Ajinkya Rahane cautions Indian players ahead of historic one-off Test against Afghanistan

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"I don't know what the person (Stanikzhai) had said, but you have got to understand that we have got a lot of experience, not only in Test match cricket but a lot of domestic cricket, a lot of four-day matches".

33-year-old Krishnakumar Dinesh Karthik will play his comeback match as India will take on Afghanistan in the lone Test match-series on Thursday.

Karthik said that value of experience can never be undermined, a testimony is a whopping 476 Test wickets between Ravichandran Ashwin (311) and Ravindra Jadeja (165 wickets).

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.

"Experience at the end of the day has a lot of value as you saw with CSK in IPL".

He feels that Afghanistan spinners' phenomenal show in shorter versions can be transformed in longer versions also.

"That's a pretty big statement to make, considering they haven't played Test cricket", Nair was quoted as saying by Mid-Day. But I would say our spinners have a lot of experience and I would say experience can't be easily bought. "I am sure their players will also vouch for that".

The wicket-keeper batsman said that Afghanistan's journey should be put into perspective simply because what the players have achieved in an environment of turmoil.

"Oh! It's a lovely journey, isn't it? 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 percent", said the top-order batsman.

Karthik praised the efforts of Afghanistan players especially given the fact they had practised in a situation of turmoil.

Over a quick period of time, Afghanistan has raised itself from the Associate nation to a Test playing nation status and has left its mark in ODIs and T20Is.

"Credit to them (TN Ranji side) as well for having put up with me over the tough years". This is a tremendous achievement, given the little infrastructure they have. I hope they get to play a lot of Test cricket.

The dashing keeper-batsman also feels that playing Ranji Trophy for Tamil Nadu kept him on his toes as the team was playing Ranji Trophy knock-outs nearly every two years. "Not only are they competing in shorter formats but are also winning series (Bangladesh)". Afghanistan could be a template for other countries that nothing is impossible. "(Their emergence is) good for the sport as well.

"As a Test team, we can not take anyone for granted because cricket is a amusing game". Many countries can take this route and take the challenge and do as well as they can.