India vs Afghanistan 2018 Test: Afghans primed for red-ball challenge

Afghanistan is all set to make its Test debut against India in Bengaluru this week

Afghanistan is all set to make its Test debut against India in Bengaluru this week

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.

Players like Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi have won hearts of millions of people in India through their performance in the IPL.

Afghanistan, who have been forced to train in India since 2015 because of the conflict at home, have just secured a T20 series sweep over Bangladesh with teen sensation Rashid Khan now an worldwide star. 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.

"I am very proud to be at Bengaluru for @ACBofficials historic inaugural test match against @BCCI June 14-18 2018. When we first went onto the field, there was excitement and some nerves as well".

"We also request other test cricketing nations to arrange regular series with Afghanistan". Indian Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore shook hands with Afghan players before the match and read out a congratulatory statement from Modi.

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Rashid could have immediately got his second Test wicket in the form of the risky Pujara, who on 30 was dropped at first slip by Mohammed Nabi.

He continued in his role as leader of the pace attack and was an important part of the side led by MS Dhoni that eventually lifted the inagural edition of the World T20 in South Africa. "As for big names missing from the opposition, we are playing against India and not Virat or any other individual", Simmons said.

Afghanistan achieved full member status of the International Cricket Council past year, becoming only the 12th Test team despite conflict at home which has forced them to train in India since 2015.

"Mujeeb has just come in, he had a successful IPL".

If India decide to go with four bowlers and one fast bowling all-rounder (Hardik Pandya), then Karun Nair, who has been out of the Indian side for a year and a half, might have to wait longer.

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Most cricket-loving Afghans were watching the match on TV back home as they prepared for a three-day public holiday marking the Muslim festival of Eid.

"We have a lot of experience, in not only test cricket but also domestic cricket and a lot of four-day matches".

It is not often that Rahane shows as much intensity, but the responsibility of captaincy in a Test match of such magnitude, he's bound to want a win at any cost.

India's role in Afghan cricket is evident from a tender the External Affairs Ministry recently floated for making a 10-minute movie titled: Afghan Cricketers: The Rising Stars to showcase the rise of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi on Indian soil.

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