Charles on January 24, 2010, 2:36 GMT

    Sehwag's comments are true to his personality. That is not the general Indian consensus. I do not advocate such a statement, though it is said in the right context. it is easy for people to say that it inspired the Bangladeshi's. If another country would have remarked it would not have gone right for the Indian fans. India is a good team not a great team. India needs Dhoni as he is a darn good ambassador. I beleive that Bangladesh is on the verge of becoming competetive. It is all in instilling confidence and self beleif. Yes Sehwag said it in the way he saw it. But it does not sit well. Be realistic. If someone said that about your country, i am positive 90% of the fans would not like it. Let us not be arrogant. Cricket is unpredictable. You could loose a one off test to the weakest side. Life is never predictable. We used to talk about Australia and their sporting spirit, yet we are doing the same. Andrew it is not in calling a spade a spade but their is something called respect.

  • D.V.C. on January 24, 2010, 2:20 GMT

    Sehwag said what he thought. Was that arrogant? Well, if arrogance is thinking your opposition has no chance, then yes.

    Sehwag's answer was both honest and arrogant. That's ok. If the captain believes his opposition is no chance of taking 20 wickets, then as a viewer I want to know about it. It adds an extra interest to the match for me.

    Should we be upset with Sehwag for speaking his mind? Absolutely not. Should we criticise him for underestimating his opposition and increasing his chance of losing as a result? If we believe he did underestimate them, then yes, we should.

  • Rationalism_4_ever on January 24, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    Well, the anger on the B'deshi side emanates from a very obvious inferiority complex, that is in a way endemic to the whole south-asian sub-continent. India, Pak and B'desh are all young nations still finding their feet in this world order and the citizens are insecure about their nationalities. If any aussie had made this comment about India, U would have seen a similar reaction in India. Unlike the English, Proteas or Kiwis, we lack both maturity, objectivity as well as sense of humor. I am sure a lot of Pakis will soon join this rant to support their 'B'deshi brethren' and somehow relate this issue with the general overwhelming Indian dominance of South Asia and churn some cheap fun out of it. This is very similar to what happens in the CONCACAF football region with lesser nations such as Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico etc ganging up against US, the bulwark, the 'bully'. At the end of the day, its all about our misfortune of being stuck in a decrepit neighborhood :(.

  • masud on January 24, 2010, 1:36 GMT

    Viru is the virus of gentlemen game. Indian team is a collection of chickens with funky bowlers and few good batsmen.

  • Mohammad Kibria on January 24, 2010, 0:59 GMT

    Reading those comments makes me laugh when I think how would Indians react if someone said some of that extent about Indians. I am sure they would burn effigies on the streets. Funny that some people are praising Shewag for his honesty and bravery. Remember what was the reaction when Greg Chapel tried to do his job bravely?

  • abby on January 24, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    @brian....well said man!!! the only thing to be considered is the the game itself.....if you want to win the game then better show your skills and ability, not your emotions. everyone knows that player like viru are always staight forward. and most of the times truth hurts. why teams like bangladesh are taking comments seriously ahead of the game. ireland is the good example of a developing teams and they know their strengths and weaknesses. they never wait for anyone to tell them their qualities. i would like to see bangladesh team to be like them and ofcourse, we want team to be strong so that top teams will get some more competition.

  • Drew on January 24, 2010, 0:26 GMT

    strange reading the comments that nobody has understood that this was a humorous reflection on the 1st test. Even stranger since almost all page 2 article are intended to be funny and loosely factual. The article is full of sarcasm and is a reductio ad absurdum - ie reduce an argument to its most absurd to prove the opposite.

    Also I am sick of hearing (predominantly) Indian supporters continually refer to the Champions trophy incedent as an instance of poor sportsmanship from Australia and Ponting. It wasn't Ponting but Martyn who knocked Pawar of the stage. And the truth of the matter is that if he had any sense he would have left the stage but instead he chose to remain after the presentation. That is to say, the stage was now the Australians where they rightly celebrated their first champions trophy win. He should have recognised that he was placing himself in the middle of an excited team of players. At the end of the day it was his own fault, not the players.

  • Amarjit on January 24, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    Guys,

    If you don't want to ask the honest answer, why do ask for his opinion? It was not an arrogant remark. It was straight forward answer and it should be treated as such. Majority of people hide behind political correctness trying to please everyone. Not sehwag! Has someone watched him bat? No thinking just execution.

    For all you know this might just do world of good to Bangladesh. The fact remains that they didn't take 20 wickets and they can't hide behind inexpierence for that. Just look at SA.

  • Saeed on January 24, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    India is the better side, however it can still be beaten by other teams.... I suppose this realization is too complex for a "simple" man like Sehwag. Perhaps he is not just "simple" but also quite a talented "dummmy." I hope this comment comes back to bite him on his ass (or bum if like) on the second test.

  • Omar on January 23, 2010, 23:58 GMT

    I dont think what Sehwag said was right. I mean he literally tried to downgrade Bangladesh. I want to use an analogy to prove my point: If a person is ugly or uglier than you, dont you think it would be wrong of one to say to that person's face that you are ugly, eventhough that is the correct statement. So, what Sehwag is saying basically is BD is not capable of beating them. Majority would agree with him. But like my analogy, when you are on the other side, it doesn't sound respectful.

  • Praveen on January 23, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    @Monty Ahmed Feraz, If you want gentlemanly behaviour in cricket, please approach Mr. R Ponting and co.

  • Chandrasekar T R on January 23, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    If Sehwag had said "They will struggle to get 20 wickets" as opposed to "They can't get 20 wickets" and "They are an improving side" as opposed to "They are an ordinary side", no one would have said anything, I dare say. It is a simple case of wrong choice of words from a simple person, who generally speaks his mind and generally is polite, whose English is still "Improving" (or "Ordinary"). Let us see if Bangladesh can sustain the intensity they shown in the first test. However, if they run into a marauding Sehwag in full flow, the bowlers may even think that they are even below ordinary. Beware Bangladesh, Sehwag hasn't scored a century yet against your team, but there is always a first time.

  • uday on January 23, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    hahahah, good stuff as always, remember that other famous Sehwagism, "I always support the other team when we're playing, whenever I support India, we lose", I think its on cricinfo quotes

  • kaushik on January 23, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    I really agree with Sehwag Bangladesh can not take 20 Indian wickets.Its well-known fact,I don't know why people are creating mess on that statement??

  • Vineesh Vedsen on January 23, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    I do stand by Sehwag's comment. Its not what Sehwag said, as that is what he does. He just puts back the thing in the right perspective, whether it is the ball to the boundary or a straight question hit back. It may sound outlandish, but then thats what happened. Except for a phase on day 1, the home team bowlers found it extremely difficult to get the Indians out. Even the tail ender Mishra got a 50 in the second innings and a partnership of 98 for the second wicket.

  • Mridul on January 23, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    I liked the way author went over the issue...His writing style brings a constant smile as you go over the article.. I think - Instead of doing all the talking, one should prove things on the field. Everybody knows, B'desh is not capable of taking 20 wickets, but there is still a chance of one off day for Indian batting. See, how Dhoni went about it in a smart way and closed people's mouth. Speak the truth in a smart way..Thats it..

  • Pratik on January 23, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    Gentlemen,

    What Shewag said is true. I am sure all the teams think the same about the Bangaladesi team. Ask Ricky Ponting, Chris Gayle, Andrew Struss or any other captain, they would all agree with Shewag's comments. Captains just do not want to say it in the press, but its in them. Shewag was simply being blunt and we all agree with his statement, we just dont want to admit it.

  • rambo on January 23, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    No big DEAL. When India toured the WI in 1971, all the WI commentators said the WI should play a Junior Team against them. India ended up winning the Series. I remember one inparticular, Fred Wills was practically laughing at India's chance of even able to last a few Days.

