Abdullah in Bengaluru for the historic Afghanistan-India test match

Posted June 16, 2018

Afghanistan is playing its first ever Test match against no.1-ranked India in the historic one-off Test at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday.

Afghanistan have become one of only 12 nations sanctioned to play Tests, the five-day format considered cricket´s peak, after defying heavy odds to emerge as a force in the game.

For the hosts sans regular skipper Virat Kohli, wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik made a comeback to the Test side after nearly eight years.

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On the very first day of the historic Test match between India and Afghanistan, an interesting record was achieved which was never done by any Indian player. "We have worked hard over the last couple of days for this and we will do our best". The cricket authorities in Afghanistan and Pakistan, could join hands, in their efforts to bring worldwide cricket back to their respective countries. "Yes, as I mentioned, every member of a team feels their team is much better, but on that given day it's important what your mindset is and how you handle pressure". "He hasn't played Test cricket, so we need to look and see what happens but I am sure he will come out as best spinner in the Test match", the former West Indies opener said.

Several Afghan cricket players received training and coaching from Indian coaches in their formative years.

India went to tea at 248 for one, as rain played a spoilsport to halt the game.

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Afghan stars Rashid and Mujeeb enjoyed fruitful campaigns in the IPL, playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab respectively. Hope he extracts a great deal from his first call-up to the Indian team.

And Indian batsman Karun Nair, famed for his triple century in his third Test against England in 2016, cast doubt on Stanikzai's claim of spin superiority. Skill-wise it won't make a difference, but our attitude matters, if you have to make a quick switch in terms of mindset from T20 to Test cricket. "His experience, his form - the way he was batting in the Asia Cup especially and also in the IPL. his experience playing those domestic games [will help us]. The batsmen will take their own time to play and the main thing is that a bowler has to keep patience, bowl a lot of spells and that has to be seen whether they can do it in a Test match", Rajput concluded. They expect us to perform well because recently Afghanistan performed really well in the T20s and ODIs.

They have all possible options and strong spin department - left-arm wristspinner bowler in Zahir Khan, mystery spinners in Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan's leg spin, conventional finger spinners and all-round options in Mohammad Nabi and Amir Hamza.

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