Rajyavardhan Rathore meets players before start of India-Afghanistan Test

Rajyavardhan Rathore meets players before start of India-Afghanistan Test

Both Ireland and Afghanistan were granted Full Member and Test status last June.

At the break, Murali Vijay (41 not out) and Dhawan (104 not out) went back intact, leaving Afghanistan to rethink over their strategies in their first ever Test match.

Rahane refused to draw comparisons between the two spin-attacks, or delve deeper into whether the Indian spin troika of R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav will have a point to prove in the Test, but stated that what will effectively be a decisive factor is who handles the pressure situations better. "It's a very proud moment", Stanikzai said at the toss. All guys have first-class experience. We have limited players from different provinces but when they perform we give them a chance in our teams like A team and development squad.

Rahane survived a caught behind decision early in his innings before being saved by a review but failed to make the most of the opportunity as Rashid Khan caught him plumb in front after two frustrating sessions.

Resuming the second session at 158/0, India lost the lone wicket of centurion Shikhar Dhawan (107 off 96) when the Delhi opener found a thick edge off Yamin Ahmadzai'd delivery which landed at the first slip. "We are excited and the people back home are excited that we are playing the number one ranked side in our first test".

Rahane, who captained Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, said it was important now for his team's players to switch mentally from T20 mode to playing in the longest format.

Afghans took to social media to celebrate the start of the Test, which comes amid a government ceasefire during the holy month of Ramadan.


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. "Today is that historic day".

India is the world's top-ranked test side.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he hoped the match could bring the South Asian neighbours closer together.

Afghan cricket grew out of the refugee camps in Pakistan where many families were based after they fled the Afghan conflict in the 1980s and 1990s.

The national team have made giant strides against much richer and more stable countries, despite unrest at home which has forced them to train in India since 2015.

The Asghar Stanizkai-led team, who learnt their cricket in refugee camps in Pakistan, were awarded Test status previous year along with Ireland.

On the team front, Simmons dropped a hint that beefy keeper-batsman Mohammed Shahzad may purely play as a batsman as they have a designated four-day keeper in Afsar Zazai.

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