  • amit on January 23, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    Andrew, you are hilarous.I am having a belly-ache laugh reading you stuff and my wife feels sorry about me. Ever considered your own talk show?

  • Rajesh on January 23, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    Sehwag made a statement which is pretty straight and simple.I would like to pose a question to all those guys who are questioning the statement, How many of you would have done the same if India would have wont comfortably and that was most probable.

    The most probable result of a Test match between Current Indian Team And Bangladesh is india winning it by an inning.Its not bout being arrogant its about being realistic. Sehwag's statements are never vague like other players(for that matter Harbhajjan LOL) he speaks from heart. I rem R.Shastri asked him recently how do u play Murali.. he is a dominating bowler so its better to start dominating himj instead waiting for him to dominate and thts what he does so is it arrogance or being straight .

    Hmmmmm and now the debate has been heated up so it wont be a surprise if we see a big hundred for him tomorrow, how big !!! double,tripple or may be surpassing B.C.Lara which is awaited !!

    I pray india bats tomorrow and Sehwag lights my Sunday

  • G Abbas on January 23, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    Sehwag slogs whether batting or taliking. It is sad that it works for him

  • Jeasan on January 23, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    AT LEAST SHEHWAG SHOULDN'T FORGET THAT IT WAS THIS SO CALLED "ORDINARY" TEAM THAT KICKED HIM OUT ALONG WITH THE WHOLE INDIAN TEAM OUT OF THE WORLD CUP, WHO COULDN'T EVEN QUALIFY IN THE FIRST ROUND... WAT A SHAME! GIVE BANGLADESH SOME TIME... AND WAIT TO BE BUSTED WAY SOONER THAN YOU THINK...

  • Ravi on January 23, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    Sehwag should not have said it. He should change his style of talking. I am an Indian cricket fan and this is just not the image India should project. What stood out all through this episode was how much maturity,restraint and class Bangladesh showed. You guys have impressed me.

  • Anil on January 23, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    Wow! I don't understand why people are behind Sehwag for the answer when infact it should be the scribes who asked this question about the home team. Will the journos ask th same question if Australia plays SA or INDIA???

  • Nid on January 23, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    Viru said it the way it should have been said. The truth is that Bangladesh cannot take 20 wickets against India. However, at the same time i would not like to take the credibility away from them, they are a young and improving team. But if you compare the two teams now, India are by far the superior. Bangladesh cannot beat India and Sehwag said it honestly and straight forwardly.

  • Mike Wroe on January 23, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    Haha, Sehwag is a genius - made a test that would otherwise have been boring, very interesting to follow.

  • Kanak Gautam on January 23, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    Sehwag's comments were inappropriate because 1. It inspired the opposition instead of demoralizing them. With their relatively mediocre bowling attack, and inconsistent batting, they can't take things for granted. 2. Indo-Bangladesh relations have been up and down and you have to be diplomatic when talking to any of your South Asian neighbors. 3. India was in Bangladesh's shoes not so long ago and we used to get riled up when people said we were overdependet on Sachin and had no bowling attack. How soon we forget. 4. Its amazing how many Indian fans felt Andrews was admiring Sehwag when actually it was all tongue-in-cheek.

  • Anil on January 23, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    All Bangladeshi fans and all those who dislike VS's comment have not understood one important point: that statement undoubtedly motivated Bangladesh to do well. Motivation can come through love, care, tease, pinching or criticism; and whichever helps you do more than you thought you could, is a sheer help. Please acknowledge that uncluttered help from VS.

  • Praveen on January 23, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    Sehwag....mighty sehwag....I like the way he answered that particular question...sehwag has one of the rarest cricketing minds of all time. What he said about bangla team was absolutely correct, no offense. I thought he should have stayed some more time in both innings before getting out. Nice article Hughes.

  • Vivek on January 23, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Just something to add..when Srilanka was in india..ravi shastry asked Viru, who was he counting on at the last moments of game?& he frankly confessed coz of his superstition he supported Srilanka for the matter whenever he favors his team,it looses!! & that statement made the day for cricket fans...no1 questioned his frankness & now tagging his forthrightness as arrogance...need a reality check here!!

  • Dev on January 23, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    Nice article Andrew!

    My question to all the Bangladeshi friends who are offended. Would you rank your current team as ordinary or extra-ordinary? I am not asking about some future team. I wish you the best in future, but the fact is that current Bangladeshi team is an ordinary team. And I say this after following the entire first test. You have some good players but not an extra-ordinary team.

    Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan are a good example of how an ordinary team can turn into extra-ordinary.

  • JayK on January 23, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    nice humorous article, Mr H. but u missed Viru's irony, and he did not exactly say "Yes, I am (popular here)", but said, "every Indian is popular here in Bangladesh" (which is a joke!) :-) Sehwag is not known for diplomacy, and that's another thing I like about him. And if Sehwag was not talking in English which he is not that comfortable with (it is not exactly his mother or father toungue), he would have given a even better answer in Hindi. He is a canny witty guy, make no mistake about it.

  • AN on January 23, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    @Chisty: Viru has already stated clearly that he does not want to be India Capt a la Tendulkar. For IPL and zonal teams Gambhir will be capt. And he has stated that someone like Gambhir be groomed to be India capt for the future. And @Chat how does one explain the fact the very same modest bowling and fielding team dispose off Oz and SL convincinly on so called flat pitches? Having said that, I do think SA has the bowling edge. But even they seem to have a chink in their armour as England drew 1-1. The top 3 Test teams are about equal now. Can surprises occur? Yes but unlikely thats all. ODI & T20 though, can and will have surprises now and then.

  • Arjun Nanda on January 23, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    1-0 to Veeru! Mr Hughes you summed it well in the last para. Now we call 'Jacka**' and eccentric, someone who talks the TRUTH, HE IS A PLAYER GUYS NOT A BLOODY POLITICIAN, I don't think Bang can take 20 wickets even in Dhaka - so whats wrong with that its an upcoming side, but why are we shooting a messenger, after 'Dada' we have someone with balls and 2 thumbs up to veeru fr that and yes I would love it if he makes the same statement to the Kangaroo's or S.A too. Pull yur game up Veeru and talk do the same to those teams too - God Bless.

  • nidursiraj on January 23, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    Why people accusing Sehwag for his comments. He is straight forward like his batting. That is his opinion. Currently India is the number one ranked test team and Bangladesh is the last ranked team by ICC. India is a world class team and has won matches in all coutries and against all countries. But Bangladesh is the ordinary cricket team. They are new to this kind of cricket. That is the fact we all know and they also knew that sour truth.

  • sreek on January 23, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    Sehwag,More comments please...We love it.Its just like Sachin's straight drive...

  • Sri on January 23, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    Very true, Andrew! He was just giving an honest reply, the media made/ still making a big deal abt it.

  • mickey on January 23, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    probably bangladesh can lodge a protest about it in ICC meeting.Or better still,may b they can win a few test matches against teams dat dont include zimbabwe or W.I.'s 3rd team & give a fitting reply.

    p.s.:- if ppl r of the opinion "sehwag shouldn hv said dis", "sehwag should hv said dat", dey should jus go n give d replies in his place or better still, mayb live his life get a puppet.

  • avis on January 23, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    To all Bangla fans - I apologize to all of you on behalf of Sewhag. I accept that Bangladesh is a brilliant side, they have loads of talent currently and Indians do not take them lightly. They have been taking 20 wickets in a test also regularly. i hope now you must be happy because if there is only one thing that you want to hear then anything else doesnt matter. Accept that this comment prompted them to fight harder in the test otherwise it would have been a dull test. Also remember Sewhag also mentioned that when Sri Lankans found it difficult to take 20 wickets in sub-continent pitches, Bangladesh will find it more difficult. Lets get on with the game and try to improve further (success maybe just round the corner but not yet) instead of wanting and waiting to hear sympathies and encouraging words from rival teams.

