India Vs Afghanistan, One-Off Test: Shikhar Dhawan Hammers Century Before Lunch

India Vs Afghanistan, One-Off Test: Shikhar Dhawan Hammers Century Before Lunch

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said it is a matter of pride and honour for India to host Afghanistan's maiden Test match and paid tribute to the war-ravaged country's indomitable spirit.

Awarded full member status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) alongside Ireland previous year, Afghanistan became the 12th test-playing nation after first being recognised by the ICC in 2001. Though they will be playing their first global Test match, they could still have a meaningful impact on the result.

Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons' statement about "not knowing what it's all about till you get there" seemed prophetic as the talented bunch of cricketers got their introductory lessons in red ball cricket from two openers, who have played 85 Test matches between themselves.

Afghanistan: Ashgar Stanikzai (Captain), Mohammed Shahzad (wicket-keeper), Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Ihsanullah Janat, Nasir Jamal, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Mohammed Nabi, Rashid Khan, Zahir Khan, Amir Hamza Hotak, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, Yamin Ahmadzai Wafadar, Mujeeb ur Rahman.

On the other hand, Indian batsmen have played well against spinners. India and now Afghanistan are now two major Asian forces in cricket. "Not only are they competing in shorter formats but are also winning series", Karthik appreciated Afghanistan's team.

But the home side have to be a little conscious that they don't slip on a potential banana skin as they come into the game without any match practice.

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"As a Test team we can not take anyone for granted because cricket is a amusing game".

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New Delhi enjoys close relations with Afghanistan and both accuse common neighbour Pakistan of not doing enough to stop Islamist militants operating on its territory.

"We are not going to take Afghanistan lightly".

In Kabul, diplomats from cricket-playing nations and Afghan officials gathered at the Indian embassy to watch the cricket.

"We are lucky that some of our best players are getting a chance to live in India and represent our nation", said an official with the Afghan Cricket Board.

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