Afghanistan is all set to lock horns against India in their first ever Test match at the M Chinnaswamy in Bangalore on Thursday.
No longer a certainty in the shorter formats, India's stand-in Test captain Ajinkya Rahane on Wednesday said he will talk to the national selection committee in order to get a clearer picture about his mode of preparation for the upcoming Test series in England.
"Our preparation has been good". In a tweet, PM Modi wrote, "I congratulate the people of Afghanistan as their cricket team plays their first global test match". "They have a decent team", he told reporters. They earned the full member status past year from International Cricket Council (ICC) along with Ireland.
"You prepare for what you expect". Our spinners - Kuldeep, Ashwin or Jadeja - they are all experienced. "We have had our own Kuldeep in young Zahir. They enjoy bowling with each other", Rahane said.
Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons said that putting the spotlight on Khan's talents is helping the other players focus on improving. The visitors have named a spin-heavy squad in the one-off encounter against the number one Test side without the likes of Virat Kohli.
The live telecast of the India vs Afghanistan one-off Test match will begin at 9:30 AM IST the toss will take place at 09:00 AM IST. "But at the same time, we look at it as win the Test match and beat India".
"I was with Ireland for a long time, but they haven't produced the amount of youngsters in the last four-five years like Afghanistan have", he said. "We are happy to be here and playing India, Virat is not India". "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. The 48 he made on that spiteful pitch may have shut the door on Rohit Sharma's Test career for the foreseeable future, and Kohli's recent birthday wish on social media suggested that India wouldn't make the mistake of jettisoning Rahane for an overseas Test again any time soon. "My captain knows what he is talking about", Simmons laughed with Stanikzai also grinning beside him.
When asked about Stanikzai's remark that Afghan spinners are better than India's, Simmons said: "When you look at it, all spinners in this contest will be excellent". Mujeeb and Rashid have played in the IPL and know the Indian conditions well.
In is only fitting that they embark on the maiden Test journey in a country where they have found support and cricket residence with most of their training camps held at a facility in Greater Noida.