  • S. Sen on January 23, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    Sehwag seems to have taken a few classes at the Ricky Ponting School of Charm. I liked him better when he kept his mouth shut.

  • meshra on January 23, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    while i feel sorry for bangladeshi cricket fans who had to listen to such direct ( rude? ) comments from the captain of the opposing team, the thing to consider is .....sehwag was proved right. the best way for the bangladeshi team to reply is to win the next test or at least force an honourable draw.

  • Prasenjit Chatterjee on January 23, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    There are two things I want to say. Firstly, if Mr Andrew Hughes has any immediate plans of visiting Bangladesh, he is then well advised to do so under a different name. Secondly, please realise that all Bengalis are sentimental fools. I should know cause I am one from the other side of the border. Since 10th of November 2000, Bangladeshi cricket fans have been told the they have a bunch of extremely promising cricketers and therefore it was not correct on Viru's part to tell them something different.

  • Kanak Gautam on January 23, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    Sehwag's comment was inappropriate for several reasons: 1. Tactically, it was dumb. It fired up the BD team. BD team have scored 413 runs in a second innings and almost beat Sri Lanka. A cardinal rule is never to underestimate your opponent. 2. The Indian bowling attack is not at its best and facing an inspired team does not help. Sreesanth is mercurial and Ishant has not been bowling his best (he did surprise everyone at Chittagong and but for this, Indiacould have had a much closer match. 3. See question, hit question may sound attractive. But Bangladesh is our neighbor and our relations have been up and down. In such a situation, a batsman needs to be diplomatic. And if not, he does not deserve to be the stand-in captain. 4. The almost total unanimity of Indian supporters in backing Sehwag and admiring Andrew's article is frankly perplexing. How could they miss Andrew's tongue in cheek treatment of Sehwag?

  • Ralston on January 23, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    I could live with being No 1 and our attitude being number 10 or ever lower. Go Sehwag!!! Another person who was like that was the Prince of Calcutta. but he didn't have a really good team as this or his tail would have been up higher than Sehwag's current level.

    Anyway, its time we treat all teams for their worth like Australia used to when they were at he top.

    The truth hurts doesn't it. Go India!!

  • inder on January 23, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    for how long does Bangla cric team remain an upcoming side... they have to lift their game...there is no point in listening to dull, sweet coated comments of other opposition skipps and then get beaten again and again... sehwag shown B'desh cric team the mirror and set the bar for them.. they should take it as a challenge and prove sehwag wrong.. and i bet when this will happen there would be no other man as happy as sehwag himself..... SO go Bangla Go..

  • BD flavor on January 23, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    well,mr. sehwag, think before u speak.its not me who is saying this its the fact.Shakib took 5 wickets in the first innings and 2 in the 2nd.Shahadat took 5 wickets in the 1st innings.NOBODY in the indian camp took a fiver.No one makes a big fuss wen india lost to srilanka in the finals or even wen pakistan cant even make 170 odd runs against da aussies.so y Bangladesh.dey were given the test match status at 2000 and after dat dey played a very few amount of ODIs let alone tests.their last test match was against the weak windies team.so all i want to say is give sum kudos were the kudos are deserved.if kevin petersen hits a century he is in the front page.but in the similar fashion if Rahim hits a century u make fun about how he is smaller than da bat.he has worked hard for it jus lyke kev or tendulkar did wen dey hit their first century.There was a tyme wen Bangladesh were taken very lightly.But things have changed.Rather than playin the mind games do smthng bout it in the field.

  • honesty on January 23, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    Surely 'ordinary' is a diplomatic assessment of the Bangladesh side...

  • Alex on January 23, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    When India lost to Bangladesh in Worldcup, Dravid said 'we were 20 runs short', later Bangladesh skipper came and said "every team that looses says, we were 20 runs short, we were 40 runs short" Bangla fans!!! why dont you recall such memories...........

  • karan on January 23, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    I'd be surprised if the bangladesh can take 10 wickets in the next match. Go on sehwag, your only speaking what we are all thinking!

  • swinton on January 23, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    Many years ago KapilDev commented that Sri Lanka will never win a test match away from home.That was when only local umpires officiated in test matches.Michael Atherton said that the England team loved to play SL who was considered to be minnows at that time as they were assured of a win everytime they played SL.Thy nearly beat England in the inaugaral Test. Look where SL is now.SL won their first test match earlier than most other teams since achieving Test status.What I'm trying to say is rather than taking offence against someones statement it is far better not to make an issue of it and let Bangladesh prove Shewag wrong as I'm sure they will before long.I'm a Sri Lankan and not trying to defend Banglas and know for sure that had Whatmore continued for a few more years as coach,S would have not been able to make that statement.The problem is that Banglas lack a competent coach to harness team effort to a maximum.

  • naman jain on January 23, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    y r the bangladeshis so upset if a man who talks straight from the heart calls them an ordinary test side. they are below average test side... so nothing wrong in what sehwag said.... they should accept it and try to move on to bigger and better things....

  • santo on January 23, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    SEHWAG DON'T LIKE TO BEAT AROUND THE BUSHES.HE SPEAKS STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART. BANGLADESH IS A ORDINARY TEAM. I WILL GIVE AN EXAMPLE , JUST WATCH HOW THEY CELEBRATE A FALL OF WICKET EVEN IF THEY ARE ON THE VERGE OF LOOSING. MOREOVER THIS COMMENT MAY HAVE COME TO CREATE MORE INTEREST AMONG THE VIEWERS AND SO DID THIS COLOUMN CAME...GOOD ONE MATE

  • czaman on January 23, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    Test cricket, I think, is a test of character....both on and off the field.

  • Khurram Manzoor on January 23, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    A batsman with average over 55 in test cricket averages a mere 30~ against Bangladesh. That alone is enough to put some shackles on his highness' mouth. And Bangladesh proved they have the capability of taking 20 Indian wickets[come on, 18 top wickets, and they couldn't have taken #10,11?]

  • surrendra on January 23, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    more power to you sehwag, tired of hearing captains buttering the bread.

  • Abhishek on January 23, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    Wonderful and refreshing article, as much as I will remember it for Sehwag's straight answer. Mighty V - you were right for chittagong. I googled up and it seems he could have been arrogant by saying we always bombed this area - did he say that? ;-)

    Cricinfo - get real and do not be tabloid.

  • Atam on January 23, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    Sehwag shows that he can make boring matches interesting with his tongue as much as with his bat. I don't know of any other instances where the viewership of a match was influenced so much by a press conference. And nice job of fanning the flames, Cricinfo. Got everyone riled up pretty well.

  • shibly on January 23, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    Expecting such more comments from Sehwag so that BD.can give a memorable feedback to his team!!

  • Maruf_BD on January 23, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    Bangladesh should get out of the complacent frame of mind while playing well to lose and being patted on the back by the better oppositions. This kind of comment should make BD realize that there is no appreciation for taking part in the play for them, no more, it is very time they began to win.

  • Md. Iqbal on January 23, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    Yah, we are convinced that Shewag is courageous. He won in the battle; Bangladesh got only 18 out of 20 wickets. But considering India is a better side and Bangladesh batting is shaky, first test’s performance proves it again that – Indian bowling attack is far beyond that of a champion team’s. Now has Shewag have enough courage to point that out?

  • Bangladesh on January 23, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    Move on guys!!

  • Manan on January 23, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    Wow.. people take things soo seriously. What sehwag said was just reflection of his personality. Bangla team, be glad that bhajji was not the captain :-)

    His comments would have been... " We have asked team manager to book early tickets and arrangement for carrying the trophy"

  • Anonymous on January 23, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    'they can't take 20 wickets' is straight talk, but 'they are an ordinary side' is plain vindictive in my book. As recently as the nineties (their 7th decade of test cricket) India couldn't take 20 wickets on tour bar the odd occasion. It's the classic case of a poor man being spoilt by new riches and losing touch with the hardships of old. With this attitude, let's see how long they remain top of the tree

  • zaman on January 23, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    India has lots of great players, playing great cricket. Sachin,azhar,sunil, kapil etc,never downsize other players from other. Countries. If Ricky ponying said those statements against India I wonder what would be Indian fans respond. Remember India also loose games. in this type of event you are representing not only yourself but your country,the fans etc. So be gentle, this is not politics,but a game and we proud to be part of it.

