Sunday, 26 May, 2019

India Win Toss, Opt To Bat vs Afghanistan

Will Rashid Khan achieve the same level of overwhelming success in the longest format as well Will Rashid Khan achieve the same level of overwhelming success in the longest format as well
Cary Erickson | 14 June, 2018, 08:48

In young Zahir [Khan] we have a bowler of similar ilk and they have been bowling to the batsmen.

"We are not feeling nervous", he told a news conference on Wednesday. "We are well-prepared".

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. Fortunately for us, three of our fast bowlers were not in the T20 squad so they have been concentrating on what they had to do. "We have succeeded in our plans and we will look play this Test the same way".

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.

Afghanistan is all set to lock horns against India in their first ever Test match at the M Chinnaswamy in Bangalore on Thursday. The only time they struggled was against Australia in 2017. We are happy to be here and playing India.

The surface aside, it was also inevitable Simmons was going to be asked about Stanikzai's remarks of Afghanistan's spinners being better than India's. Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman have been striking players in the IPL. He hasn't played Test cricket, so we have to look and see what happens.

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The Bengaluru pitch is expected to have some grass on it, but Simmons hopes it will assist the spinners.

Like Dinesh Karthik, Rahane also didn't want to read too much into Afghan captain Asghar Stanikzai's statement about the visiting spinners being superior to the Indian trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav. "So we have put that in front of them and I think they have worked hard enough to be put out there, we will see what it brings tomorrow", he added.

"The mental part comes from the way you train, how long you bat and how long you bowl and train in the nets". "That's the only way you prepare mentally because when you get out there then you understand what it takes".

"The mood back home is that they are very positive and supportive and looking forward for the best performance".

The one-off test match is considered as a historic match since this will be Afghanistan's maiden test match after obtaining the test status from ICC. They earned the full member status previous year from International Cricket Council (ICC) along with Ireland.

Rahane, who is standing in as captain for Kohli, said his side will have to fight for victory. We have limited players from different provinces but when they perform we give them a chance in our teams like A team and development squad.