Spin-heavy Afghanistan face India in historic Test


"In Afghanistan, the brilliant thing is that a lot of the young talent that is coming through is spinners because they all follow Rashid, they follow Nabi, so because of that our spin department is very strong from below".

Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and elected to bat in what is a historic Test for Asghar Stanikzai-led Afghanistan at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Thursday.

The Delhi southpaw has now become the only Indian to score a century in the opening session of a Test match.

While Afghanistan are playing their first ever Test, there is no shortage of confidence.

Since gaining one day worldwide status in 2009, the Afghans have made giant strides and qualified for their second 50-over World Cup in England and Wales next year. Though they will be playing their first worldwide Test match, they could still have a meaningful impact on the result. They have also been part of four Twenty20 World Cups.

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Rashid Khan (7-0-51-0) the reigning crown prince of 24-ball spells, received a harsh treatment from Dhawan, who smacked him for three boundaries to complete a half-century in 47 balls. Mujeeb and Rashid have played in the IPL and know the Indian conditions well.

India: Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur.

"I think there will always be a bit of disappointment in the players not to be on the same field as Virat, but at the same time we look to win the Test match and beat India, we don't beat Virat", said Simmons.

Afghanistan might have missed the trick by choosing not to take a review for Dhawan. "They have a decent team", he told reporters.

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

"You have to give them credit". Glad that they have chosen to play the historic match with India.