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Aussies are famous at sledging: Sehwag

Canberra, Jan 12 (UNI) Virtually giving a warning, hard hitting batsman Virender Sehwag today said if Indian players are sledged they would not feel shy to give it back to their counterparts.

''We just want to come and play cricket. If they say something, we will also talk back,'' Sehwag told Star Cricket Accusing Australians that they are famous at sledging, he said ''if they start it, we will not be quiet. And that's how it should be, why should we be quiet?'' However, Sehwag hopes that there would be no sledging in the Perth Test, which begins on Wednesday, but he also admits that the team would respond if it happens.

Meanwhile, Virender Sehwag has come out in full support of Harbhajan Singh, saying he believed Harbhajan never said anything racist.

''He has not said or done anything wrong. When two people get into a argument, you end up saying a few things, but Harbhajan knows what to say and what not to say,'' Sehwag said.

However, Sehwag said a player's confidence is affected under these circumstances but the entire team was behind off-spinner.

''It's not right that you come into the spotlight for the wrong reasons. It's nice to see that Anil Kumble, the entire team and the Indian board are behind Harbhajan,'' he added.

Sympathising with the 'turbanator', Sehwag said ''he understands what Harbhajan must be going through as he was once banned for a Test in South Africa early in his career for over appealing.

''You get low on confidence. I remember wondering, what did I do to get such a punishment. I didn't know, was it because I had over appealed or upar dekne ke liye? ,'' he said.

Commenting on the controversial end of second Test played at Sydney, Sehwag said ''We were pretty angry. The Test could have been drawn and, had the decisions gone our way, we could have perhaps won it also.'' Sehwag was also disappointed that the Test would be remembered for its controversies. ''This is bad for cricket. Only controversies have been highlighted. There was some great cricket there.'' UNI XC CS RKM RN1429

Story first published: Saturday, January 12, 2008, 20:34 [IST]
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