  • Raghu on January 23, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    In cricket, rivalry only makes good teams and bring out good players... i believe Sehwaq`s comments inspired one team to get thirsty of a win. In that process i saw some beteer performance in the Bangladesh team...

  • arjun on January 23, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    "Would Sehwag say the same thing for his bowlers if India is taking on Australia or SA? Will he have the guts then to open up to the media saying "India cannot take 20 Aussie wickets" "

    why would any indian captain say so, have they not beaten both the teams??? Is aus or SA number one at the moment.

  • Sakib on January 23, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    Well, when Ricky Ponting pushed Sharad Powar off the presentation after Champion's Trophy win why did the Indians make such a meal of it. It wasn't arrogance or bad behavior, it was a friendly straightforward push! You can't deny that Indians are showing the same bad attitude which they accused the Aussies of. I guess that's something which comes from being no.1.

  • Amit on January 23, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    Everyone knows the truth. Its just that VS articulated it in as many words that it is hurting a lot of people. From a man who famously said that "If I have a bat in hand, I will hit the ball" ,scored 300 with a six, was equally devoid of perplexity when out on 294 en route to record third triple ton; one should expect "Straight from the heart" talks.

  • Chris on January 23, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    Funny that when an Indian player shows a flagrant display or terrible sportsmanship, they love him for it.

    To play the "imagine if it was an Indian/Pakistani instead of an Englishman/Australian" game so frequently seen on these boards, we merely need to switch it around.

    Imagine if Ricky Ponting or Kevin Pietersen had said that. I think I can probably leave it there, to be honest.

  • Aditya on January 23, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    You Rock Man...

  • TRex on January 23, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    Nice Article. You should be writing more. To people who took offence at Sehwag's comments - Why should it be a big deal? He is a sportsman not a diplomat. He doesn't have to be "politically" correct - even though he was correct. I am sure if somebody like Andrew Symonds would have said it nobody would have minded it and took his word. Is it only the prerogative of the drunk rebellious misfits to get away with such comments? Sehwag said nothing wrong - we all have seen how Australians have commented about Ashes even before the series began earlier. McGrath, Symonds et al. all have been loose canons - but they did hit their target alright. Bangladesh is a nice test unit and in the future they will be better - they need to take such comments in stride. I am sure the players did not mind as much as the Bangladeshi public did. They must stop this attitude of "we're still developing and we need tender care" and be ready for the duels that the test cricket so epitomizes - like the 1st innings

  • Shujon on January 23, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    Cricket is very different sports. Here gentlemanship counts. Calling a host country incapable is not gentlemanship. Sehwag's conduct is not proper in term of cricket.

  • Mahesh on January 23, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    So Sehwag called them ordinary. And they played well to lose. He said they could not take 20 wickets and declared after they took 18. For all those complaining about this, Cricket is also a mind game. So, he wanted to say what he felt like, and probably psych the Bangaladesh team out. They took it as a challenge and performed reasonably well. So, you just dont want to look at it positively? Nothing wrong with what Sehwag did. No sugar coating. See question-hit question, like kal07 mentions in that post.

  • venky on January 23, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    Sehwag doesnt want to be a diplomat. because he cant be the one. Actually all these remarks have come from him just because his vocabulary is not that good. He will prepar only two three sentences and repeat the same ir respective of the question. This what happened even in presentation.

  • Chisty on January 23, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi I enjoy Sehwag's batting but what he says I think everyone knows that well. His word is not a threat to Bangladesh but for him. I think he missed one opportunity to prove him a better captain. India's board definitely think twice before select him as a captain in future because this is not a captain like behavior. From my point of view he has not the quality to lead India.

  • Sitanshu Shekhar on January 23, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    @Abbas, correctly said. But the last I looked at the world football rankings Bangladesh were place 15 places below India.

    Sehwag never meant to offend any of his bangladeshi colleagues but just said something he felt was true. And kudos to Bangladesh for showing the fighting spirit.

    Also, it made the game more interesting as has had sehwag not made that comment most of the people would not have bothered watching the match.

  • dravid on January 23, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    Good Job :-)

  • sandeep on January 23, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    @mamum had one of the batsmen supported mushfique,had we held the catches of tendulkar and gambhir!Thats what sehwag said at the press conference though i dont want to repeat it.There are no ifs,but,had etcc. bangladesh is a better team in odis and it is a ordinary team in tests the reason is your team had a golden chance to beat australia though i dont remember the year and the bangladeshi team played a pathetic second innings after a very good first innings and i remember habibul bashar not grounding the bat in the second innings.when you dont convert full chances then you should be a ordinary team

  • Kunal on January 23, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    Nice article! Interesting comments from everyone too. I guess the Indians have agreed with you, more or less, whereas the Bangladeshis have expressed their hurt, not their disagreement. It would be interesting to see how the Indians react, should their batsmen be seen fending off/running away from some hostile fast bowling in Australia/S. Africa/Pakistan and the opposite captain says, "Everyone knows the Indians can't really play fast short-pitched bowling. Never have, never will".

  • Chat on January 23, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    Sehwag should have been careful with his words only because India is an ordinary bowling AND fielding side. Batting is their only saving grace, that too, mostly on flat tracks. You know, ".... throwing stones, glass houses, etc..."

  • Andy on January 23, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    I think unless Bangla accept their weaknesses (instead of defending it), they wont improve. They performed well on day 1, which is not enough to win a test match. We have seen same thing happening with Pakistan. Performing well on 1 or 2 days is just not enough to win a match. They should not loosen their guards after taking 10 wickets; they must not forget that a test match is about taking 20 wickets.

  • Mamun Haroon on January 23, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Personally, I think, Shewag made an incorrect judgement. The reply from Bangladesh was perfect, we bowled out India to a mere 243 runs. To be honest, all Indians batsmen were pretty ordinary in the 1st Innings. Bear in mind, Tendulkar was dropped when he was on 16 in the 1st Innings. Again in the 2nd innings, Gambir was dropped too. Both Tendulkar and Gambir ended up scoring centuries. Having said that Bangladesh top orders failed miserably in both Innings, with an exception of Mushfique and Muhamudullah. Had we taken these catches and had one of the top order batsmen supported Mushfique on the 5th day, we could have taken the game to the wire, and perhaps we could have won the match.

  • Malik Ahmed on January 23, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    I guess V has only learned how to hit the ball but not the manner. When Tendulkar was asked about it he referred to ask V not him! I am sure the whole Indian team is also ashmed of such comment!

  • therock on January 23, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    wonder where Mr see it-hit it was when the Deshis thumped india out of the last world cup

  • Yes S on January 23, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    Sehwag is not first time captain. I don't know in what context he said that B'desh team is 'ordinary', but I am sure he knows very well that whatever he says to media would be twisted. :-)

    And, yes I too liked Chita what? :-)

  • deepak nair on January 23, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    What many people do not realise is that Sehwags clipped answers could be because english is not his first language. If the same question was asked in Hindi he would probably given a much more polite answer. he would not have said ordinary but something more polite.

  • Nasirul Wahab Opu on January 23, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    Shame Sehwag!!!! V.Sehwag....I am a Bangladeshi living in Spain and a supporter of Indian Cricket too...Though I live a busy life here but I never miss to watch an Indian Game...I am a Blind Fan of YOU..But when the question arise against my country I always with my country...I cannot beleive that such a Great Player like you doesn't has any respect to his Oposition team...I just have to say the word.... Shame Sehwag SHAME..

