Rahane insists India won’t take Test debutants Afghanistan lightly

14 June, 2018, 07:24 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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The squad comprises five spinners in Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Zahir Khan and left-arm spinner Hamza Kotak, who incidentally emerged as the leading wicket-taker in the recently concluded first-class competition.

Afghanistan might be newcomers but Rahane emphasised on the need to be "ruthless" against a Test side even if it's making a debut on the big stage.

The strife-torn nation secured Test status a year ago along with Ireland, who lost their debut match to Pakistan in Dublin last month. Rahane, who stepped in as the skipper due to the unavailability of Virat Kohli, stated that it was an "honour" to lead the national team in this historic event. "We still had 12-13 players training with red ball", Simmons said.


The live telecast of the India vs Afghanistan one-off Test match will begin at 9:30 AM IST the toss will take place at 09:00 AM IST. It's like any other Test match for us.

Rahane refused to draw comparisons between the spin attacks of the two teams, but praised the experience of India's Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja as well as the talent of Kuldeep Yadav. "Every member of a team, they always believe their team is good, that their bowling attack and their batting is better", he said, the very acme of diplomacy. "Fortunately the three fast bowlers (Wafadar, Sayed Shirzad and Yamin Ahmadzai) were not in T20I squad and they have been concentrating on Test preparation". Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman have been striking players in the IPL. "We have to look and see what happens. but his professionalism will help him to adjust and am sure he will come out well". "We have different tournaments, four-day first-class tournaments, University T20 tournaments", he said.

The Indian team will take on Afghanistan team in the one-off Test at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. He has not played Test cricket. After coming back from IPL, it's important that we train our mind rather than skills, because getting back to Test cricket after T20 is all about tuning your mind rather than focusing on your skills. "But at the same time, we look at it as win the Test match and beat India. We are happy to be here and playing India, Virat is not India".

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