Rahane insists India won’t take Test debutants Afghanistan lightly

Rahane insists India won’t take Test debutants Afghanistan lightly

Cricket - India v Afghanistan - Afghanistan Team's Press Conference - Bengaluru, India - June 13, 2018 - Afghanistan's cricket team captain Asghar Stanikzai (C), Afghanistan cricket team coach Phil Simmons (L) and Afghanistan's National Team Manager Shir Agha Hamkar address a news conference.

"Its a matter of great pride and vast pleasure that Afghanistan has chosen to play its maiden Test match with India".

Afghanistan is playing its first ever Test match against no.1-ranked India in the historic one-off Test at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday. "I am proud of the men who championed cricket in Afghanistan at the dawn of the century and believed in themselves that one day Afghanistan will play against the best in the world".

Vijay shared a second-wicket stand of 112 with KL Rahul (54), before Afghanistan fought back towards stumps with five wickets for 54 runs, including Ajinkya Rahane (10), who is standing in as skipper for Virat Kohli.

"It's a good thing for the team".

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".

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.

Rashid could have immediately got his second Test wicket in the form of the risky Pujara, who on 30 was dropped at first slip by Mohammed Nabi.

PM Modi, who has been extremely vocal regarding the importance of sports in recent times, further went on to add that Test match will help in strengthening ties between the two nations.

"The kind of improvement they have shown in white ball cricket is phenomenal". It is an inspiration for worldwide cricket. The service charges a $7.99 per month fee, but also offers a one-month free trial, allowing cricket fans to watch the history Test match for free simply by canceling the subscription before the one-month trial period concludes.

Stanikzai said that they are not nervous but "well prepared" for the rigours of Test match cricket. The U.S. Hotstar service is also available on mobile phones and the Roku set-top streaming box by downloading the Hotstar app.

"As President of Afghanistan, I welcome their maiden Test match against India". Access the Indian Hotstar site at this link.