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Bangladesh veteran Shakib Al Hasan responded to former India opener Virender Sehwag’s criticism after Bangladesh registered a 25-run win over Netherlands in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. On June 13, the Bangla Tigers took down their Dutch counterparts in the Match 27 at Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St Vincent. The game saw Bangladesh all-rounder registering crucial 64 runs off 46 balls to guide the side to a win and bolster their Super 8 chances. 

Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag had questioned Shakib’s place in the team due to his poor run and said that he should have retired. After Bangladesh’s defeat against South Africa in New York, Sehwag had told Cricbuzz, “You are such an experienced player, you have been captain before, but your stats are such. You should feel ashamed of yourself and just declare that you are retiring from the T20 format.” 

There is nothing to answer to anyone: Shakib Al Hasan responds to Sehwag’s criticism

After the match, when Shakib was quizzed by a journalist about Sehwag’s remarks, he said “who” made the comments before stating that he doesn’t want to answer anyone. He said during the post-match press conference, “A player never comes (enters the field) to answer anyone else. A player’s task is to bat if he is a batter, contribute to the team, bowl well if he is a bowler as getting wickets sometimes also depends on luck, and if he is a fielder then to save runs and take the catches that come his way.” 

The former Bangladesh skipper added, “There is nothing to answer to anyone. I think when a current player is not being able to contribute to the team as much as is expected of him then it usually invites a lot of questions, and I don’t think it is a very bad thing.”

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