  • Vansh on January 23, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    I find it really hilarious the way this issue is blown out of proportion. You talk about Sehwag commenting on Bangladesh. He even say the same about Sri Lankans and Aussies 'When I am in form they cant stop me'. You can take it as arrogance, but the fact of the matter is the the guy is plain old school blunt and honest. But you will only understand if you know the guy. An article about M. Rafique mentioned Tendulkar commented on Rafique that we only discuss you in team meetings, what does this mean, they do not consider anyone else worth discussing. Its the same goat in different package. The best Bangladesh could do is to motivate themselves to do better and not take offence from someones comments. Indians are always called flat track bullies and Ricky Ponting ridiculed for his ability to play spin, these things happen all the time. Now stop crying.

  • AHMAD NAJIB on January 23, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    Indian captain not only represent his country on the field but also outside the field. Sportsmen are the ambassador of his country. Indians will do well if they keep sehwag away from mike.I can assure that in India SA match no one here is going to support India. If this be the case of achievement Indians want-good luck to them. And what you get wining against a "ordinary team"?! why playing at all and make people to people relation bad. Ban did kick ( for those who wants to hear staright) the Indians out of world cup not so long ago.

  • Sebastien on January 23, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    ps: even in the recently concluded South-Africa vs England test series, both teams managed to take 20 wickets only ONCE in the four games. England took 17, 20, 17, and 7 wickets respectively, while SA took 19, 9, 19, and 20 wickets respectively. In that prospect, the 18 wickets of Bangladesh on a flat track compared to the sporting ones in SA or Australia don't seem that ordinary do they?

  • Anurag Bhide on January 23, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    @Monty Ahmed & Mosaddaque Ally - the only reason you are getting so worked up is because you do recognize a shred of truth in viru's statements. please realise that sehwag is naturally that honest in his talking and thinking and there was absolutely no malicious intent in his comments. he expressed his honest appraisal of the state of affairs in bangladesh and will be the first one to praise them if he feels they genuinely deserve it.

    mr. hughes i am a huge fan of your work and a great article once more. “Chitta-what?” “Chittagong. was absolutely hilarious, as was - 'refreshingly early hour of Sunday morning,' and 'the brilliance of Sehwag’s interview technique' and 'That is proper cricket, as Geoffrey Boycott probably wouldn’t say.' i am an amateur cricket writer myself and your writing style inspires me like nothing else

  • Nazmul Hasan on January 23, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    Hi Andrew, After the disappointing comments from Shewag,something came into my mind that, Bangladesh not going to give them a chance to go on top of the game. I said some of my Aussie friends that he will ashamed by his comments. Cricket is a gentlemen game. You have to know how to respect. He has no respect so as other Indians. ICC ranking says they are number one Test team, but South Africa and Australia are much better team than them. In regards to Bangladesh cricket, if you look at the Trination and the first test, there are so many positive things. If you see number 8 is also a specialised batsman. That means we have few all rounders. We have lack of self belief and bad short selection. I hope they will rectify short selections and come back shortly tomorrow for the second Test in Dhaka. What Shewag said, he has already realized that he is was absolutely wrong.

  • Sebastien on January 23, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    Lame piece. I know I am a Bangladesh fan, but your biased view is not necessary, nor useful. First of all, the Chittagong joke is dumb. It has 4 million inhabitants, about half the size of london, and 4 times bigger than Birmingham, England's second biggest city. Second of all, would Sehwag have said the same thing about the Pakistani bowling attack? They have Asif, Aamer, Kaneria, Gul, but they took in the three tests against Australia 13, 20, and 13 wickets respectively, and average well below Bangladesh' 18 wickets, even though they were playing the 3rd ranked nation as opposed to the nr1 ranked nation. Also, each innings, ONE great player stepped up for India, Tendulkar in one, Gambhir in the other. Finally, Sehwag averaged below his total average, even though it was an 'ordinary' side like Bangladesh. So 1-0 to India: definitely, 1-0 to Sehwag?? No way.

  • Manohar on January 23, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    It shows the inferiority complex. Do Bangladeshi cricketers really need a comment like that to put up a spirited show like what they did ? Where was that spirit till the first wicket fell (after 50 plus runs) while Viru and GG were plundering the BD bowling? Putting up odd performances is not enough. Consistency should be there. BDs stats not hiding anything. Infact Viru just phrased the stats in simplest possible words. If BD cricketers and fans want to take it in negative spirit it is their choice. But they need to understand that, having staged such kind of in-your-face-show in frist test, in the subsequent matches against India and other sides, they will be under pressure to repeat such dramatic performances else will the risk of getting condemned to their own interpretaion of Viru's comment. It will always be playing on their minds. They will come under that much more pressure. Was that really neeeded?

  • sandeep on January 23, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    i need the bangladeshi fans to wake up and see the truth .sehwag is a very frank and honest cricketer.In ipl-1 he said that deccan chargers have a very weak bowling attack and if its his day nobody can stop him.i was a bit angry on the statement of sehwag like "how arrogant he is". but soon i realized that what he spoke was justified.thats how sehwag is.try to take it in a good way

  • sandeep on January 23, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    i need the bangladeshi fans to wake up and see the truth .sehwag is a very frank and honest cricketer.In ipl-1 he said that deccan chargers have a very weak bowling attack and if its his day nobody can stop him.i was a bit angry on the statement of sehwag like "how arrogant he is". but soon i realized that what he spoke was justified.thats how sehwag is.try to take it in a good way

  • junaid on January 23, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    @kal07 Spot on mate! Even being a Pakistan fan, my favourite cricketer is Sehwag precisely for the way he is, the way he plays, and of course his interviews are one of a kind! Just like see ball hit ball is his motto, same as to questions in interviews.

  • Harish on January 23, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    I truly believe Sehwag spoke honestly not arrogantly. It was just blown out of proportion and media made him a villain.

  • Nitin Munjal on January 23, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    There's no doubt that Bangladesh is still lack consistency & sting in their bowling attack, everybody knows. They r improving day by day, I think Sehwag shouldn't be this much harsh on the Bangladeshi boys. Good Luck Both Shakib & Sehwag (Dhoni)

  • sri on January 23, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    Hmmmmm, why is Sehwag's frank assessment taken by Bangladeshis as ungentlemanly, "not in spirit", " "meant to demoralize an upcoming team" etc. ? Look at the record of the man's speeches abt other teams and then decide!

  • Jay on January 23, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    Would Sehwag say the same thing for his bowlers if India is taking on Australia or SA? Will he have the guts then to open up to the media saying "India cannot take 20 Aussie wickets" Its good to be straight forward but as long as you are always that way.

  • sajia on January 23, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    Well,some guys are telling it sehwag's courage.but its not,it is stupidity.becouse any game is full of adventure and anything can be happened anytime;cricket consists more of it.So,Mr. sehvag,try to leave effrontery.

  • Izzy_Abedin on January 23, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    This being a gentleman's game and all, theres still definately room for honesty; this is sports, afterall. But as for Sehwag and many sub-continental captains, the oxford dictionary couldn't hurt to read. Imagine Ricky Ponting came out and said "We'll beat England 5-0 in the next Ashes, because we're that damn good". As true as those words are, its not the way to address things in the English language. Big part of captancy is to keep your own weight and not appear foolish.

  • Bis on January 23, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    yes sehwag is a great player and simple, uncomplicated etc. But does that make him a great captain? I think not. A captain and leader needs other qualities - a great captain can be a mediocre player eg: Mike Brearley. And a great player can be a mediocre captain - eg: Tendulkar. As a captain, you need a more rounded perspective on the game and greater sensitivity to the context around you. The fact is that Bangladesh has been apallingly treated by India - they have not even been allowed to play a single test match in India. Even Sri Lanka were allowed to play "unofficial" tests against India before they gained test match status. Bangladesh are an improving side and now have some world class players including an all rounder India would love to have. The fact that the "no 1 cricket team in the world" treats its neighbour so shabbily betrays an insensitivity towards nurturing new talent and emerging nations which will hurt cricket in the long run.

