India Win Toss, Opt To Bat vs Afghanistan

Jose Verdugo
Junio 14, 2018

Kuldeep Yadav's contentious selection may or may not have contributed to Anil Kumble losing the coaching job, but there's every chance that the Rahane-Kuldeep combination will once again be seen at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday for a Test that marks Afghanistan's entry into the big league.

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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. We know they're a decent team, with (good) bowlers. "Each and every Test counts and we need to win this one", Rahane said. I hope they get to play a lot of Test Cricket.

The test cricketer Karun Nair has slammed the Afghan skipper Asghar Stanikzai for his bold statement on spinners as the historic test match between the two countries will kick off from Thursday.

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Preparation wise, Afghanistan picked two vastly different squads for the T20Is against Bangladesh and their inaugural Test. Though they will be playing their first global Test match, they could still have a meaningful impact on the result. The hosts will have their best spinners in the world - Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, who have singlehandedly dominated on home turf adding much to the script of India's rise to the top spot in Test cricket. Mujeeb and Rashid have played in the IPL and know the Indian conditions well. "Fortunately the three fast bowlers (Wafadar, Sayed Shirzad and Yamin Ahmadzai) were not in T20I squad and they have been concentrating on Test preparation".

India also have a couple of new players in their squad, which will make Rahane's task of fielding the right combination a bit hard.

Stanikzai had earlier said that the Afghan spinners were better than the Indian spinners. "They have played four-day cricket so they have a fair idea.the good thing about it is that they learn quickly". We are disappointed he is not playing, but a little bit happy that we are not going to bowl to him all the time.

"Getting back to Test cricket from (Twenty20) is all about tuning your mind rather than focusing on your skills", Rahane said. We are happy to be here and playing India.

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