Rahane insists India won’t take Test debutants Afghanistan lightly

Karun Nair looks to seal India berth. credit Twitter

Karun Nair looks to seal India berth. credit Twitter

Afghanistan will face the number one team and all eyes will be on them on how do they perform.

While the next five days will define which set of spinners will have an upperhand, Indian batting has a proven pedigree even without Virat Kohli's presence in the squad.

Afghanistan started its maiden five-day test match in Bengaluru on Thursday, with the match attended by top government officials from both sides.

The test cricketer Karun Nair has slammed the Afghan skipper Asghar Stanikzai for his bold statement on spinners as the historic test match between the two countries will kick off from Thursday.

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Since gaining one day global status in 2009, the Afghans have made giant strides and qualified for their second 50-over World Cup in England and Wales next year.

"It's important we play our minds rather than skills, because getting back to Test from T20 cricket is all about tuning your mind rather than focusing on your skills".

Afghanistan, who have been forced to train in India since 2015 because of the conflict at home, have just secured a T20 series sweep over Bangladesh with teen sensation Rashid Khan now an global star.

Dhawan greeted Rashid with three boundaries in the leg-spinner's first over.


Karthik has appreciated the spirit of Afghanistan players as he felt they have flourished themselves in conditions of turmoil.

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

India: Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur. I don't think he has played too many red-ball games.

Rahane, who is standing in as captain for Kohli, said his side will have to fight for victory.

Afghanistan might have missed the trick by choosing not to take a review for Dhawan.

"As a Test team we can not take anyone for granted because cricket is a amusing game".

"We are going to focus on our strengths, our positives".

Rahane said it would be an "honour" for every Indian to be part of the match and acknowledge Afghanistan's big moment in cricket.

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