  • Sree on January 23, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    To those who was hurt by our captain' word , I dont think the captain/we have anything against the banglas. Bet he would say the same against a low-tier ranji team - why wouldn't he/why didnt a sachin or dravid say the same what Mr captain said? Think! Obviously , he said is stupid but guess whoz holding the mics.And as far as cricket is concerned , as somebody said "Its only a damn game of cricket". So , pls move on.

  • Brian on January 23, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    Typical sub continental teary emotional filled response to a forthright comment made by a captain. Everyone knows Viru speaks his mind like he plays his cricket. Not sure about some of the comments about trying to support an upcoming cricketing nation and the like. The only ones who can support the Bangladesh team are the 11 guys on the field who have to play quality cricket to win. Stuff the rest.

  • arjun on January 23, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    love it or hate it, sehwag has guts to say what he feels. He has said many things past and never once he was proven wrong. As things stand today sehwag is more than 100% right. Things might change tomorrow and every nation improves. If bangladesh improves it is very good for cricket. For example sri lanka did improve in last decade or so. If bangladesh improves i do not think that his comments are going to come to bite him. He will still be regarded as one who speaks his mind.

    Lets hope this pushes bangladesh to improve.

  • Milind on January 23, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    VS is rather an uncomplicated entity. His interviews are as straightforward as his shot selection, though both would be difficult to imitate. A perfect stand-in captain in absence of MS.

  • Mohamed Anees on January 23, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    Shewag comments are as simple as his batting. I admire his straightforwardness.

  • Razib Sarwar on January 23, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    We think shevag has learnt his lesson as bangla team has answered him by cricket. such a stupid comments we have never seen and also never told by any cricketer in this cricketing world. we think shevag is out from this gentleman game as he is not a gentle man as he did not have any curtsy to respest other team.. Bangla team has cut his wings as he thought he is the best batsaman in the world and a team like bangla will never take his wicket... Pittyyy on viru''...

  • Md. Nahid Rahman on January 23, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    Bangladesh could be a less powerful cricket team than India but shewag has no right to say these type of words.

  • bharath on January 23, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    ha mr. hughes has got his due of "applause". criticize any indian and we all start to crib and this time mr.hughes has some kind words for sehwag and hence he is all of a sudden a star. This article is not aptly named as it contains more of mr. hughes waking up at 5 rather then speak about sehwag.i am sure bangladesh is no more an ordinary team. im sure in a decade's time, they will be a much improved side.

  • nishant on January 23, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    Sehwag should be thanked by Bangladesh cricket team for showing them the mirror..cumon guys we all know what he said was 100% correct, still we are going after him..as a +ve side it spurred the lifeless bangla cricket..

  • Rajeev on January 23, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    Loved reading your article,you made me entirely change my view of Sehwag.

  • Suraj Bharat on January 23, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    At the end of the day, its a game please. Lets not get carried away into thinking that it is a matter of life&death. Pls dont make much ado about Sehwag's remarks. He stated facts as it stood then. It made the Bangladeshi team rise up to the occasion to try and prove him wrong and made for a very good game. Let's not see too many ulterior motives into such remarks

  • Ramanna Rai on January 23, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    Sehwag was spot on ,he only said about status of Bangladesh in test cricket and not other forms of cricket ,why so much fuss about such a staright-forwrd genuine comment. Also crickt is a game of realitities, not just about fantasy and so called encouragement to weaker teams for ages!!!!

  • Ragib on January 23, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    I just want to take you back in 2007 world cup.India was defeated by a young "Ordinary" Bangladesh Team. Sehwag must forgot that by this time.Ofcourse Bangladesh is not an extra-ordinary team but India had to lose twice to this team in last six years.And we all know what happened in their first innings last week.

  • Pallab on January 23, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    well, only Sehwag's comment creates a challange to Bangladeshi players and created some interest about the match.

  • Vinodh on January 23, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    Hi Andrew!

    I personally thought the Bangladesh Played out of their skins to put up this performance. Everyone (I suppose that includes you) were expecting it to be an Innings victory for Team India. But the Tigers fought bravely and eventually surrendered to the Mightiness of India. However if you think about it, if that Interview would not have been there or rather those comments, the Media would not have hyped this Mis-match between the topsided and the last ranked side. Hence I would say that statement from Viru has certainly added the Indian Spicy masala to the Bland tasteless Dish served for Patients. Your thoughts please???

  • Arifur Rahman shuvo on January 23, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi and i want to thank sehwag for his comment.His comment force Bangladeshi player perform well.But after taking 18 wicket if you say 'They still can't get 20 wicket',that is very demoralizing.Keep in mind that india managed to take only 1 run lead in 1st innings and both team played in same bad condition.Of course india is better team,but do not heart whole nation by saying stupid things sehwag.Remember Bangladesh eliminates indian from 1st round of 2007 World cup by beating them comprehensively.

  • VILAS DOLAS on January 23, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    i think what sehwag's remark regarding bangladesh team was correct and he is a simple and straitforward person like his batting he just try to show the mirror to bangladesh team,but unfortunatly indian batters failed in first inning,now its in indias batters who should prove that sehwas was right.and for bangladesh they should be patient with there shot selection it will help them to draw more games and probly help them win as well.

  • Praveen Kumar on January 23, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    I think if you throw any ball on sehwag he plays what his heart say, like if you ask him, anything he reply straight from heart, he is honest man, who don't know how to use the art of words. he should have said, BanglaDesh is a Very good, site we are not taking them lightly, they have a gud buch of old & young players etc. etc. which everybody knows is not correct. sorry for sehwaag, but these things should not said publically, if sentiments of people hurt thats not the motive of this game. but honesty is a big thing.

  • ash on January 23, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    Wow! what a way to get a very busy orthopaedic surgeon into watching 'boring' test matches between 2 ordinary teams at the extremes of the league table. Mr H you are a genious sir. I am confident that I will now be watching all the games...just to see when big V has to eat h. pie -ash

  • mohammed on January 23, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    Sebug is a real moran !

  • Anonymous on January 23, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    sehwag comment about bangladesh is not player atitude.He know Bangladesh is very weak team in test arian, He should say that ,they dont understamate bangladesh & they care about BD

  • Nikhil K. Shah on January 23, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    V is always a straight forward talker. Journalists knew this and capitalized the opportunity. I believe people need to realize that this technique is used by England, Australia and South Africa on numerous occassion to gain control over the other teams. As an adult, such comments only bring best out of the ordinary...look at B'desh performance. If B'desh wants to be a team to be recognized in near future, B'desh public need to wake up and smell roses and stop complaining about V's behaviour is NOT Gentlemen like!

  • Anonymous on January 23, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    sehwag comment about bangladesh is not player atitude.He know Bangladesh is very weak team in test arian, He should say that ,they dont understamate bangladesh & they care about BD

  • Ramanthan Arjunan on January 23, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    Hi all Bangladeshi fans..I dont think is anything wrong Virendar said.I dont know why he should not say this being a captain to No.1 team.Whats wrong in he said.Did ever this Bangla bowling attack has won a match in Perth agains Aussies or in Durban against South Africa or in chennai against india or even against any big team in their home soil???? No.So how can he treat this bowling attack as quality attack to get 20 wicket in a test match and that too against the team has such a formidable batting line up.And if you are up and against the big teams and if you looking for a win then you should have courage to take these words.No team in world will come to bangladesh and encourage them to win against them.Even though its a gentlemen game no one will excurse india if it will loose against team like bangladesh.Even teams like india,pakistan,srilanka came through this phase.They worked hard and proved to the other cricket nations.Come on guys...you bangla fans take this right spirit.

  • Selim Ahmed on January 23, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    Cricket is an uncertain game, until last ball it's difficult to say who will win the match. Therefore, I would like to suggest Indian cricket captain Mr. Sehwag to think properly before make any comment against the opposition team. Otherwise, he will loose his own reputation as a cricketer...

