Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Afghanistan join Test ranks with maiden tie against India

Karun Nair India Ranji Trophy India's Nair reacts at Afghan skipper Stanikzai bold statement on spinners
Cassandra Castillo | 14 June, 2018, 08:45

So we still had 12-13 players who were training with red ball, and they've been doing the right things. Most of our matches are live on social media so they are coming through.

The Bengaluru pitch is expected to have some grass on it, but Simmons hopes it will assist the spinners.

When you practice it against a left-arm spinner you learn how to play him. So it's case where they are disappointed that he's not playing but at the same time.a little bit of happiness, having to bowl at him all the time is not going to be nice.

Putting speculations to rest, the team fielded all three openers - Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, K. L. Rahul. With Mohammed Shami again sidelined, the pace bowlers pick themselves.

And even before that they will have to counter the disconcerting bounce generated by Ishant Sharma and the pace worked up by Umesh Yadav.

For Navdeep Saini, this Test has probably come too soon, but we'll be seeing and hearing a lot more of him. "Each and every Test counts and we need to win this one", Rahane said. "Skill-wise, it won't make a difference, but our attitude [towards training] matters, if you have to make a quick switch in terms of our mindset from T20s to Test cricket".

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Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons, however, added that Kohli's absence won't take anything away from the historic occasion.

"As the home team, it is important to play to our strengths". The national anthems of both teams were played and the first-ever Afghan XIstrode out to the middle of the Chinnaswamy stadium in a truly historic moment.

"The mood back home is that they are very positive and supportive and looking forward for the best performance". They expect us to perform well because recently Afghanistan performed really well in T20 and one day internationals and their expectation will be the same for Tests. Along with the anticipation, there will also be a twinge of regret, mixed with some relief.

"I think there will always be a little bit of disappointment in the players in not being on the same cricket field as Virat, especially". Not only is it the start of the FIFAWorld Cup 2018 in Russian Federation, but it is the day where Afghanistan, the 12th nation to be awarded Test status, make their debut on the grand stage with a Test match against India at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. We don't beat Virat.

Khan, the top T20 bowler in ICC rankings, took the Indian Premier League by storm with his 21 wickets for runners-up Sunrisers Hyderabad, and mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman also impressed in the cash-rich tournament. We are happy to be here and playing India.

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