India vs Afghanistan, one-off Test

India vs Afghanistan Match preview

India vs Afghanistan Match preview

Afghans have five spinners in their squad in Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Zahir Khan and left-arm spinner Hamza Kotak with the captain Asghar Stanikzai confident about that they can cause trouble against the formidable Indians.

The India v/s Afghanistan Test match will be played at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.

The strife-torn nation secured Test status previous year along with Ireland, who lost their debut match to Pakistan in Dublin last month. The team will be captained by Ajinkya Rahane in absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli. "They have a decent team... bowlers (are good)", he told reporters on the eve of the one-off Test. "Each and every Test counts and we need to win this one", Rahane said.

After proving their worth in limited-overs cricket, Afghanistan are now ready to take ultimate big step - playing Test cricket.

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In the bowling department, India have the star spinning trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav along with pacers Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur. They are quality spinners, they back each other, they enjoy bowling with each other even in the nets and in the match. Mujeeb and Rashid have played in the IPL and know the Indian conditions well. "We have different tournaments, four-day first-class tournaments, University T20 tournaments", he said.

"The mood back home is that they are very positive and supportive and looking forward for the best performance". "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".

Despite praising the nascent achievements of Afghanistan as an worldwide 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. "Over the last three days, the focus has been on tuning our minds, especially because we're coming in after two months of the IPL", said Rahane.