  • D N Prahlad on January 23, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    Sehwag stated the obvious. Perhaps, this was his way of getting Bangladesh all fired up to make an interesting series. I have never seen Bangladesh perform this well before, except for that test in Pakistan.

    Well, the diplomats have not achieved much, Viru has.

    Keep it up Viru, I love your attitude.

  • NV on January 23, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    @Murad: Sehwag will definitely say it to US or even to extra terrestrials if they are there and if they played cricket. Its about honesty and speaking your mind. He was asked a question if Bangladesh would pose a threat and he said what he felt... Everybody is entitled to his/ her opinion. And, this is my opinion, take it or leave it; if you have a problem about it go jump.

  • hankmoody on January 23, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    "I suppose it shows how upside down the world is these days, that when a man gives a straight answer to a straight question, he is regarded either as a villain or an eccentric."

    Thank you, I was waiting for someone on cricinfo to point out the fact, funny that it should come on your column that's supposed to be funny. :)

  • Dibaloke on January 23, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    I would like to give credit to Viru for his honest comments. its been quite sometime that we Bangladeshis are playing test cricket and the same excuse of being young can not stand anymore. however, i am proud of the boys as they have accepted the challange and showed their teeth. i hope the scar will be deeper for the mighty Indians in the following games. Hughes has rightfully mentioned, its 1-0 for the tigers. keep up the spirit, time to show your nails!

  • Mahesh on January 23, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    I agree with some of the comments here, no need for Bangla fans to get offended, If they want to prove V wrong do it in the cricket filed...in fact those comments worked for them, i do not see their bowlers fired up like they were in the first innings had V not said those lines...

  • Chandu on January 23, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    You should understand what Viru is all about before you hear his interview.If anyone asks him what Bangladesh teams progress...He will straight away say what he had said while even the aussies sugar coat their words while talking about any team.But Viru gives straight answers and they didn't like this.May be Dhoni could have done some good job ;).I appeal to to bangladeshi fans not to misunderstand him after all it is his words that inspired them to play that extra bit!!

  • indian on January 23, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    what the hell the bangladeshi cricket fans are thinking about...what sehwag said was an honest confession...and regarding that attitude rank by one of the bangladeshi cricket fan for the indian team was funny...he is saying that in cricket(err gentlemen game)telling the truth is an offence....leave apart man,just concentrate on the game ..those off_field controversies will never help the great game of cricket....thank you andrew for your wonderful coloumn.....

  • himu on January 23, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    a person can be a very good batsman, can be a very good bowler or a very good all rounder. but a person never can be CRICKET GOD!! at my point of view u can play with bat or ball but cant play with others future.

  • Venkataraghavan V on January 23, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    Viru shares his B day with me (yes, am exactly 5 yrs younger to him) and I know what being frank and straight-forward is all about. I know people whom I've stunned too. And I too have been misunderstood on a lot of occasions. C'mon Viru. Lets be the way we are. Lets not change for anyone else. People who comment do not see the other side. I can empathize with you mate.

  • kgakr on January 23, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Moreover, Monty Ahmed Feras, which Bangla player can be considered Gentleman? I reckon they are SOFTMEN!

  • vajapeyam suresh on January 23, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    virus comment was rustic.both he and harbhajan,brag a lot,without matching performance on the field.its a pity that they have not learnt humility,despite sharing dressingroom with the likes of sachin,dravid &kumble.fellows should know that they represent a great country &are being watched by millions.They should ensure that their actions speak lounder than their words

  • kgakr on January 23, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    Hey Monty Ahmed Feras,

    Which part of the word "GENTLEMAN" says - you cannot be a straight forward character? It's bemusing indeed!

  • Rajiv on January 23, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    Well..I would definitely say that it is blown out of proportion in the sense that sehwag is jus a cricket player. he is not that educated (I'm not saying that all the cricketers r uneducated but sehwag surely is. He is not a philosopher, poet or a doctor,lawyer etc. etc... he's merely a cricketer who perhaps spend his childhood playing cricket in the streets. Hence, no need to gve importance of what he has said or is saying.

  • MUNIR on January 23, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    Bangladesh will overcome very soon...... and give a tooth-breaking answer to V. Shewag

  • John on January 23, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    We need more 'Virender Sehwag' type personalities in our game, players who talk straight, shoot from the hip and bat the same way. Also, if Geoff Boycott saw this test match you could be guaranteed that he would have quite frankly commented that his grandmother had a better batting technique than some of the batsmen.

  • Abhijit on January 23, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    I think Sehwag's comment was fair gamesmanship (in fact tame) for the current era. There is some arrogance, of course, since he obviously feels that the Tigers have no bite even with bulletin board material provided. It did provide an inspired performance from B'desh bowlers on the first morning, but the skill level is just not there to follow that up with a real drubbing (which is what he would have suffered Down Under or in SA). Trash-talking against poor opposition is lame, in a way. There really was minimal risk of defeat. The same "straight talk" against antipodian opposition would have probably led to defeat and made Sehwag a villain in the eyes of subcontinental media for rattling the cage of the opposition.

    As far as "non-gentlemanly conduct", this was really innocuous. That cat is already out of the bag with the Aussies. As for not supporting an "up and coming team", the Tigers are now playing with the big boys. As they say, if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen

  • J= on January 23, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    Andrew, I echo your thoughts. I guess today, only answer one should give is, "Oh they have really good bowling attack, it will be a tough test match". If media and people just want a question to be answered in way they wanna hear it, why ask, just write about it without asking.

    Truth is Bangladesh is a good team and no they dont have attack that can consistently take 20 wickets that too on subcontinent, non dusty, non grassy, with absolutely no life/twist or spike wickets.

    Yes it was politically incorrect answer, but atleast it was an honest one. Though I do wish him to be less honest next time.

    So next time someone asks him what he thinks of Ashraful, hope he says, he is wonderful batsman and broke all records and our bowlers are scared of him (though we know him as a talented batsman, who never implement it at top level).

  • Khusro Mir on January 23, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    If it was 1-0 to Sehwag I would be surprised. You forget the small fact that Sehwag declared. He didn't declare with around 9 wickets left and a lead of 500. He declared with 2 wicket left. I wonder why. At the rate Bangladesh were going, the bowlers would be out in 15 minutes at most. But Sehwag declared. Fear? Embarrassment? Beating around the bush maybe something that is annoying but it is something the Indians have been doing much of recently (hello IPL and co., denying Pakistan due to "security reasons") therefore I wonder what the real reason was.

  • Mohit on January 23, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    Mr Hughes.. I didnt think much into it as to what Sehwag said. But i observed the implications. 1) People will long rembere Chittagong(incluidng the spell) 2) The match got more than expected viewers 3) The peroformance Bangladesh put wud make them believe that they are not lacking in talent but may be mtoivation or aggression.. 4) It made Indian bowling come to off ages. 5) Last but not least though i was traveling and didnot have internet , i was buying newspapers just for the Sports Page:P

    Cher$ @ Lyfe!! Mohit!!

  • Bishnu on January 23, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    bangladeshi cricket and people must give credit to Sehwag that it was only those strong words that motivated them and did fairly well...its a sports,sports person must answer through their game,if you get hurt if your opponent challenges you than just go home and sleep on your mother's lap.We(indian cricket fan)must than to Australia,only coz of their attitude towards us motivted us to do well against them recently...so Bangladesh fan,plz give credit to Sehwag and take his word as a challenge..will be good for your cricket.

  • Vish on January 23, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    I am a hard core fan of Sehwag just because he is a straight forward person be it in batting or talking the truth. He just believes in what the truth is and never tries to hide it just because of the media. He believes in what he says and theres nothing wrong about it. But ask yourself, if you were to comment on how good the bangaladeah team is, what would be your true answer? Sehwag just is a straight forward person and he is the best in batting because he does not have two faces in life.

