Rahane insists India won’t take Test debutants Afghanistan lightly

Paola Ditto
Giugno 14, 2018

Afghanistan Test squad: Asghar Stanikzai (c), Mohammad Shahzad, Javed Ahmadi, Ihsanullah Jannat, Rahmat Shah, Nasir Jamal, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Zahir Khan, Hamza Hotak, Syed Ahmad Sherzad, Yamin Ahmadzai, Wafadar Momand, Mujeeb ur Rahman. It's a big match for Afghanistan.

The one-off test match is considered as a historic match since this will be Afghanistan's maiden test match after obtaining the test status from ICC.

India are without regular captain Virat Kohli, who initially opted to play for the English county championship side Surrey in June but that did not materialise as he hurt his neck while fielding during the IPL. "They have a decent team... bowlers (are good)", he told reporters on the eve of the one-off Test. "We will be ruthless", a smiling Rahane said.

"It is itself history that we are playing the inaugural and historic Test match against the number-one team in the world", said Stanikzai, reflecting on what lies ahead. Playing a Test match is always special.

In regards to the Afghan spin sensation Rashid Khan, Nair said "Most of us have played him in the T20 but this is a different ball game".

"Every member will like to believe that their team is good". The hosts will have their best spinners in the world - Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, who have singlehandedly dominated on home turf adding much to the script of India's rise to the top spot in Test cricket. 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.

Despite praising the nascent achievements of Afghanistan as an global cricket team, Karthik has stated that Indian spinners will be a lot more experienced than their counterparts and have the ability to change the course of the game. "We have to look and see what happens. but his professionalism will help him to adjust and am sure he will come out well".

Stanikzai admitted his inexperienced unit faced a daunting task in the long format but said they were determined to put their best foot forward.

"Getting back to Test mode from T20 is about tuning our minds rather than focusing on skills".

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