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A Test of nerves for Afghanistan in debut against India

17 June, 2018, 09:46 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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"We all know what a tough place it is and the kind of turmoil they go through and despite that, they are able to inspire people with their performances", the 33-year-old Tamil Nadu stumper said.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Thursday the national cricket team was a source of pride to the war-ravaged country as it took on India in a historic first test match and he urged other cricketing nations to take on the team.

The Indian team will be led by Ajinkya Rahane in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli, who is resting, and are overwhelming favourites.

Rahane became Rashid Khan's maiden Test scalp while Mujeeb ur Rahman got Pujara caught at leg-gully with one that spun in sharply.

Against the World's no.1 Test side, Afghanistan's biggest challenge is putting up a decent total.

"Great preparation for the Test match against India - the morale is high", Stanikzai said.

Opening the innings for India against debutants Afghanistan the Delhi cricketer gave them a rude reality check on what longest format is all about as he notched up an 87-ball-century.

Awarded full member status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) alongside Ireland a year ago, Afghanistan became the 12th test-playing nation after first being recognised by the ICC in 2001. The result was that the day end scorecard didn't paint a sorry picture for Afghanistan something that was threatening to happen after the first two sessions.

"As President of Afghanistan, I welcome their maiden Test match against India".

India has helped in the construction of cricket stadia and grounds in Afghanistan, like in Kandahar, as part of its programme to help rebuild Afghanistan for which it has pledged $3.1 billion since 2001, said one of the three persons quoted above.

"They have seen us do well in shorter formats, and our fans will expect us to do similarly well in test cricket as well", he added.

RP Singh, a once upon a time Indian pacer has come out with praise for Saini following the latter's selection As a left-arm fast bowler RP Singh was one of the most important parts of the Indian cricket team. In two years, they have had household names [like Rashid]. As a Test team, we can not take anyone for granted because cricket is a amusing game. It's like any other test match for us.

"They attacked us in the morning, especially the spinners, and were successful in scoring quickly", Ahmadzai said.

"Right now Rashid is the most hard spinner to play around". Standing in the slips, Mohammad Shahzad was the only player urging his captain to take the review, but Stanikzai, drowned out by too many opinions, didn't pay heed.

Karthik said that value of experience can never be undermined, a testimony is a whopping 476 Test wickets between Ravichandran Ashwin (311) and Ravindra Jadeja (165 wickets).


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