Only Test, Afghanistan tour of India at Bengaluru, Jun 14

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Only Test, Afghanistan tour of India at Bengaluru, Jun 14

As government officials here said, India has been associated with the development of cricket in Afghanistan since 2001 when Afghanistan joined ICC.

"They're able to produce big players even in a tournament like the IPL (Indian Premier League).They have some key players who are producing some big performances for them".

India went to tea at 248 for one, as rain played a spoilsport to halt the game. "What is important is that every test match counts and we can't take them lightly".

This, he said, reflects the indomitable Afghan spirit to overcome all challenges and realise aspirations for a prosperous, stable, united and a peaceful nation. This Afghanistani magician a match victor is just like Virat Kohli for their team.

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.

Afghanistan, meanwhile, won the qualifiers in Zimbabwe in March and this maiden test against the world's number one ranked side is a seal of further approval on its meteoric rise in global cricket.

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Indirectly drawing reference to Rashid Khan's success in the IPL, Karthik said: "In just two years they have got a few household names and it's only going to get better". Here we discuss that one humungous strength, their weaknesses, opportunity and threats in this SWOT analysis. "All opponents are the same, and we wish to be ruthless here", Rahane said. 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. The Test might be of massive significance to Afghanistan, being their first and all, but to India this is more of a chance to give their Test regulars a chance to get some game-time before leaving for the much-hyped series in England.

The hosts have picked their experienced spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, leaving left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav out of the starting line-up.

The previous record for highest score by an India batsman in the first session of a Test was 99 runs by Virender Sehwag against West Indies in Gros Islet in 2006. India is led by Ajinkya Rahane while Afghanistan will be captained by Asghar Stanikzaiin the historic Test.

The hapless bowlers struggled during the first two sessions as they were not able to hit the correct "Test match length", especially the spinners, who are used to bowling flat and quick.

India's role in Afghan cricket is evident from a tender the External Affairs Ministry recently floated for making a 10-minute movie titled: Afghan Cricketers: The Rising Stars to showcase the rise of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi on Indian soil.

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