Afghanistan's Debut Test Match Gets Underway

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"It's a very proud moment", Stanikzai said at the toss.

Afghanistan's captain Asghar Stanikzai said morale among team members was good and they were positive. that no disrespect to Afghanistan though.

Against them, lies the immediate challenge of the Virat Kohli-less Team India on their historic debut in Bengaluru, an Indian side studded with superstars, fresh after the razzmatazz of the IPL and with one eye on the England tour that falls next. "It is an inspiration for worldwide cricket".

The lack of incision in the pace department could also haunt Asghar Stanikzai's men as they hope to usurp the Indians. On behalf of all Afghans I pay tribute to their contribution to the game of cricket and honour them for their contribution to the game.

"The domestic structure is now in place back in Afghanistan". "Skill-wise, it won't make a difference, but our attitude [towards training] matters, if you have to make a quick switch in terms of our mindset from T20s to Test cricket". Play the way we've been playing throughout the season, especially in this format.

While the sense of occasion can be overwhelming for the tourists who attained Test status only a year ago, Rahane said India will not approach this game any differently. And while there is a major gulf between the teams, the Afghans intend to try to bridge that gap with a plucky attitude.

Hailing the feat achieved by Afghanistan, Modi said it had come in "challenging and difficult" circumstances. There is no reason why they can't do it in red-ball cricket. His superb performance in T20 leagues and for national team earned him the tag of the best T20 bowler at present from the legendary Sachin Tendulkar during this edition of the Indian Premier League. "So we are confident of a good showing", Simmons added. First ball is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. India Standard Time on Thursday, June 14, at 40,000-seat M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, India.

Additionally, Mohammed Shami failed a fitness test on Tuesday and has been excluded from the squad and senior batsman Rohit Sharma was dropped after a poor showing in South Africa. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer of the Government of Afghanistan, will be in attendance and if the Test goes into the fourth day, President Ashraf Ghani will fly in. We are not thinking about Afghanistan as well: "yes, we respect them as our opponent but it's important for us to go out there and give more than our 100 per cent", said the top-order batsman. This could blunt Afghanistan's strength in spin, perhaps balancing the scale with India's duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

In exile in India, Afghan cricket is producing world-beaters like 19-year-old spinner Rashid Khan.

"Rashid is so professional, he knows how to deal with it". They back each other and enjoy bowling with each other in the match and in the nets.

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