Spin-heavy Afghanistan face India in historic Test

Karun Nair looks to seal India berth. credit Twitter

Only Stanikzai, Mohammad Shahzad, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman featured in their 3-0 T20I whitewash of Bangladesh in Dehrarun earlier this month.

What is the venue for India vs Afghanistan one-off Test match? I always prepare intensely before each and every series but as of now the focus on this Test match.

India are without regular captain Virat Kohli, who initially opted to play for the English county championship side Surrey in June but that did not materialise as he hurt his neck while fielding during the IPL.

"Yeah, it is a new format for the team but we have played in four-day matches. Each and every Test counts and we need to win this one", Rahane said.

Afghanistan play their debut Test.

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"As a Test team, we can not take anyone for granted because cricket is a amusing game". It's like any other Test match for us.

Despite praising the nascent achievements of Afghanistan as an worldwide cricket team, Karthik has stated that Indian spinners will be a lot more experienced than their counterparts and have the ability to change the course of the game.

India Test squad: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Shardul Thakur. Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman have been striking players in the IPL.

"Every member will like to believe that their team is good".

"The mood back home is that they are very positive and supportive and looking forward for the best performance". "Fortunately the three fast bowlers (Wafadar, Sayed Shirzad and Yamin Ahmadzai) were not in T20I squad and they have been concentrating on Test preparation". We are disappointed he is not playing, but a little bit happy that we are not going to bowl to him all the time. "Skill-wise, it won't make a difference, but our attitude [towards training] matters, if you have to make a quick switch in terms of our mindset from T20s to Test cricket. We are happy to be here and playing India, Virat is not India". "We have to look and see what happens. but his professionalism will help him to adjust and am sure he will come out well".

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