  • murad on January 23, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    What a shame it is. Cricket is now turning to a stupidmens game from gentlemens ,the way sehwag is remarking very soon cricket will loose its spirit. No big nations will get interest in, we afraid if the oponent will be USA is Mr.shewag show his so called courage and pass that remark to demoralise & upcoming cricket nation.

  • Abbas on January 23, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    I think the people of B'desh should take V's word in the right spirit. No need to get offended if somebody shows you the mirror.If something similar is said about the Indian football team by the b'desh football capt its pat. so guys just chill and take V the way he come. Wham bam thank you mam..:-)

  • rahul on January 23, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    sevag is a JACKASS!!

  • Raj on January 23, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    Sehwag plays from his heart, so does he speak. He is a simple guy. I hope this statement from sehwag will push Bangladesh to raise their game and win. Shewag will be the first one to come forward and say "I was wrong".

  • Shafi Ahmed Suchak on January 23, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    All of we like Sehwag. We think he must be careful in his talking. Anything could happen. Even Bangladesh could take twenty wickets as well. Yes Indian Cricket Team is much better than Bangladeshi Cricket Team, no question on that. But at least we need to talk with respect to other team. Because it is not a boxing game or a Football match. It is only cricket match (Test). It has a different name and fame. Nothing more I want to say.

  • Govind on January 23, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    Mr Hughes, I fully agree to you that its one nil Mr Sehwag. What he said was true and correct. No doubt about what he said about the opposition teams. It was one of bad days when out team batting colapsed minus the Genious Sachin. Moreever the pitch and weather was more to be blamed for the same on the first day of the test. Keep it up Mr Sehwag and always speak ur mind like the way u had done the other day.

  • remauld on January 23, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    andrew how much are the indians paying you to write these stuff??

  • Affie on January 23, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Very nice post, Andrew! And much appreciate your genuine passion for cricket (as cricket is just not about the top-ranked nations or county season). I think Shewag has learnt his lesson and will be very careful about saying something stupid again in future. I believe Bangladesh cricket is rising and it has a lot to offer in coming days.

  • ajay on January 23, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    i like his attitude towards press as simple as his batting.uncluttered see as it is.

  • segars on January 23, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    Mr Hughes you should be writing a masterpiece novel. What a gifted writing flare! Chitta-what??? That cracked me up. Lovely article, good review. Keep em coming. Cheers

  • Prabodh Sehajpal on January 23, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    very nicely written piece. I would urge Mr Hughes to compile the suggested DVD I would surely buy that one. Regarding Sehwag's comment, I would only say that it better not to motivate your opposition by rubbing them the wrong way. Sehawag's comments are though understandable.

  • sankar on January 23, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Andrew, You are Spot On! Some times in sub-continent people want sugar coated words. Viru is always known for his honesty and straight forward approach!

  • Prem on January 23, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    True mate !There is a huge misconception that those were words of arrogance from sehwag which is so untrue. Viru is just too frank and i can't see him saying stuff like "yeah bangla has been improving lately in tests or they have got a good young side and in the coming years they will become a great side" - because none of these are true everybody knows that !!!

    Kudos sehwag remain the same !!

  • Mosaddaque Ally on January 23, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    It was not even a glim of hope that Bangladesh would beat Mighty India, being No.1 ranked,but the way a great player like V. Sehwag commented was not like a Captain of a world class team but revealed his own meanness.It's no more a game of Gentleman. Bangladesh need support from all to prosper and that should have the case. Instead he tried to demoralise and in the process heart the nation. Now, you want to gave him credit is upto your good self but I would call it shear STUPIDITY. It's a game regardless the result but the spirit is the most to be considered and Bangladesh showed that maturity what the great Team India failed to exibit. Their test rank is NO.1 but the attitude rank is No.10. What a shame!!

  • Ganapati on January 23, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    The war of the words before test matches and mentle games were nothing new. The Sehwag's comments can only be taken in those contexts. Even if it was told straight from the heart, well thats what everybody believed except Bangladesh fans I suppose.

  • P.Satish on January 23, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Yes, it's interesting that we live in a strange world of diplomacy. However, I believe what would have passed off an honest assessment was blown out of proportion by Cricinfo. They ran the "ordinary" story long after India had taken control of the test. Almost tabloid-like.

  • Monty Ahmed Feras on January 23, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    HI Andrew,

    Thanks for your nice thoughtful writing. I am a Bangladeshi and love to see Shewag cricket too. I also love to hear the honest straight answers from people. Having said that we always consider cricket as a gentlemen's game first. And what Shewag said about Bangladesh during the interview could not be said by any gentleman cricketer.

  • Matt on January 23, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Fianlly a captain who does not beat around the bushes and come up with canned answer. Tired of old school press conferences. V is a fresh breez. Please do not stop V.

  • kal07 on January 23, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    rofl. I would definitely buy that DVD. I don't think there ever has been a guy like Sehwag. See question, hit question.

  • tushar on January 23, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    andrew,you have said what i wanted to say about sehwag, he is a simple guy who doesnt believe in sugar coating his words and apparantly thats not what people like to hear nowdays

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  • tushar on January 23, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    andrew,you have said what i wanted to say about sehwag, he is a simple guy who doesnt believe in sugar coating his words and apparantly thats not what people like to hear nowdays

  • kal07 on January 23, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    rofl. I would definitely buy that DVD. I don't think there ever has been a guy like Sehwag. See question, hit question.

  • Matt on January 23, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Fianlly a captain who does not beat around the bushes and come up with canned answer. Tired of old school press conferences. V is a fresh breez. Please do not stop V.

  • Monty Ahmed Feras on January 23, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    HI Andrew,

    Thanks for your nice thoughtful writing. I am a Bangladeshi and love to see Shewag cricket too. I also love to hear the honest straight answers from people. Having said that we always consider cricket as a gentlemen's game first. And what Shewag said about Bangladesh during the interview could not be said by any gentleman cricketer.

  • P.Satish on January 23, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Yes, it's interesting that we live in a strange world of diplomacy. However, I believe what would have passed off an honest assessment was blown out of proportion by Cricinfo. They ran the "ordinary" story long after India had taken control of the test. Almost tabloid-like.

  • Ganapati on January 23, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    The war of the words before test matches and mentle games were nothing new. The Sehwag's comments can only be taken in those contexts. Even if it was told straight from the heart, well thats what everybody believed except Bangladesh fans I suppose.

  • Mosaddaque Ally on January 23, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    It was not even a glim of hope that Bangladesh would beat Mighty India, being No.1 ranked,but the way a great player like V. Sehwag commented was not like a Captain of a world class team but revealed his own meanness.It's no more a game of Gentleman. Bangladesh need support from all to prosper and that should have the case. Instead he tried to demoralise and in the process heart the nation. Now, you want to gave him credit is upto your good self but I would call it shear STUPIDITY. It's a game regardless the result but the spirit is the most to be considered and Bangladesh showed that maturity what the great Team India failed to exibit. Their test rank is NO.1 but the attitude rank is No.10. What a shame!!

  • Prem on January 23, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    True mate !There is a huge misconception that those were words of arrogance from sehwag which is so untrue. Viru is just too frank and i can't see him saying stuff like "yeah bangla has been improving lately in tests or they have got a good young side and in the coming years they will become a great side" - because none of these are true everybody knows that !!!

    Kudos sehwag remain the same !!

  • sankar on January 23, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Andrew, You are Spot On! Some times in sub-continent people want sugar coated words. Viru is always known for his honesty and straight forward approach!

  • Prabodh Sehajpal on January 23, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    very nicely written piece. I would urge Mr Hughes to compile the suggested DVD I would surely buy that one. Regarding Sehwag's comment, I would only say that it better not to motivate your opposition by rubbing them the wrong way. Sehawag's comments are though understandable.