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Afghanistan ready for maiden test against top-ranked India

17 June 2018
Afghanistan ready for maiden test against top-ranked India

"Glad that they have chosen to play the historic match with India".

Having won all their last six Test series at home in the previous season, the Indians are expected to sail through easily as they aim to start the season on a high and take the confidence to the five-Test rubber in England.

India is the nursery of Afghan cricket providing since 2015 a safe sanctuary to players to practice the "gentlemen's" game in a peaceful environment sans daily bombings and terrorist attacks that their native land is today known for.

The 32-year-old left-handed batsman, unbeaten at 104, became the first Indian to score a hundred before lunch on the opening day of a test, while Murali Vijay was happy to keep the scoreboard ticking with 41 not out.

Rahane, who captained Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, said it was important now for his team's players to switch mentally from T20 mode to playing in the longest format.

"Reflecting on Afganistan skipper Ashgar Stanikzai's latest statement that his side's spinners are better than Indian spinners, Rahane said", Every member will like to believe that their team is good.

"We are not ging to take Afghanistan lightly".

Modi congratulated both the cricket boards and also wished luck to India and Afghanistan for the historic Test.

Karthik further said that Afghanistan have managed to produce a lot of players from the Indian Premier League (IPL) and that he is ecstatic to see the country doing so well at the worldwide level.

Rashid Khan, conceding runs at an economy rate of 6.16 runs per over, was also hit ruthlessly, Dhawan raced to his 7th century in the 26th over of the innings, according to Business Standards.

However, now with Afghanistan qualified to play test matches, the Indian government realised it was important for their team to have its own exclusive cricket stadium which would host their worldwide matches. India's first such instance came way back in 1952 when they hosted Pakistan's debut Test in Delhi.

"We are going to focus on our strengths, our positives".

In Kohli's absence, India are most likely to call up their star spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, the world's fourth and fifth-ranked Test bowlers respectively.

Rashid, who had an terrible start to Test cricket, picked up skipper Rahane's wicket and troubled the batsmen then on. The same stadium, official sources said, has been lent to Afghanistan to serve as its official home ground where it can host global matches. They back each other, they enjoy bowling with each other even in the nets and in the match.

Dhawan looked in sublime touch right from the start, punishing the pace duo of Yamin Ahmadzai and Wafadar for glorious boundaries before sending his Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate Rashid Khan to the cleaners.