Led by Asghar Stanikzai, Afghanistan become the 12th Test playing nation in less than two decades after being recognised by International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2001. Here we discuss that one humungous strength, their weaknesses, opportunity and threats in this SWOT analysis. But this will be a new challenge for Afghanistan playing against India in their first ever test match.
"I congratulate the people of Afghanistan as their cricket team plays their first worldwide Test match".
Regular captain Kohli was anyhow going to miss the match as he had lined up a stint in county cricket to prepare for the England Test series.
The match-up of Afghan spinners versus Indian spinners has been talked up and it remains to be seen if leg spin star Rashid Khan and company can rattle India. "India had also helped in construction of cricket stadiums and grounds in Afghanistan, like in Kandahar", said an official.
And if India had to prove they were nervous by then, Dinesh Karthik, returning to Tests after eight years, ran halfway down the pitch and failed to ground his bat when diving to return after Hardik Pandya responded in the negative to a non-existent run on the off side.
"I think there will always be a bit of disappointment in the players not to be on the same field as Virat, but at the same time we look to win the Test match and beat India, we don't beat Virat", said Simmons. "Today, cricket is a unifying force for the people of Afghanistan", Modi said in a statement.
The left-hander has scored over 100 runs in a session before, though, doing so against Australia on debut in Mohali in 2013, and then against Sri Lanka in Galle past year. We just want to go out there and play our best. In March, the teenager became the fastest bowler to reach 100 one-day worldwide wickets, and is now the world's top-ranked Twenty20 bowler. His superb performance in T20 leagues and for national team earned him the tag of the best T20 bowler at present from the legendary Sachin Tendulkar during this edition of the Indian Premier League.
Rahane refused to draw comparisons between the two spin-attacks, or delve deeper into whether the Indian spin troika of R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav will have a point to prove in the Test, but stated that what will effectively be a decisive factor is who handles the pressure situations better.