Shikhar Dhawan strikes brilliant unbeaten 104, India races to 158/0 at lunch

Mae Harvey
June 17, 2018

The 30-year-old last led Indian Test team a year and a half ago when they crushed Australia in Dharamsala.

Come Thursday, cricketing history will be made when the Indian national side takes on Afghanistan's newly put-together team in their first Test match after the latter gained Test playing nation status previous year.

No longer a certainty in the shorter formats, India's stand-in Test captain Ajinkya Rahane today 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. This Afghanistani magician a match victor is just like Virat Kohli for their team.

Factually, he was correct as Kuldeep's 24 first-class games including two Test matches is 13 more than the aggregate of 11 four-day games between three of their specialist spinners - Rashid Khan (4), Zahir Khan (7) and Zadran (0).

India enforced follow-on against test debutants Afghanistan after skittling out the tourists for a paltry 109 at tea on day two of the one-off match in Bengaluru on Friday.

Recently, after routing Bangladesh in a three-match T20 series, Stanikzai said that Afghanistan have better quality spinners than India.

"I think that s a pretty big statement to make considering they haven t played Test cricket", Nair told reporters.

Awarded full member status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) alongside Ireland in June a year ago, Afghanistan became the 12th test-playing nation after first being recognized by the ICC in 2001.

Afghanistan might be newcomers but Rahane emphasised on the need to be "ruthless" against a Test side even if it's making a debut on the big stage. It's been a highlight for ICC to have a Test nation in Afghanistan. India donates hundreds of cricketing kits to young players and has plans to build small pitches in major districts of Afghanistan.

It took Ashwin only three deliveries to claim the scalp of rival captain Asghar Stanikzai as Afghanistan's top five batsmen were sent back to the hut with just 50 runs on the board. It played at the ODI World Cup for the first time in 2015 and has already qualified for next year's championship in England. They have a decent team. bowlers [are good].

"But no amount of war stopped me from sneaking out to play cricket with my brothers". At the same time, we will not be taking them lightly. It's like any other test match for us. We had dignitaries from both the countries witnessing the game and many more following it across the globe. "Our spinners, Ashwin, Jadeja and Kuldeep are experienced and quality spinners".

Dhawan looked in sublime touch right from the start, punishing the pace duo of Yamin Ahmadzai and Wafadar for glorious boundaries before sending his Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate Rashid Khan to the cleaners.

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