“Sehwag who?” »: Shakib Al Hasan brutally owns India after being told he should retire from Bangladesh cricket

Veteran Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan on Friday responded to criticism from former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag after leading the Asian team to a 25-run win over the Netherlands at the Arnos Vale Ground, in Kingstown in St Vincent. Shakib scored a match-winning knock on an unbeaten 46-ball 64 to help Bangladesh one step closer to securing a place in the Super Eight stage of the Group D T2O World Cup.

Shakib Al Hasan's viral reaction to Virender Sehwag's criticism
Shakib Al Hasan's viral reaction to Virender Sehwag's criticism

The 37-year-old has had an unforgettable start to the season. T20 World Cup. He failed to pick up wickets in matches against Sri Lanka and South Africa while scoring eight and three runs respectively. Sehwag lashed out at the senior cricketer, saying that Shakib should be ashamed of his performance and instead retire from the sport.

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“You are such an experienced player, you have been captain before, but your stats are. You should be ashamed of yourself and just declare that you are withdrawing from the T20 format,” Sehwag had told Cricbuzz after Bangladesh's four-run loss to the Proteas in New York on Monday.

“If he (Shakib) was included in the team for his experience, then we didn't get to see him. At least spend some time at this wicket, it's not like you are (Matthew) Hayden or (Adam) Gilchrist who can play a pull shot off a short ball, you are just a Bangladesh player . Play to your standards. When you are not able to play hook or draw, just play the shots you know,” he added.

On Thursday, after Shakib's match-winning strike, the former Bangladesh captain was asked in the post-match press conference about Sehwag's criticism, and he interrupted the question by asking: “Who?”

The senior all-rounder responded strongly to the question, saying that a player's responsibility is not to respond to criticism. However, he understood Sehwag's point of view and added that the discussions around his form and place in the team were only natural considering his meager performances in the first two matches.

“A player never comes to answer questions,” Shakib retorted. “A player's job is to bat for the team if he is a batsman and contribute to the team. If he is a bowler, his job is to bowl well. Wicketkeeping is all about luck. If he is a defender, he must save every point and take as many catches as he can. Here, in fact, there is nothing to answer to anyone.

“I think it's important for a current player (to see) how much he can contribute to his team. When he can't contribute, naturally there will be discussions and I don't think that's a bad thing. thing,” he said. added.

Bangladesh will face Nepal in their final Group D match on Sunday. If they win, they are guaranteed a spot in the Super-Eight. If they lose, they will expect Sri Lanka to beat Netherlands.

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