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That will be stumps on Day 1!

In spite of having somewhat of a torrid time in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Navdeep Saini has been added to the Indian Test squad that will face-off against Afghanistan in a historic one-off Test match that will be played in Bengaluru on the 14th of June.

"Yeah, it is a new format for the team but we have played in four-day matches".

"It is an honour for all of us to be part of this Test match".

Dhawan earned his seventh test hundred off 87 balls, and became the first India batsman to score a century in the first session of the opening day of a test. "We just need to be ruthless", Rahane said. We all know the stats but we don't want to focus on the stats.

While Afghanistan´s successes so far have come in short formats of cricket, they must now prove they can stand the physical and mental challenge of a five-day match.

Rashid Khan (7-0-51-0) the reigning crown prince of 24-ball spells, received a harsh treatment from Dhawan, who smacked him for three boundaries to complete a half-century in 47 balls.

That he is a brilliant four-over bowler, is a known and acknowledged fact. The intelligence will be tested during the 15th over, patience during the 23rd over and endurance during the 40th over.

Afghanistan will realise a long-cherished dream when they debut as a test nation on Thursday but captain Asghar Stanikzai ruled out being nervous ahead of the match against their top-ranked hosts India. Partners in earning the Test membership, Ireland had a rather celebrated start to Test cricket when they ran Pakistan close in a home Test last month. "I understand the statement he has made but I would not harp too much on that".

Rashid was a different bowler after the second break as well, switching to a slower pace, a loopier trajectory and relying a lot more on his legbreak.

Karthik further said that Afghanistan have managed to produce a lot of players from the Indian Premier League (IPL) and that he is ecstatic to see the country doing so well at the worldwide level.

The problem with Afghanistan will not be their spinners but their batsmen.

Karthik said that value of experience can never be undermined, a testimony is a whopping 476 Test wickets between Ravichandran Ashwin (311) and Ravindra Jadeja (165 wickets).

In that case, Hardik Pandya is likely to share the new ball with Ishant Sharma with Umesh Yadav sitting out.

While watching Rashid bowl during the pre and post lunch session, it seemed as if Kevin Pietersen's Pataudi memorial lecture was being played on the background. Ireland kept Pakistan under pressure nearly throughout their inaugural Test in Dublin.

But whatever be the outcome, "a lovely journey" has already begun for Afghanistan.


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