Sehwag satisfied after taming Tigers
Virender Sehwag savoured taking revenge on Bangladesh with a thrilling century in India’s 87-run victory in the opening match of the World Cup in Mirpur.
Sehwag kicked off the tournament with a mighty 175 off 140 balls and put on 203 for the third wicket with fellow centurion Virat Kohli as India won the battle of the co-hosts.
India were keen to prove a point against their sub-continental neighbours after being knocked out of the last World Cup by Bangladesh in the group stage.
Sehwag, who has been a vocal critic of Bangladesh’s cricketing pedigree in the lonnger form, reiterated his view following his side’s win, but acknowledged the Tigers were a competitive side in the shorter format of the game.
“I have said this is a revenge game and we have won it,” the 32-year-old said.
“I have said earlier also that Bangladesh are not good in Tests, but they can compete in ODIs,” the dashing opener added.
“I was looking to bat long. My target was to get a 100 in 30 overs and then go on.”
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni singled out fielding as the “area of concern” and hoped the six-day gap before the next game will help some of his team members to regain their fitness.
“We did well in the bowling and batting departments. But fielding is a big area of concern,” he said.
“All the good teams are also good fielding sides. While fielding, we will want to save around ten runs.”
When asked about the match-winning partnership between Sehwag and Kohli, he added: “(That) partnership was important and helped us to stabilise the innings. It was difficult to bat on a slow pitch in the afternoon. But someone had to stay in the middle until the end and that’s what Sehwag did.
“As a team we fight injuries, so it is good to have a long break before the next game."
Bangladesh skipper Shakib al Hasan admitted Sehwag took the game away from his side.
“We bowled too many bad balls which went for boundaries. In fact, it was Sehwag who took the game away from us,” he explained.
“The fast bowlers did not execute their plans. They were a bit rusty.”