‘This Indian B team can even defeat the Indian team in England’ – Virender Sehwag lambasts Arjuna Ranatunga for his ‘B’ team remark
Virender Sehwag said that such is the talent in Indian cricket that one single team is not enough.
Updated - Jul 18, 2021 5:45 pm
Former Sri Lankan cricketer Arjuna Ranatunga had stated that a second-string Indian team will take on Sri Lanka in the limited-overs series, and had even blasted the Sri Lankan cricket board for agreeing to play a series with an Indian side without its regular cricketing superstars.
The likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Rishabh Pant are not a part of the Indian side that will take on Sri Lanka. But then, former Indian batting legend Virender Sehwag does not agree with Ranatunga and has blasted the Sri Lankan cricketer for his remarks.
Sehwag opined that Ranatunga was rude in stating that India’s B team will play against Sri Lanka. The ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ even opined that such is the strength of Indian cricket today, that no Indian team can be labeled as a B team. Sehwag also said that such is the talent in Indian cricket that one single team is not enough.
“Arjuna Ranatunga was a bit rude in saying that. He might have thought this is a ‘B’ team but the strength of Indian cricket is such that you can send any team and it won’t be a ‘B’ team. This is perhaps the benefit of the IPL, we have so much talent that we can’t accumulate in a single team. This team is equally talented,” said Sehwag in a chat with Cricbuzz.
If India had not gone to Sri Lanka, SLC would have lost funds and sponsorships: Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag further stated that if the players in the Indian squad for the series against Sri Lanka play a match against the Indian players in England, they can even defeat the side that is currently in England in a few matches.
The 42-year-old also opined that the Sri Lankan cricket board should be grateful to the BCCI, for if the Indian side had not agreed to play against Sri Lanka, then the SLC would have lost a lot of funds and sponsorships.
“What he’s calling a ‘B’ team – which we don’t accept – if they play against the current players in England, they will defeat them in a few games too. I don’t think this is a ‘B’ team. The Sri Lankan board should instead thank the Indian board for even sending the team. They (BCCI) could have easily said, ‘We are unavailable, let’s have this tour sometime else’.
They should be at least grateful for this team which will financially help the board and its players. If the Indian team had not gone there, they (SLC) would have lost the funds and sponsorships for all six games,” concluded Sehwag.