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India vs Afghanistan Test Match

India vs Afghanistan Test Match

Rahane also welcomed back Dinesh Karthik, who will be donning the gloves in the absence of injured Wriddhiman Saha, to the Test fold after an eight-year exile.

Afghanistan cricketers greet each other as they walk back to the pavilion after scoring 347-6 at the end of first day with 78 overs bowled during the one-off India vs Afghanistan Test in Bangalore on June 14, 2018. If Afghanistan are to challenge the hosts they will need to learn with each hour of the game. We are prepared. Our batsmen have faced different bowlers - spinners and pacers both - and that is the best preparation.

"If Virat Kohli was here, it would have been more fun playing the Test, with the kind of experience he has and the manner in which he plays Test cricket".

India will field an under-strength side in the one-off test as they have one eye fixed on the long global schedule ahead.

Partners in earning the Test membership, Ireland had a rather celebrated start to Test cricket when they ran Pakistan close in a home Test last month.

This comes as the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his best wishes ahead of the historic test match between the Afghanistan and India cricket teams.

The three-match series in 2007 was India's last Test series win on English soil.

India will look at doing their bit like they do in any other Test against stronger opponents - focusing on winning the Test. Afghanistan, or England, this Indian team is ready to take on.

India has also been associated with the development of cricket in Afghanistan since 2001 when the latter joined the International Cricket Council.

India went to tea at 248 for one, as rain played a spoilsport to halt the game. The moment Rashid or Mujeeb (0/32 in 4 overs) tried to flight, Dhawan would step out, if they upped the pace of the deliveries, they were cut forcefully. India elected to bat first as the stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane won the toss.

"Skill-wise, it won't make a difference, but our attitude matters, to make a quick switch, in terms of our mindset from T20s to Test cricket. Everyone knows Afghanistan is a tough place and the turmoil that they are going through, yet they are able to inspire people with their performances". But, the fact is that only five of the 16-member Test squad - captain Stanikzai, Mohammad Shahzad, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman - will cross over from Dehradun to Bengaluru. In March, the teenager became the fastest bowler to reach 100 one-day worldwide wickets, and is now the world's top-ranked Twenty20 bowler. We have bowlers of similar ilk and they have been bowling at the batsmen.