Afghanistan bowlers enjoy late success on Test cricket debut against India

Afghanistan bowlers enjoy late success on Test cricket debut against India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated the people of Afghanistan as their national cricket team faces India in their historic first ever Test match at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

It will be Afghanistan's first test match after gaining the status of test playing nation previous year.

For the hosts sans regular skipper Virat Kohli, wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik made a comeback to the Test side after nearly eight years.

However, this being a five-match Test series, there is every chance of one of India's front-line batsmen finding himself out of form. "Last couple of years we have performed well". Most of our matches are live on social media so they are coming through. A skilful leg-break bowler, he has stood up to the challenge in both ODIs and t20, not to mention his remarkable success in the IPL (Indian Premier League). It was the first time the nation was playing a First-Class fixture against a strong Zimbabwe XI which had as much as 7 cricketers who went on to play Test cricket for Zimbabwe. "My parents even forbid my siblings and I to play cricket outside our home", Khan, one of 12 children, said in a recent interview with Afghan media. India and now Afghanistan are now two major Asian forces in cricket.

"I am very proud to be at Bengaluru for @ACBofficials historic inaugural test match against @BCCI June 14-18 2018".

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Former coach Lalchand Rajput, under whom Afghanistan had earned the Test status, said it is an emotional moment for the team as they play their maiden Test against India but only time will tell how they succeed in the longer format of the game. Although Afghanistan players have had a fair exposure to worldwide cricket, through its participation in 98 ODIs, including the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and in additional 66 in t20 format, including appearances, in the last four editions of The World Twenty20, Afghanistan players have very limited experience of four-day cricket.

Though Saha remains the No1 choice for England for now, we take a look at a few reasons why Karthik could still play a big part on the tour. However, being a quick learner, he came back well in the final session varying the pace of his deliveries and getting the ball to dip in troubling the middle-order with a final spell of 9-2-15-1. "We won't take them (Afghanistan) lightly", Rahane said.

Afghanistan have also been part of four Twenty20 World Cups.

While the star-studded bowling line-up has hogged most of the limelight, the Afghans would expect their batsmen to contribute equally if they hope for a dream start to their Test journey.

An excellent spin attack led by Rashid Khan is a reason for Afghanistan's confidence.

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