Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Every Indian player is a Virat Kohli, says Afghanistan skipper

Every Indian player is a Virat Kohli, says Afghanistan skipper

"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. India takes pride in being shoulder-to-shoulder with Afghanistan in this journey.

Editorial team of CricketCountry. Whether they possess the temperament and grit to play through a spell of Ashwin or Jadeja would remain the big question for Afghanistan as they head to Bengaluru.

Both the teams will rely heavily on their spin department. "May sports continue to bring our people closer and strengthen ties", wrote Modi. India have lost just one Test at home since 2013, a mind-blowing feat considering the stature of the teams they have hosted. "Rashid is one bowler, who can adjust (to the longer format), but test match is a different ball game", 56-year-old Rajput told PTI sources.

Talking about Rashid Khan - one man who has put Afghanistan on global cricket.

Afghanistan started its maiden five-day test match in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru on Thursday, with the match attended by top government officials from both sides.

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Former Afghanistan coach Inzamam ul Haq, the ex-Pakistan captain, said the team s "passion" in adversity sets them apart, and the performances of Khan and the other spinners in the IPL has boosted their confidence.

Hailing the feat achieved by Afghanistan, Modi said it had come in "challenging and difficult" circumstances. They have a decent team. bowlers [are good].

"We will try to play good cricket". But I would say our spinners have a lot of experience and I would say experience can't be easily bought.

"We are going to focus on our strengths, our positives. When we first went onto the field, there was excitement and some nerves as well".

Rahane was roped in as stand-in skipper in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli, who is now undergoing rehabilitation for a neck injury that he sustained during his campaign with the Rajasthan Royals at the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The most revent was previous year by David Warner against Pakistan.

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Moreover, more than 90 percent of Dhawan's run came in boundaries as he hit 19 fours and three sixes on his way to a century. In fact, Gavaskar believes Shikhar Dhawan should have scored a double ton against Afghanistan .

The last time India were led by Rahane, they posted an eight-wicket win over Australia in an all-important fourth Test in Dharamsala.

There was a neat surprise at the pre-match ceremony, where Salim Durani, the only Afghanistan-born Test cricketer before today (he was born in Kabul), handed over a memento to Stanikzai. "India and now Afghanistan are now two major Asian forces in cricket". First Test match is always special and we all know that.

Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai looked forlorn very early on, attempting to stop the glut by gradually chopping his slip cordon in the face of a rampaging opening stand and a knee injury to Ahmadzai in the eighth over that kept him out for the rest of the first session.

"They attacked us in the morning, especially the spinners, and were successful in scoring quickly", Ahmadzai said. "On a given day, it's the mindset that makes a difference".

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

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